Phyllis Elaine Koppelman (Pittsenbarger)
(1947 - 2011)

Phyllis Elaine Koppelman (Pittsenbarger)

Illinois, United States of America
October 24, 1947

October 21, 2011

art, travel, adventure
Guest Book
I love you Nani

Tyler Pavlet (Grandson)
February 16th, 2015
I was so sorry to hear that Phyllis had passed. She was such a beautiful person both inside and out. I have known Phyllis since we were small children going to Sunday School at Ingalls Park Methodist Church. Both our families attended there. She always had a smile on her face and that is the way I will remember her. My sympathy to her family, I know she will be missed.
Joyce (Kuempel)
Joyce Sallese (friend)
December 7th, 2011
There aren't enough adjectives to describe Phyllis--beautiful, creative, adventurous, spirited, thoughtful, generous, talented, loving, vibrant, gracious & stylish are just a few. Memories of her bring visions of family celebrations, good food, fun & laughter. Hold onto the happy memories & cherish them dearly. Phyllis will be truly missed but her legacy will live on in her beautiful daughters who possess her finest attributes, and in her wonderful grandsons. With caring thoughts & wonderful memories, Bob & Melanie
Bob & Melanie Pavlet (Family)
December 3rd, 2011
Phyllis is and always will be a part of our prayers. For her pain is gone and she is with her loved ones who have passed. Our home is always open to you Ken, for anything we can do.
Nick & Rita Young (neighbor)
November 18th, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Koppelman Family. We always enjoyed our time with Phyllis. We could always see the love between Ken and Phyllis when they were together.
Frank and Maggie
Frank and Maggie Kusluch (Friends)
November 17th, 2011
We wish to extend our sympathy to the Koppelman and Pittsenbarger families. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I will always remember our trip to Las Vegas to visit and spend time with Renee. I'm so glad we did that.
Don & Diana Palmer (cousin)
November 16th, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I have fond memories of our reunion in Arizona organized by Vince D'Orazio to show us our Family Tree.
Grace Moroni (cousin)
November 16th, 2011
Thank you all for your thoughts, remembrances, condolences and prayers. Phyllis was the best person I ever knew. She was caring, thoughtful, tolerant, a loving wife, great parent and grandparent. She loved to travel, loved her art work, photography, cruise vacations and adventures of all kinds. Most of all she loved her immediate and extended family. Our two grandsons could do no wrong according to her. She seemed to forget her pain whenever our grandsons visited. She was always upbeat and positive. I will miss her but I won't miss the horrible and debilitating pain she was in. Her remains now rest in her favorite place on earth, Sedona. She is now pain free and with her Mom and Dad. She was my everything.
Ken Koppelman (Husband)
November 16th, 2011
Condolences to family and prayers for all. God Bless her.
Carol & Jim Griffin (Work Friend)
November 15th, 2011
I am SO happy that the Good Lord reconnected Phyllis and I after so many years! Our memories of the Paluzzi & DiDesiderio family gatherings on the "East Side" ... brought us much delight as we reminisced about our grandparents and parents (aunts, uncles and cousins). They were joy filled days when we lived them as children and joy filled again as we laughed and loved our way through those conversations in recent years. I feel so blessed to have been given the gift of my cousin Phyllis. There is no pain in heaven and she now watches over all those she loved so dearly on earth ... as their own private angel in heaven who waits for their reunion one day. May you all feel the warm glow of her love always because ... "When someone's love is in your heart, they're never truly gone." Sending my hugs & Love to Ken, Jenny, Lisa & Brian, Tyler and Zane, Gordon, Tony, Vicki & Renee and all your families! She loved you all .... SO very much .... never forget that! Your cousin Desiree
Desiree Kettler (Cousin)
November 14th, 2011

I went to Rockdale grade school and played basketball with you. After 8th grade, we lost contact, but over the years I've often wondered what you were doing. I remember your mother, father and brother well.

I'm happy to see that you married a beautiful lady and had a wonderful family. I'm sad to see that your lovely wife has passed. I'm sure that your beautiful daughters and grandchildren are a comfort.

When you have a chance, I would like to catch up on what's happened over the last 50+ years. We can reminisce about our grade school basketball triumphs. :-) You can contact me at .
Joe Lawson (Friend)
November 14th, 2011
Jill and I wish to express our deepest sympathy during this sad time. We know that Phyllis suffered greatly during the last few years. She was a wonderful, talented lady that loved and enjoyed her family and friends, and they loved her.
Frank and Jill
Frank Buckingham (friend)
November 12th, 2011
My Dear Phyllis, We met in first grade and became friends over fifty years. What a journey you have had my friend.You lived life with such passion,desire and determination.You used your God given talents to their fullest and shared them with all of us. We laughed and cried,shared joys and sorrows. I thank God for giving me a memory and you as a friend. Rest in peace my beloved Friend.
Linda Musser (Friend)
November 11th, 2011
My dad, Jr. and Phyllis' dad, Uncle Harold were brothers.
Dear cousins--Please know you are in my thoughts, prayers and heart. I am just so very sorry for your great loss. My hugs go out to Gordon, Tony, Vicki and Renee, as well.
Sent with our love,
Gene and Kathy
Kathy June Pittsenbarger-Walker (cousin from Missouri)
November 11th, 2011
Phyllis and I went to school together, and during our adult life became very close friends. We even shared the birth of our first born daughters on the same day and at the same hospital. She had warmth and affection for people and a zest for life. She was so very talented; creating beautiful artwork, photography, and her unique cigar purses that she shared with her friends. Whenever she came to Illinois to visit, she would always have a gift for her friends. No one could ever imagine having a friend like Phyllis. You will always remain in my heart, my lifetime friend!
Love, Kathy
Kathy Baloy (Friend)
November 9th, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go to the family. May the Lord comfort you in this time of need and always
james & julie eulinger (cousin)
November 7th, 2011
My sister and my friend, I will miss all of our phone calls to each other. I will remember you when I look at all the beautiful stain glass, knitted pieces and crafts you made for me. I will remember how you put so much thought into every gift you gave. I will cherish the memories of coming to visit and having fun around the pool or going to the Botanical gardens. I will miss the best every chamellas. I will laugh every time I think of the practical jokes you would play on Renee’, like when you made her believe you were running out of gas taking her to the airport or when you tricked her into drinking dish soap.
Vicki Brower (Sister)
November 6th, 2011
Every time we look across the street, we still expect to see Phyllis emerge from the house looking great as ever with her beautiful smile and wonderful style. We will miss her at our neighborhood gatherings, but know that Ken will still be with us.
Bruce & Sue Barraza (friends & neighbors)
November 6th, 2011
Phyllis was my childhood friend. We lived in the same neighborhood and attended the same schools. We spent many happy times together growing up. As adults we just picked up where we left off. We share so much history. I count her friendship as a rare special bond that's hard to duplicate. Her sense of style, class, hospitality, and honest to goodness friendship will be so very missed. But the fond memories live on. My heart aches with Ken, Lisa, Jenny, her beloved grandsons, and all those who know and love her.
Bonnie (Jenkins) Munro (friend)
November 4th, 2011
Our 5 year old daughter remembers Phyllis this way..."she was kind, she was cute and she gave us lots of things", all very true! Our daughters always knew they were in for a treat when Mrs. Koppelman called asking if she could bring over something she had for the girls. Sometimes it was a souvenir she had picked up from her travels and sometimes it was something she made by hand. And occasionally notes would be passed from door to door...a barely legible note/drawing from a 6 year old girl would be returned with a lovely drawing and note from "Mrs. Kopp". Phyllis, your kindness and thoughtfulness will not be forgotten. Ken and family, we are thinking of you and sending you love.
The Rayners
Shelby Rayner (Neighbor)
November 2nd, 2011
Ken; Linda and I would like to express our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved wife, Phyllis. May the Lord comfort you and your family during this time and bring peace to your hearts.
Jim Graves (Friend )
October 31st, 2011
Ken: I never had the pleasure of meeting Phyllis, but you were always a good friend to me. I am very sorry for your loss. Best wishes to you and your family.
Russ Wilson (Friend)
October 31st, 2011
Phyllis was so many things to me, a sister, a friend, a teacher, a confidant. She was my surrogate mom. She taught me how to drive, to be creative and create art, to cook and bake. 23 years ago she taught me how to be a loving mom. She took a junk room and turned it into a beautiful nursery for my son.
When I had major surgery (years ago) she nursed me back to health. She cooked, cleaned and brought home movies that were TOO FUNNY FOR ABDOMINAL SURGERY. We shared so many laughs. Even in severe pain we found something to laugh about. I have so many memories of loving and fun times, too many to share here.
I want to thank Ken for being a fabulous husband to my sister. Phyllis was a huge part of my life, my heart aches I miss her so much. But I know she is no longer suffering, she is at peace. Phyl, give my love to mom,dad,aunt Emma and grandma Paluzzi. Thank you for loving me and being a great sister.
Renee Milonas (sister)
October 31st, 2011
My mother and Phyl's dad were brother and sister. On the rare occasions that the Pittsenbarger families got together and cousins got acquainted with one another, I am so glad that Phyl & I became friends. We would spend summers visiting each other and always having a blast. Of course, we all know who provided the "blast" part! You wild and crazy girl, I love you and will miss you terribly. Heaven is experiencing the "blast" now.
Cheryl Kennedy (Cousin)
October 30th, 2011
Extending deepest sympathy for the Koppelman family in your loss and hoping that with prayer and time, comfort and peace may come to you.

Dee Hernández and family
Dee Hernandez
October 30th, 2011
Phyllis is one of the most beautiful people I ever met. Inside and out. Go with God Phyllis.
Paul Kirker (Friend & co-worker)
October 30th, 2011
I have been friends with Phyllis since H.S. One of my very best memories with Phyllis was at her house in AZ. She had several of us H.S. friends come visit the year we all turned 40. I have never laughed so hard or had so much fun. Phyllis, I thank you for truly one of the best times of my life.
To Ken and family - my heartfelt sympathies. I cannot make the memorial but my heart will be there that day.
Rest in peace my beautiful friend.
Pat Maynard (Friend)
October 30th, 2011
Ken , I only met Phyllis one time , but she welcomed me easily with a charm I did not forget. She was very special. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Guy Karafa (co-worker of Ken)
October 30th, 2011

My heart goes out to you & your family, I did not know about the passing of your mom until this moment. Ironically I logged on to read Mike's page & I saw a picture of this beautiful lady & I had no idea it was your mom until i read the memorial. She was a very stunning lady! I'm so very sorry for your loss & pain that you are all feeling. May God bless your family & give you strength through this difficult time.
(friend of Lisa's)
Maya Moulton
October 29th, 2011
To the Pittsenbarger/Koppelman Families,

Our deepest sympathy at the passing of your beloved Phyllis. We especially remember her beautiful smile and outgoing personality. Our hearts hurt for all of you and pray your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.
Jane and Ed Wiekert (Friends of family)
October 28th, 2011
Although I did not know Phyllis, I worked with Ken and through him got to know her. Ken would readily admit behind every great man is an even greater woman. I am so sorry for the entire family; Ken, the children/spouses and grandchildren, friends and others will miss her terribly as a hole is left in their lives and hearts. Many happy memories, lessons, recipes, and creativity will remmind you of her and bring you joy.
Mary Ann Padglick (co-worker of Ken)
October 27th, 2011
To Ken and all the family,
Vince and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy. In quiet moments to come we will always remember our wonderful days together in Italy. We will always remember the joy, the positive attitude and caring Phyllis extended to everyone around her. She will be missed. Her life was too short. She will always remain a wonderful example to all who met and knew her.... Phyllis was talented in so many ways.... now resting in peace without pain....
Connie and Vince D'Orazio (Cousin)
October 27th, 2011
To my very best friend of 50 years. I will remember you forever Phyllis for so many things. Some of the things that come to mind are your love and pride for your family, your beautiful artistic talent and your classic style and love for jewelry. How you saw beauty in the mountains, Sedona and even the smallest butterfly. Your love for adventure in life and the compassion you had for all people. But most of all I'll remember your great sense of humor even through the roughest times. You could tell a great story and make me laugh. You were so strong through it all and I will miss you always. Rest in peace my friend. Love, Jean
Jean Arnoldi (Friend)
October 27th, 2011
There are so many great memories I have over the years. From the Christmas eve's at Harold & Francis’s to all the great Christmas eves ,pool parties, birthday parties and family get togethers we have shared over the years. Thank you for all your love, encouragement & support over the years! You will always be in my thoughts and heart Aunt Phyllis.. Love Todd
Todd Pittsenbarger (Nephew)
October 27th, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.

Bev. Caratachea
Beverly Caratachea (Friend of Lisa)
October 26th, 2011
Dear Koppelman Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

With love,

The Raj Family
Alicia Raj (Friend)
October 26th, 2011
I always remember Mrs. Koppelman having a smile. She was sweet and kind and could always make us laugh. I remember once she was our substitute teacher in 8th grade. Jen was in our class and was a little nervous about having her mom there. I remember she stood in front of the class and said "Hello, I'm Mrs. Koppelman - NO relation to Jenny!" and we all laughed. It broke the tension and it all turned out to be ok. I appreciated the way she took an interest in us and was always upbeat and happy. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I know she will be missed.
Kelly (Crouch) Mazzola (childhood friend of Jenni)
October 26th, 2011
My mom and I send our thoughts and prayers to the Koppelman family. I have known Lisa since we were in kindergarten in Illinois. I remember Phyllis being a wonderful person who always welcomed me with a smile to their house. I have many fond memories of spending time with Lisa and her family. May you find comfort at a most difficult time.
Michelle Lukavich (friend)
October 26th, 2011
Phyllis was the most gentle and kind person that I think I have ever met. I remember when we used to sit in her kitchen and discuss dividing up our Arizona Diamondback season tickets amoung about 6 of us. She would make sure that everyone was taken care of and would laugh at our nonsense. My thoughts and prayers are with the family as I know that Phyllis is safe and sound in our Heavenly Father's arms. What a tremendous legacy and life to celebrate. God Bless.
Terry Radtke (Friend)
October 26th, 2011
From Illinois to Arizona, our paths have crossed many times. I have many fond memories of time spent with Phyllis, Ken, Lisa, and Jenny. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I loved seeing all of the pictures. Treasure those memories!
Nancy Oreshack (Friend)
October 26th, 2011
To the memory of a wonderful friend of over 30 years. The laughter, tears, traveling and fun we shared will be remembered fondly. Life takes us on different paths but good friends remain in our hearts forever. I'll miss you. Regina
regina younger (friend)
October 25th, 2011
Condolences to family and prayers for all. May Phillis rest in peace. God Bless All
Rose & Don Majors (Friend)
October 25th, 2011
Phyllis was the "style" for our neighborhood. The gracious hostess and the encourager. The first thing I did when I moved to this neighborhood was take a class with Phyllis on designing a gourd. No way would I have attempted that on my own! What a talent and a truely beautiful spirit. For my husband Rob and I, we were very lucky to have met her in this big world by living across the street.
All our love and prayers...
Mary Hollan (neighbor)
October 25th, 2011
You will forever be remembered and missed. I will never forget your smile, how you made me laugh, the beautiful cards and kind words you sent my way, your awesome cooking and how you always treated me like part of your family. --Tenderly we treasure the past, with memories that will always last -- I love you Momma Koppelman.
April Crumbly (Pseudo Daughter)
October 25th, 2011
This is the memorial I set up for Phyllis Koppelman. To sign the guest book, click on the "Sign Guest Book" button below.
Jennifer Koppelman
October 24th, 2011
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"Ken, Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. We pray that the Good Lord will provide you comfort and solace that Phyllis is at peace. Good Bless, John Hunter (Friend)"
John & Karen Hunter
November 14th, 2011
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family"
james & julie eulinger
November 7th, 2011
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family!! Love, Bev. Caratachea"
Beverly Caratachea
October 26th, 2011
"Phyllis was a staple at my son and her grandsons ball games. The joy she took in seeing my children made me smile everytime I saw her. Thank you Lisa for sharing this beautiful soul with me and my family! Phyllis you will be missed! God Bless."
Ray Barnes
October 26th, 2011


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