Phyllis J. Wiltheiss age 91 of Berne, IN – formerly of Piqua, OH passed away at 12:37 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2019 in Swiss Village Nursing Home Berne, IN. She was born on June 6, 1928 in Green Township Shelby County, OH to the late Frank R. and Cora E. (Weissinger) Maxson. She married Robert L. Wiltheiss on June 25, 1947, who preceded her in death. She is survived by four children and their spouses, Marilyn and Dale Morgan of Piqua, Becky and the Rev. Ronald Devenport, Walkerton, IN., Roberta and Jim Lehman of Berne, IN., and Dan and Becky Wiltheiss of Piqua.
She was a loving grandmother to 12 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and 7 great, great grandchildren.
She is survived by 3 sister-in-laws, Nellie Thornton of Erie, PA., Peggy Drennan of Covington, OH, Carla VanHoogen of Boise, Idaho and many nieces and nephews and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandchild and a great grandchild, six brothers – Harold A., Myron F., Charles A., John W., Harry V., Silas L. Maxson and 5 sisters – Marveline Everett, Mabel Reed, Esta Everett, Pearl Baker, and Dorothy Schaffer.
Phyllis was an active member at Union Baptist church, in teaching Sunday school, VBS, Junior church, and assisted with the Miami County Youth for Christ. She was active in the church, and bell choirs. She served as a deaconess and other committees of the church. She was best known for her homemade donuts for the Easter Sunrise Breakfast. In the late 50’s early 60’s, she and Viola Deal were instrumental in conducting the Good News Bible Club for the children in the neighborhood at their McKinley Ave. home.
She graduated from Lena Conover High school in 1947 and retired in 1988 as head cook of the Piqua High School after 25 years of service. She started her cooking career at Favorite Hill elementary school and throughout the years cooked for the YMCA and YWCA summer camp, local and state Baptist Church camps, and the Piqua High School band camp. She also volunteered at the Bethany Center and other organizations in preparing meals.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Union Baptist Church, 1833 E. Peterson Road, Troy, Ohio 45373. Funeral services will begin at 3:00 p.m. with Reverend Marla Brown presiding. Burial will follow in Fletcher Cemetery, N. Walnut Street, Fletcher, OH. Memorial donations may be made to Agape Respite Care, P.O. Box 84, Berne, IN 46711 or to Swiss Village Samaritan Fund, 1350 W. Main Street, Berne, IN 46711. Condolences to the family may be sent to www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com.
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