Phylis Tillinghast


Phylis Jean (Hofschulte) Tillinghast, 72, died Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Pine Haven Rehabilitation Center in Pine Island, MN.

Phylis was born on September 16, 1948 in Rochester, MN to William N. and Christeva (Schwersincki) Hofschulte. Her parents died when Phylis was young. Her aunt and uncle, Henry and Estela Smith, raised her to adulthood. She graduated from Lourdes High School in 1966. She married Joel C. Morales on September 11, 1976 in Chicago, IL and later divorced. She married James R. Tillinghast on May 1, 2000 in Chicago, IL. She lived in Chicago, IL and moved to Mazeppa, MN in 2015. She worked as a manager and baker until 2013.

Phylis loved bingo, casino games and to go to rummage sales.

Phylis is survived by her daughter, Aleshia J. Guzman of Chicago, IL; sisters Kathrine (Dick) Holst of Mazeppa, MN and Diana (Ralph) Grobe of Zumbro Falls, MN.

Phylis is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Antonia M. Morales; husband, James; brother, John; sisters, Susan and Karen; and aunt and uncle, Henry and Estela Smith.

Memorials may be sent to the family.

Celebration of Life will be held from 12-4pm on Friday, May 13, 2022 at Mazeppa Community Center, 278 1st Avenue North, Mazeppa, MN.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Phylis may be shared at

7 thoughts on “Phylis Tillinghast

  1. We love you and miss you you sense of humor and visiting brought joy to many.

  2. Mom my heart is broken you treated me like I was one of your own when me and Alicia were very young. I wish we could go back to those old times when you were just sitting at your chair smoking lol,,,, and laughing at all the silly things I used to do and say ,,, I know that you’re in peace now and you’re gonna be having fun with Antonia, I want you to know that you always have a place in my heart and I will never forget what a wonderful person you were, May you rest in peace Mommy !!!

  3. Sending our deepest sympathy as this difficult time. We Love you all.

  4. mommy was always so special to me. even though i wasn’t hers she treated me as one of her own. her sense of humor was bright & no matter what she was always positive. she played a big part in shaping me into the person i am today & i will always love & appreciate her for it. i hope she is at peace & resting the way she deserves. thank you for the wonderful time you spent in my life mommy, may you rest in peace.

  5. Phylis your beautiful smile, your infectious laugh, and your friendship will be cherished forever. May you rest peacefully with all the loved ones who have gone before you, and especially with Antonia. We love you and will hold every wonderful memory of you close to our hearts ❤️❤️.

  6. My memories of Phylis go back to high school. She was a awesome friend and a partner in skipping school! I looked for her over the years with no luck sad to say.Rest in peace my friend

  7. Phylis was a childhood friend along with her sister Diana. My sister, Rosie, and I and those two girls played together every single day. Walked down Broadway to get to the Soldiers Field swimming pool and stayed there swimming for hours. Played in the “alleyway”, as we called it and they spent a lot of time at Grandma and Grandpa’s house with us. She was a fun friend and we have many great memories. May she rest in peace.
    Janie Sibley Had

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