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Phyllis Detz

Born: Mon., Jan. 9, 1911
Died: Sun., Apr. 29, 2012

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PHYLLIS DETZ

Phyllis Verna Mae Detz, 101, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at her home in the Essex House, Lemoyne, where she had lived the past six years.

She was born on January 9th, 1911, in Marysville, the eldest child of Gerald Arthur and Rena Mae (Haney) Dissinger. Growing up, she graduated from Marysville High School in 1928, received a teaching certificate from Millersville Normal School (now Millersville University) in 1930, and started educating seventh and eighth grade pupils in Marietta, Lancaster County, that year. While there, she met her husband, Joseph Ernest Detz, to whom she was wed in 1937.

In 1933, Phyllis began teaching at the Marysville Public schools, continuing after the birth of her daughter, Deborah, in 1943, and her husband's World War II Army service in the Pacific. After the War she returned to Millersville for a bachelor's degree, and was also awarded a master's degree in library science by Penn State. Phyllis ended her 40 year teaching career as a librarian with the Susquenita and West Shore School Districts.

During her long life, besides her many professional accomplishments, Phyllis was also a skilled pianist, captain of the Millersville women's basketball team in 1930, a first-rate Scrabble player, an avid hiker and knowledgeable amateur naturalist, author of On This Day, a collection of short readings used in lieu of morning school prayers, founder of the Marysville-Rye Public Library, a world traveler, a devoted wife, and a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt.

Phyllis will be greatly missed by her family, her many friends, her former students, and by the innumerable acquaintances she made throughout her travels. Predeceased by her husband, Ernie, her brothers Blaine and Kenneth, she is survived by her daughter Deborah Friday and son-in-law Phillip, of Lemoyne, granddaughter Jenny Friday of Berkeley, California, grandson Patrick Friday of Los Angeles, California, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A gathering of remembrance in Phyllis's honor is planned for 1:00 pm, Tuesday, May 8th, at the Church of God, 106 Maple Avenue, Marysville, PA. Donations in Phyllis's name may be made to the Marysville-Rye Library or the Marysville Church of God.

Arrangements by Auer Cremation Services of Pennsylvania, Inc.

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