Phyllis Heise

Phyllis Marian (Gruhlke) Heise, age 89, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Mayo Clinic St. Marys Hospital.

Phyllis was born on September 2, 1931 in Mazeppa, Minnesota to William and Mamie (Albers) Gruhlke. She graduated from Mazeppa High School in 1948. She married John (Jack) Heise on September 27, 1952 at Christ Lutheran Church in Zumbrota. They lived in Lake City, Minnesota until 1954 when they moved to Zumbrota. She worked at St. Marys in a lab before her marriage and returned to the work force, after her children were in school, at Zumco and Actua in Zumbrota. She enjoyed reading, sewing and crafting.

Phyllis is survived by her 4 children, Mary (Patrick) McNamara, Amy (Mike) Madson, Lori (Bert) Whitaker, John Heise; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; sister, Wynette (Elmer) Hovel; brother, Donald (Willa) Gruhlke; father and mother-in-law, Walter and Ann Heise; brother-in-law, Harold (Donna) Heise; and grandson, Jeffery Heise.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 25, 2020 at Christ Lutheran Church, 223 East Avenue, Zumbrota, Minnesota. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. outside the church pending on the weather. Please enter the church on the south side of the building.

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2 thoughts on “Phyllis Heise

  1. I wish to extend sympathy to the family of Phyllis.
    I remember my Aunt Phyllis best from get togethers at Grampa Walt’s in Lake City,
    since I left home and moved to Saskatoon,(over 40 years now), I heard news of her and her family through my parents, Donna and Harold. On their passing, Aunt Phyllis and family were very kind in extending heartfelt sympathy to everyone in our family, as I wish it to them today.
    God Bless

  2. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Phyllis her giggle will be missed. For many years I watcher do her walking in the morning and felt guilty for not walking that she had all that energy and so dedicated to getting out. Our hearts are sad and our prayer are with you at this time.

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