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Phyllis E. Utley


Wed, Jun 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Phyllis E. Utley, age 87, of Rochester, formerly of Preston, died Monday evening, June 16, 2014, at Madonna Towers of Rochester.

Phyllis was born January 4, 1927, on the family farm in Carimona Township, Fillmore Co., Minnesota, the daughter of Elvyn and Corcella (Oftedal) Cummings. She attended school and graduated as valedictorian from Preston High School in 1944. She attended music school in Chicago for several years and then returned to Preston where she worked at the Fillmore Co. Court House. She married Chuck Utley August 4, 1950, in Preston. The couple made their home in Preston, Sauk City, Wisc., State Center, Iowa, Mountain Lake, Minn., and then LaPorte City, Iowa, where she was a homemaker. Chuck died November 16, 1986. She returned to Preston shortly after Chuck’s death moving to Rochester in 2000 and then Madonna Towers 2013.

Phyllis was a member of the Preston United Methodist Church where she sang in the church choir. She was also a member of the Sweet Adeline’s and the Preston VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed arts and crafts, was a sports fan and loved her grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, Mark (Tammy) Utley of Reno, Nev.; one daughter, Jeanne (Mark) Hargesheimer of Rochester; six grandchildren; two brothers, Warren (Alice) Cummings of Preston and Donald Cummings of Rochester; and one sister, Carol (Joe) Gosi of Preston. She was preceded in death by one sister, Jeanne Fisher.

The funeral will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Preston United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Burial will be 12:05 p.m., Monday, June 23, 2014, at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m., until the time of service.

The family prefers memorials be given to Seasons Hospice or the Benedictine Health System Foundation both of Rochester.

Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston is assisting the family with arrangements.



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Delores Anne (Barth) Joseph

Wed, Jun 11th, 2014
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Maxine Simonson

Thu, Jun 5th, 2014
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Cloy D. Kneeskern

Wed, Jun 4th, 2014
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Cloy D. Kneeskern, 84, of Preston, Minn. died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. He leaves a wife, Laurice; children Gary of Preston; Sheri (Pat Dunnigan) of Bellingham, Wash.; Dave (Carol) of Greenfield, Iowa; Sandra (Mike) ..... 
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James F. Gartner

Thu, May 22nd, 2014
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Laurie Marie Every

Tue, Apr 29th, 2014
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Kenneth William McBride

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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Kay Christine Hines Laging

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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Janice E. (Simonson) Winch

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