Obit: Phyllis Freeland


Phyllis Joyce Freeland, 92, of Wilton, died on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at her home in Wilton.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wilton. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass.

Inurnment will take place at Oakdale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society in her memory.

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Phyllis was born in Tipton on Nov. 21, 1926 to Edward and Winnifred (Gritton) Martens. She married George Warren Freeland Sr. on May 27, 1946 in Davenport. He preceded her in death on May 29, 1978.

Phyllis graduated from Wilton High School in 1944. She was city clerk for the city of Wilton and retired from the Wilton Nursing Home after 30 years of service.

Phyllis was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wilton, Wilton American Legion Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society. She loved to dance to Lyle Beaver and watch television.

Phyllis is survived by her daughters, T. Michelle (Jay) Cole of Noblesville, Indiana and Joyce (Kim) Freeland of Wilton; daughter-in-law Pam Freeland of Wilton; seven grandchildren: Jaime (Jeff) Whitlock, Holly (Jamie) Hull, Josh (Allison) Cole, Zach (Heather) Cole, Heidi (David) Healy, Samantha (Thomas) Hill and Ben (Nichole) Cole; 19 great-grandchildren; and her brother Richard (Mary Ann) Martens of West Milton, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her son George Freeland Jr.; brother Edward Martens Jr.; and sisters: Evelyn Simester, Beverly Oepping and Gaylene Holladay.