Phyllis Wrobel
May 4, 1922 - May 11, 2020

Phyllis Wrobel

Phyllis Wrobel
May 4, 1922 - May 11, 2020

Phyllis Wrobel

MUSCATINE, Iowa -Phyllis Jane Wrobel, 98, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away May 11, 2020, at Lutheran Living, due to complications of the Covid-19 Virus.

There will be no visitation or services at this time. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to New Hope Methodist Church or Lutheran Living Activity Center. Online condolences may be made at

Phyllis was born on May 4, 1922, in DeKalb, Illinois, to Earl and Ruth Stoddard Bemis. After graduation from Sterling High School, she studied and worked at the Cradle in Evanston, Illinois, caring for newborns. On August 14, 1943, Phyllis married Clarence Frank Wrobel in Rochelle, Illinois.

While living in Arlington Heights she worked in sales for Sears in Schaumburg, Illinois. Her many activities included Brownie Scout leader and Cub Scout Den Mother. After retiring to Green Valley, Arizona with her husband, Phyllis enjoyed hiking , sewing, and crafting with Clarence. Later in Muscatine, as a member of New Hope Methodist Church, Phyllis continued her love of sewing and crafting with her craft group. It was a special joy to Phyllis to make quilts and gifts especially for her great grandchildren.

Those left to honor and cherish her memory include her children, Lucy (Wrobel) and Craig Smith of Colorado, Cathy (Wrobel) Ruden of Muscatine, and Bill and Carol Sue Wrobel of Arizona; grandchildren, Natalie Kelsey, Darrell Smith, Larissa Meister, Andy Ruden, Tom Ruden, and Julie Mueller; and eleven great grandchildren.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; a sister; her loving husband Clarence; son-in-law Paul Ruden; and one great grandchild, Savannah Kelsey.

The family wishes to thank the staff and nurses at Lutheran Living for all the love and care they gave Phyllis.


Jane olson O'Toole on May 18, 2020

Cathy, condolences and prayers on the loss of your Mother.

Jane Olson O'Toole.

Irene (Cathy) Kite on May 17, 2020

I remember visiting her home in Chicago with my husband Julian and with Paul and Cathy Ruden and how gracious she and her husband were to us and what a good time we had in their home. Cathy Kite, Rolla Mo

Tara Korthaus on May 15, 2020

Oh Phyllis I'm so going to miss seeing your sewing projects. They were all so very beautiful just like you. It was a pleasure to get to know you at Lutheran Living. My heart aches but I know you are at peace and still sewing like crazy. To the family you have my condolence! Thank you for sharing her--she was loved by all!

Erica - therapist at Lutheran living on May 13, 2020

Phyllis Was such a beautiful lady with a beautiful soul. She was active and wise, and enjoyed her exercise even into her 90s! She was a joy to talk to and had a beautiful smile! She will be missed so much! To her family, I am sorry for your loss. She is so lucky to have such a loving family.

Erica - therapist at Lutheran living on May 13, 2020

Phyllis was truly a special lady. She was active and enjoyed her exercise even into her 90s! She was a joy to talk to and had a beautiful soul. She will be missed dearly.

Teresa Brown on May 12, 2020

so sorry to hear this She was a very nice lady i know the family will miss her and sorry it happened during the virus and all issues connected with it



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