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Obituaries

Phyllis Head

Aug. 30, 2018

Phyllis Head, 90, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, following a brief illness.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday morning, Sept. 15 at the United Church of Monticello, where the family will greet friends at 10 a.m. Rev. Ed Moreano and Rev. Julia Poulsen will officiate at the services. Goettsch Funeral Home in Monticello, has been entrusted with Phyllis’ care and services. Memorials may be made to the United Church of Monticello or Simpson College.

Surviving are three children, Cathi (Charles) Bencken of Monticello, and their children, Nathan (Kitty) Sesma, Chris (Averi) Bencken, Megan (Albert Gonzalez) Sesma and David (Jennifer) Sesma; David (Francie) Head of Monticello, and their children, Zach (Amy) Akin and Breanna (Gary) Mathis; Mary (John) Brayton of Port Orford, Ore., and their son, Benjamin Brayton; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ellen (James) Malcomson of Barrington, N.H.; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Olinger of Ankeny and Nancy (Ray) Scharf of Fort Dodge. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; and her brother, William Warren.

Phyllis Maude Warren was born April 26, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pa. She was the daughter of William J. and Emma Riday Warren. Phyllis graduated from Ridley Park High School in Philadelphia in 1946, and graduated from Simpson College in Indianola. Phyllis married Robert Head June 14, 1950, at Siloam Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Pa. She started teaching third and fourth grade in Shelby County, Iowa and later at Woodbine. She taught in the Onawa schools seven years and in Newton for 28 years, retiring in 1985. In 1987, Phyllis and Bob became snowbirds, living between St. Petersburg, Fla., and Cedar Falls. They moved to Monticello in 2000. Following Bob’s death March 18, 2002, Phyllis continued to snowbird until 2016.

Phyllis was a member of the United Church of Monticello and Aldersgate United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg. She also belonged to the church choir and groups, Monticello Golf Club, P.E.O., Womens Club of Five Towns and Angel Stitches, a sewing group in St. Petersburg.

Phyllis loved to play golf, won numerous Best in Show ribbons for her pies at the Jones County Fair and was famous for her cookies.

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