Phyllis M. VanAlstine

Phyllis M. VanAlstine, 80, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home, and formerly of LeMans Road, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Elk Haven, after a lengthy illness.

She was born August 6, 1939, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Albert “Chubby” and Cecilia Smith Weis.  Phyllis was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Leo’s School.

On March 2, 1957, in Ridgway, Phyllis married Charles C. VanAlstine, who preceded her in death on December 12, 1987.

She is survived by six daughters, Kay Caskey of St. Marys, Jodi Foster of St. Marys, Dawn Vogt and her husband John of St. Marys, Lesa Hanes and her husband Chris of Erie, Gloria Forster and her husband Terry of St. Marys, and Ginny Schreiber and her husband Mark of St. Marys; and by two sons, Charles R. VanAlstine and his wife Lisa of St. Marys and John VanAlstine and his wife Kimberly of Wilcox.  Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, Julie Anthony, Derek Foster, Brandon Foster, Morgan Lichtenfels, John Ryan Vogt, Benjamin Vogt, Taylor Hanes, Alex Hanes, Christian Hanes, Philip Forster, Darren Forster, Jared Forster, Samantha Forster, Trenton Schreiber, Owen Schreiber, Irelynn Schreiber, and Ciara VanAlstine; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nora Johnson and her husband Bruce of Ridgway and Judy Dahler and her husband Ralph of Ridgway; and by a brother, James Weis and his wife Valerie of St. Marys.

In addition to her husband and parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by a grandson, David Caskey in 2001; a sister, Mary Donahue; a brother, Albert “Buzzy” Weis; and by a son-in-law, Douglas J. Foster in 2019.

Phyllis was a devoted Christian and she deeply loved her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed cooking, playing Bingo, and playing cards.

Visitation will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, from 5:00 until 7:00 PM.  A Funeral Service will be held immediately after the visitation with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, officiating.  Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk Haven Nursing Home, Activity Fund, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Colin and Judy Foster July 13, 2020 at 8:35 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Kate Cousins July 13, 2020 at 11:44 am

My thoughts are with the family. John and Dawn, I’m here if you need me. Love you guys.

Crystal Gornati July 13, 2020 at 7:35 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of Phyllis passing. I was thinking about all of the crazy things we did at your house growing up- I never remember her ever yelling at us (though I’m sure at least one of us deserved it…). I remember when she learned how to drive, and how she rarely missed a good bingo game! She always had a smile on her face. My heart aches for all of you in this sad time. Many hugs, thoughts and prayers coming your way from me.

Gene & Donna Sidelinger July 13, 2020 at 9:35 pm

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Peggy Yarwasky July 14, 2020 at 8:39 am

I am so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May GOD be with you all to help you through this loss. Prayers to all.

Love, Peggy & Walter

Marion Brisbon July 14, 2020 at 10:03 am

My thoughts and Prayers are with all you. Faith will lead you through these times.

Ken Weis July 14, 2020 at 10:54 am

Sorry to learn of Phyllis’ passing.
Ellen and I send our deepest sympathy to the whole family.

Cousin Ken Weis (second son of Jack & Lucille)
Mount Vernon, Ohio

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