Phyllis J. Neese, 94, Lebanon, passed away peacefully on July 19th at Keepsake Village in Columbus, IN. She was born in Lebanon on March 4, 1929, daughter of Frank and Mae (Dillon) Thrine. She was married to Ross J. Neese on April 3, 1948, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lebanon.

After graduation in 1947, Phyllis was employed at Bell Telephone Company until she became a mother in June of 1950. For many years Phyllis was a stay-at-home mother, homemaker, and caregiver to many throughout the years. During her stay-at-home years, she worked part-time as a Welcome Wagon Lady and later worked at Boone County Bank. Phyllis and her husband moved to Monticello in 1980 and back to Lebanon in 2004. Phyllis was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Phyllis and Ross spent several winters in Sebring, Florida. While at Keepsake Village she enjoyed participating in their many activities and even being a caregiver to some of the other residents.

Survivors include her daughter Theresa (Ross) Westerfeld, Columbus, Indiana Timothy Neese, Elkhart; grandchildren, Clayton (Franchesca) Westerfeld, Columbus, Indiana, Natalie (Nathan) Wanstrath, Batesville, Adam (Susan) Neese, San Diego, CA, Drew, (Danielle) Neese, New Paris, Emily Neese, Indianapolis, and fourteen great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband Ross, Phyllis was preceded in death by her brothers Philip Thrine and Robert Thrine.

Visitation will be held at Myers Mortuary, 1502 North Lebanon Street, in Lebanon, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25th. The Rosary will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of the Resurrection is planned for 12:00 noon on Tuesday, July 25th at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lebanon, Indiana. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lebanon.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Phyllis’ memory to St. Joseph Catholic Church Building Improvement Fund, 319 East South Street, Lebanon, Indiana 46052 or to Keepsake Village, 2564 Fox Pointe Drive, Columbus, Indiana 47203.

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