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Phyllis Klinger

Phyllis M. Klinger (Knauf)

Monday, December 5th, 1938 - Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Phyllis Klinger, 81, Rhinelander, formerly of Mosinee, died Thursday, April 23, 2020, at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital, Rhinelander.
She he was born Dec. 5, 1938, in Marathon City, the daughter of the late Philip and Alexia (Gertschen) Knauf. She was raised by her stepmother, Delores Knauf. She married Gerald Klinger on Aug. 8, 1959, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marathon. He survives.
Phyllis graduated high school in 1956 and then attended nursing school, graduating in 1959. She was employed at Wausau Hospital Center, retiring in 1994, and was extremely proud of her accomplishments in the nursing field. She enjoyed her retirement at their lake home, fishing when they were biting, playing sheepshead, cooking, baking, working in the yard, visiting family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling and cruises, and loved to dance. She was a member of St. Monica’s Circle.
Survivors, besides her husband, Gerry, include a son, Scott (Pam) Klinger, a son-in-law, Mike (Cindy) Maguire; two grandchildren, Jacie (Chris) Droske and Kimberly (Scott) Van Ermen; three great-grandchildren, Penelope and Samantha Droske and William Van Ermen; three brothers, Philip “Butch” Knauf, James (Rose) Knauf and Tom Knauf; and a sister, Mary Jane (LaVerne) Furger. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen Maguire, a great-granddaughter, Sophia Van Ermen, her stepmother, Delores Knauf, and a brother, Larry Knauf.
Private family services will be held. Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at
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Kay Gruling

Posted at 11:39am
Enjoyed getting to know Phyllis during her years at Wausau Hospital. Wonderful women!

Tom Mielke

Posted at 10:08pm
Dear Gerry, Scott and Family,
So sorry to hear of Phyllis's passing. We have fond memories of the many polka dances, and times we spent together many years ago.
Our sincere sympathies to you all and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tom and Linda Mielke


marlene seubert

Posted at 04:43pm
Rest peacefully dear classmate.
Marlene Seubert

Debbie Maly

Posted at 12:28pm
Gerry, Scott and family- Phyllis was a beautiful and caring woman and I have fond memories of our families together. My prayers for healing, comfort, strength and peace during this painful time.
My condolences,
Debbie Maly

Carol Hagen

Posted at 12:13pm
Sorry to hear the death of Phyllis. She was a great cousin, friendly person. Once she Moved to Rhinelander I didn’t see her anymore but once at Larry’s funeral. Now she is with other ones who died before her.
Carol Hagen, Edgar

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