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Phyllis A. Henke

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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Phyllis A. Henke
Phyllis A. Henke, 75, of Cherokee, died Friday Oct. 17, 2008 in the Cherokee Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held on October 20 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, with Rev. Armand Bertrand and Rev. Gene Sitzmann officiating. Burial was in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cherokee.

Phyllis was born on Feb. 19, 1933 near Marcus to Vincent L. and Luella (Grauer) Garvin. She was baptized and attended Holy Name Church and School in Marcus, graduating in 1950. Phyllis attended National Business School in Sioux City for a year, and worked for Attorney Mark Bancroft in Marcus, until she was married. She married Cletus Henke on Sept. 29, 1953 in Marcus. As a girl growing up she enjoyed school activities, roller-skating, neighborhood ball on Sunday afternoon, baking and cooking.

Most recently she enjoyed cooking, playing cards, especially bridge, gardening, cake decorating, taking trips with her husband, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Phyllis was a faithful member of the Maryhill Guild and held many offices. She was a member of the Renew Group. She was also a volunteer at the Work Activity Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son David (1994), three brothers Dick Garvin, infant Charles Garvin, and Lee Garvin.

She is survived by her husband, Cletus; a son, Dale Henke and his wife, Dawn, of Cherokee; a daughter, Ann Lundell and her husband, Mark, of Cherokee; a daughter-in-law Lynda Best and her husband, Steve, of Brayton; two sisters, Ruth Vander Haag and her husband, John, of Sanborn; Mary Brady of Huntington Beach, Calif.; a brother, George Garvin and his wife, Kelly, of Meriden; grandchildren, Brent Henke and his wife, Carly, of Kansas City, Miss.; Lee Henke of Cherokee; Patty Henke of Ames; Wendi Langel and her husband, Tyler, of Omaha, Neb.; Lindsay Henke of Omaha, Neb.; Whitney Henke of Des Moines; Sara Lucas and her husband, Brandon, of Cherokee; Molly Lundell of Cherokee; step-grandchildren, Abby Rasmussen and her husband, Joe; Sara Best and Jodi Best; three great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Velma Garvin of Marcus; Cathy Garvin of Mankato, Minn.; Jackie Letsche and her husband, Charles, of Cherokee; a brother-in-law Jim Brady of Calif.