Phyllis Irene Leavens

Phyllis Irene Leavens, 90, of Charles City, IA died Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Shell Rock Care Center.

A visitation will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. scripture service on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Fullerton-Hage Funeral Home, 401 Blunt Street, Charles City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. with a half hour prior visitation on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 106 Chapel Ln, Charles City. Reverend Gary Mayer and Monsignor John Hemann will be officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Shell Rock, IA.

Phyllis Irene Leavens
Phyllis Irene Leavens

She was born on November 9, 1928 in Greene, IA to Henry and Edna (Brunner) Merfeld. Phyllis married Richard Leavens on Dec. 3, 1947 at St Mary’s in Greene. Throughout her life she was a homemaker and took care of their four children. She often hosted for birthdays and holidays; she was a baker and made many cakes and also cooked for her family. Phyllis had a strong and devoted faith. In her free time she loved to garden and often furnished her own flowers for church. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. In her earlier years, she loved to dance (polka and waltz) with her husband.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 71 years, Richard Leavens; children: Sandra (James) Lantow of Ionia, Alan (CeCe dec.)Leavens of Cedar Falls, Susan (James) Zwanziger of Nashua and Bob (Joanne) Leavens of Brownsburg, IN; eight grandchildren: Rachael Lind, Steve Lantow, Christopher Leavens, Daniel Leavens, Mark Leavens, Nicholas Leavens, Tracy Leavens and Jamie Zwanziger; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Helen Reed and Marcia Dickman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law, CeCe Leavens; granddaughter, Suzanne Lantow; great-grandfather Sophie Meier; three brothers-in-law, and two sisters-in-law.

Fullerton Hage Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 401 Blunt Street, Charles City, IA. (641) 228-4211. Facebook: Fullerton Funeral Home.