Phyllis Ruth Poppe
Phyllis Ruth Poppe, 93, of Watertown, passed away July 27, 2020.
She was born June 11, 1927, in Mayville, the daughter of Adolph and Elizabeth (Uhl) Mahnke.
She married the love of her life, Richard Poppe on June 26, 1948 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Mayville.
Phyllis and her husband Richard, a cheesemaker, worked together at their business ‘The Poplar Grove Dairy,” making cheese for the area farmers.
She was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sugar Island.
Phyllis was a devout Christian who read and often wore out her many bibles. She was an energetic and a fun-loving Gramma who taught her grandchildren many wonderful things about life.
A fond memory of her, as a child, she loved roller skating through Mayville. Another favorite memory was her roller skating in the kitchen for dinner, eating with her skates on, then cleaning up while still on her roller skates!
She is survived by her children, Dawn (Mike) Lake, Lorilyn “Lurp” (Ronnie) Geisthardt, Timberly Poppe (Trina). Also, survived by her grandchildren, Christopher (Jenny), Rachel, Amber (Travis), Ethan, Cheyenne, Katie and Samantha; her great-grandchildren, Skyler, Justin, Derek, Natalee, Harlee, Jack, and Dominik. Also, survived by her sister, Alice Lebakken, and sisters-in-law Carole and Janet.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her daughter, Pamela Davison; her grandson, Shayne; her great-granddaughter, Paige; her brothers, Victor, Adolph and Carl, and her sister, Marion.
A private family funeral service and visitation will be at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Sugar Island. Interment will be at St Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. Family would like memorials if you so desire, to be given to St. Paul’s “Her small little church”.
The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home in Hartford is serving the family. Private condolences may be placed on our website www.berndt-ledesma.com