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Phyllis Marie Sammon

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Service Details


Saturday, December 15, 2018

3:00-6:00 p.m.

Worlein Funeral Home
Austin, Minnesota


Sunday, December 16, 2018

2:00 p.m.

St. Edward Catholic Church
Austin, Minnesota

Calvary Cemetery
Austin, Minnesota



Phyllis Marie Sammon, age 84 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Monday, December 10, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Austin.  Phyllis was born October 30, 1934, in Northfield, MN. The daughter of Lester Calvin and Geraldine Marie (Houston) Whitney, she attended school in Northfield, Faribault and Washburn High School in Minneapolis.  She continued her education at Mankato State and the University of Minnesota.  She married Eugene Sammon on October 1, 1955, in Faribault, MN, and together they raised four children while enjoying over 60 years of marriage. 

Phyllis was the consummate homemaker:  she loved planning and organizing, cooking and baking, cleaning (yes!), and hosting family and friends. She gave generously of her time and talent whether a neighbor in need or a community organization – St. Edward Catholic Church, American Cancer Society, League of Women Voters. From trips abroad to the cherished annual family summer vacation to Big Sand Lake in northern Minnesota, she enjoyed traveling, cruising oceans and rivers, and also enjoyed playing bridge, tennis, and water aerobics. Phyllis found joy in the fresh air and the outdoors with fall leaf trips, relaxing on her deck, and attending to her plants and flowers.  Her last year was a testament to her strong will and love of family.  She surpassed all expectations by living to see the birth of her two great granddaughters (Blakely Marie and Lucy Marie) and gave her family the gift of her love and presence for over a year after her acute leukemia diagnosis. 

Left to treasure the memories are her son Gary (Sharon) Sammon of Laguna Niguel, CA, and their children Corey and Catherine Sammon; daughter LeeAnn (Jeff) Ettinger of Austin, MN, and their children Riley Ettinger, Ellen (Phil) Egelston and Lucy; Jay Ettinger and Betsy Ettinger; daughter Wendy McKean and Jon Mahoney of Rochester, MN, and her children Cole McKean (fiancee Jessica Schumacher) and Kayla (Dustin) Thompson and Blakely; son Gregg Sammon of Austin, MN; sister Lora Lee Corbin of Pensacola, FL; sister-in-law Gayle Whitney;  brother-in-law Gordon Hunt and many other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene on February 25, 2017; her parents Les & Geri, her brother Kirk Whitney, and her sister-in-law Eileen Hunt.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at St. Edward Catholic Church with Father James Steffes and Deacon John Kluczny officiating.  Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Austin, MN.  Visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, at the Worlein Funeral Home; and one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.  If you wish to honor Phyllis’ memory you may select your favorite charity, or the Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity.

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