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Phyllis M. Knoflicek, 100

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Phyllis M. Knoflicek

Phyllis Maxine Rothwell Curtiss Knoflicek, 100, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at Skyview Manor in Bridgeport.

Phyllis was born on Dec. 1, 1917, the first child of George and Gladys Rothwell, in Grant County.  She graduated from Hyannis High School in 1935 and attended Doane College and the University of Nebraska.  

Phyllis married Howard J. Curtiss on Sept. 10, 1939, on the front lawn of the family ranch south of Hyannis. To this union four children were born.  They lived in Hyannis, Crawford, and California before moving to Alliance in 1950.

Phyllis was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she held all elected offices, was Sunday School Superintendent for many years, sang in the choir and promoted the many activities of the Presbyterian Women.  She was also a fifty-year member of OES and DAR in Hyannis, and Chapter AH P.E.O. in Alliance.  She was an active member and supporter of many other community organizations including Campfire Girls, RSVP, the Hospital Auxiliary, Carnegie Arts, and the local American Field Service.  She and Howard hosted and placed many foreign exchange students over the years.  They loved to travel and visited Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Germany, and Brazil.  They also attended several elder hostels and took many family vacations to the Black Hills, Colorado, and Wyoming.

Phyllis married Louis Knoflicek at the Presbyterian Church in Alliance on Oct. 19, 1991.  Phyllis became step mom to Louis’s daughter Kathy Jedlika and husband Leonard, son Mike and wife Ardis, and son David and wife Charlotte.  

Their home together became a gathering place for the families including many a Christmas morning brunch featuring Phyllis’s legendary cinnamon rolls.  Phyllis and Louis traveled to Alaska, took a cruise, two trips to Mexico, and a trip to Louis’s home country Czechoslovakia.  They also enjoyed the cabin in the Black Hills with their blended family.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Robert, Max, Billy, George Gene, and Martha Lu Warday and husbands Howard Curtiss and Louis Knoflicek.

Survivors include children and spouses Larry H. and Sherrie Curtiss, Mary and Charles Schadwinkel of Alliance, Jeanne and Doug Moran of West Point, and James Curtiss of Wayne, 12 grandchildren, 25 great- grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, 15 step-great grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Jay Kim officiating.  Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. in the Hyannis Cemetery.  

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Bates-Gould Funeral Home, with the family present from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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