Phyllis Eilleen Gerberding 2022
Evanston, IL—Phyllis Gerberding, 96, a resident of Evanston, passed away on April 30, 2022, after a brief illness. She was born in Elgin IL, where her parents, Stanley E. and Constance G. (McCarthy) McBride nurtured her interests in the arts and nature. She married Mel Gerberding in Elgin in 1950, and moved to Springfield IL in 1960. She often said that she had a wonderful life; it was filled with a large, happy extended family, good friends and neighbors, and meaningful volunteer work. A talented baker, accomplished seamstress and avid gardener, she welcomed people from around the world into her comfortable home and her heart. She always fed the birds, and helped stray animals find homes, too. She and Mel were very involved in Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Fair Hills Presbyterian Home in Springfield. They traveled extensively, whether hiking in the Colorado Rockies or exploring new cultures abroad, and enjoyed classical music and square dancing. In 2005 they moved to Edgewater in Elgin, and Phyllis later became a resident of Evanston. Phyllis is survived by her children, Holly and Scott (Lori), grandsons Michael (Stephanie) and Kevin, great-granddaughters Amelia and Eleanor, brother- and sister-in law Rol and Lavern Gerberding, plus nieces, nephews and many beloved cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband and by her sister, Lois Charlton. Many friends and relatives in Europe and Asia, with whom she maintained a correspondence until her passing, will feel her loss, as well.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 pm Saturday, May 21, at First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave, Elgin IL, followed by a social gathering for all in the church parlor. Her family also plans a gathering with her friends in Springfield in the fall – a date and location to be announced later. Her family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to: www.LincolnMemorialGarden.org, www.WTTW.giftplans.org, or www.fcacc.org/support.
Posted online on May 14, 2022
Published in The State Journal Register