Peacefully, at home, on Saturday, May 23, 2020, Phylis (McBride) Deichert, one week before her 91st birthday. Loving wife for 63 years of the late Earl Deichert (2016), and dear mother of John of Angus, Susan of Ottawa, and the late Elizabeth (2007). Sadly missed by brother Wesley McBride of Zurich, and brother- and sisters-in-law Edward Deichert and Karen Rader of London, Dorothy Elligsen of Stratford, Margaret L. Deichert of Zurich, and Mary McBride of Hensall. Predeceased by parents Roy and Margaret (McNain) McBride, brothers Hugh, Keith and John McBride, and brothers- and sisters-in-law Marjory McBride, Elaine Colquhoun, Harvey and Edith Hohner, Clifford and Laura Pepper, Edgar Elligsen, Claire and Margaret J. Deichert, and Elaine Deichert. Fondly remembered by her many nephews and nieces.
Phylis was an elementary school teacher for 35 years. Starting at age 18, she taught 10 years in one-room schoolhouses in Stanley and Hay Townships, followed by 7 years at Zurich Public School and 18 years at Hensall Public School. In retirement, she was active in the church Sunday School and the ELW, Scouts, Golden Agers and Quilters’ Guild. She especially enjoyed playing piano with various groups, providing entertainment at local nursing homes.
The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the nurses and PSWs of Saint Elizabeth Health Care and Care Partners for their care and willingness to come to Phylis’ home so that she could spend her final days there.
A private graveside service will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Zurich on Wednesday, May 27 at 11 AM with Pastor Nadine Schroeder-Kranz officiating. Haskett Funeral Home, ZURICH entrusted with arrangements. A celebration of Phylis’ life will be held at a later date when friends and family can come together to share their memories of her.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Zurich would be appreciated by the family