Phyllis Maude Swartz, 86, was born May 30, 1921 to Calvin and Nettie (Hartley) Swartz, in York Township. She died in Sarasota, Fla., Sept.16, 2007.
Survivors include her devoted husband, Arch Carmichael of Oakville, Canada; her stepchildren, William and Margaret (James) Blanch, and step grandchildren, Ronda and Michael, all of Mississauga, Canada; her son, Robert (Linda) Skiles, granddaughter, Cindy Skiles and great-grandchildren, Hannah and Caleb Stover, all of Bellevue; her niece, Gloria Swartz (Richard) Heisler of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Port Clinton; nephews, Jim (Beulah) Swartz of Port Clinton, Tom (Jackie) Swartz of Port Richey, Fla., Roger (Mary Lou) Swartz of Springhill, Fla., and Ed (Rita) Hartzell of Findlay, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters, Evelyn (Jack) Drohen and Thelma Hartzell Reitz, both of Bellevue; and brothers, Robert (Florence) Swartz of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and Don (Marabelle) Swartz of Bellevue; nephews, Charles Hartzell and Ruth Hartzell Long, both of Bellevue, and Dr. Theodore Swartz of Middle Bass Island.
Phyllis lived in Sarasota much of her life, working at bookkeeping, restaurant management, and then eventually when that phase of life was over, she enjoyed macram, prolific to the point that many of her pieces wound up in friends and relatives homes. She loved to cook and bake, even canning was a big thing for her. She'd return to help Evelyn "put-up" bushels of green beans, peaches, and make jams and jellies. In her sixties, she returned to Bellevue, where she built a home on County Road 302, although a couple years later, she moved to an apartment in town after her husband died. Florida's warm weather called her back. Scraping car windows in the winter didn't get it. She needed to have a daily dose of sunshine, so she left Bellevue for good.
She always enjoyed good music, especially Big Band, and sang all the words as she listened. Together, she and her husband, would go dancing twice a week and out to eat constantly. They enjoyed life in Sarasota until returning to Oakville, Arch's home, for the summer months. Laughter came easily to her good-nature. She loved to get in the car and "go, go, go," as she put it. She ordered tuna melt sandwiches or a stuffed tomato for lunch, and Italian pasta or chicken for supper, with chocolate pudding or a gooey chocolate brownie or cake for dessert and decaf, always decaffeinated coffee. Never alcohol, she just couldn't shiver it down. She was someone special to know! She will be hugely missed by those who were lucky enough to have her in their lives.
Friends will be received on from 9 a.m. Saturday in Foos and Son Funeral Home, 311 W. Main St., Bellevue, until services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Bruce Kent from Seybert United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at York Chapel Cemetery.
Memorials donations may be made to, Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238; or donor's favorite choice.
Condolences available at foosandsonfuneralhome.com.