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Phyllis M. Felder, 76

Phyllis Mae Felder, age 76, of Winsted, formerly of Alta Vista, IA, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

She was born Sept. 20, 1933, to Victor and June (Ritter) Johnson in Nashua, IA.

Phyllis attended and graduated from Alta Vista Public School.

After graduation, she was employed as a telephone operator in Mason City, IA, Charles City, IA, and later Alta Vista.

Phyllis was united in marriage to Bernard James Felder Feb. 14, 1955, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista. After marriage, the couple lived southwest of Alta Vista, where they farmed and raised their six children.

Phyllis drove school bus for the New Hampton School District for 28 years, retiring in 1998. In their retirement, the couple wintered in Arizona.

Phyllis enjoyed, and had a great love for being with family and friends. She also loved traveling, watching sports, playing cards, preparing food for family events, and being in Arizona’s warm weather.

She is survived by six children; Mitch (Pat) of Carthage, NC, Scott (Lynn) of Mankato, Kent (Rhonda) of Lakeville, Jeff (Sue) of Oelwein, IA, Vicki (Neal) Meirick of Pasadena, MD, and Tracy (Roxanne) of Winsted; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty (Al) Manning of Colwell, IA.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bernard, Sept. 29, 2006; and two brothers, Donald and Melvin Johnson, both of Alta Vista, IA.

A Memorial Mass took place Thursday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista, IA with Fr. Ray Atwood and Fr. Tony Hesse concelebrating the Mass. A time to greet the family was offered at the church one hour prior to the service.

Local arrangements were by the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Friends may leave their condolences at www.conway-kolbetfuneralhome.com.