Phyllis C. Oliva

–  02/08/2018


Phyllis C. Oliva nee Kuhl 91 of Villa Park, IL. Formerly of Jackson MI. Beloved wife of Don. Loving mother of Mike (Debi), Tom (Pam), David, Anne Oliva, Peggy (The late Scott) Noah and Jim Oliva. Cherished grandmother of Chris, Jeff, Sarah and Teresa. Fond sister of Dick (Shirley) Kuhl, John (Mary) Kuhl, Mary Helen (Ernie) Kwaske, the late Bob (Joan), Jim, Bill (Mary) Kuhl. Aunt and great aunt of many. She was loved by all that knew her.

Phyllis was the oldest of 7, born in Jackson MI, and moved to Villa Park IL in 1975. She married Don Oliva of Huron SD on 6/20/1953; celebrating 65 yrs. of marriage this year. Together, they have 6 children; Mike, Tom, David, Anne, Peggy, and Jim. She loved her family and extended family deeply. Phyllis and Don were active parishioners of St. Mary Star of the Sea church in Jackson MI. Phyllis was active in the Women’s group, the Alter Guild, and Right to Life. Phyllis and Don would deliver much needed baby clothing, items, and furniture to new mothers. After moving to Villa Park, Phyllis became active at St. Alexander Parish. She sang with the Joystirs and Resurrection choirs at St. A’s for many, many years. Phyllis had a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother and especially the Rosary. She started and led the recitation of the Rosary before the 8:30am weekday Mass each day. This devotion led her to initiate the Decade-a-Day Living Rosary for Vocations. She began with 20 people in 1988 and it soon grew to 80. Both devotions continue today. Phyllis was in the original core group that began the Christmas Giving Tree; for over 10 years, she housed and helped sort all the Giving Tree items from her home. Her and Don garage-sailed for like-new stuffed animals for the program. Another continuing ministry throughout the years has been Reverence for Life issues. Phyllis says all the Senators and Representatives must know her from all her letters. As a service for the homebound, she also mailed bulletins to hospitalized and/or homebound parishioners for many years. Phyllis was honored as 2002 Woman of the Year by the CCW Mary’s Circle at St. A’s. As a wife and mother, Phyllis had a gift for sewing, baking, and many other crafts which she enjoyed very much. She loved to sing, she had a wonderful sense of humor, and a generous, giving heart. Everyone that knew Phyllis loved her. If she could ask one thing of all that knew her, it would be, “All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you.”

Visitation Saturday February 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until time of mass 10:00 a.m. at St. Alexander Church 300 S. Cornell Ave. Villa Park, IL. Interment to follow at Mt. Emblem Cemetery Elmhurst, IL. In lieu of flowers Masses appreciated. for further information 1-630-832-4161



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