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Mrs. Dorothy Amelia Phillips

Obituary for Mrs. Dorothy Amelia Phillips

February 21, 1934 - August 20, 2019
Parma, Ohio | Age 85

Beloved Mother, Dear Sister-In-Law & Cousin, and Cherished Friend of Many


Dorothy Amelia Phillips (nee Szczurek), age 85, of Parma, Ohio, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Dorothy "Dottie" was born February 21, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio to Anna (nee Jeske) and John Szczurek. She worked for many years as a Dental Assistant in the office of Dr. Barnes in the Keith Building in downtown Cleveland. Dorothy was a longtime, faithful member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Parma, and was formerly a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Cleveland. She enjoyed the great outdoors, reading fiction, watching films, and the collection and enjoyment of collecting stuffed bears and Hummels. Dorothy is survived by her beloved son David Glenn Phillips of Cleveland; her sister-in law Beverly Szczurek; and her cousin Bertha "Inky" Bistransin. Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years Glenn Warren Phillips in October 2009; her siblings Betty Krumsiek and John Szczurek; and cousin Ronald Fege and his wife Donna Fege, and a number of other close relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 7501 Ridge Road, Parma, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Funeral service at Calvary Lutheran Church, 6906 West Pleasant Valley Road, Parma, on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 11:00 A.M., where the family will receive friends at the Church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service at 11:00 A.M. Interment will follow at 1:45 P.M. on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, Ohio.


A note from Dorothy's son:

My mother, Dorothy Phillips – known to many as "Dottie" – passed away on August 20, 2019.

My mother was married for 51 years to my father, Glenn – who passed away on October 19, 2009, and she was ever the loving and caring Mother to me. Dottie had many interests in her life – a few of which rubbed off on me. Most notably her enjoyment and to be taken away from reading fiction, and watching film are also important in my life. Each year I'd take her for a day to the Cleveland International Film Festival, and this last year she surprised me when she wanted to keep going (longer than I) to see another, fifth film at the end of the day.

Throughout her life, Dottie demonstrated artistic talents in subtle ways – such as the creative birthday cakes she made for me as a child, and holiday decorations that she likely created for me but enjoyed herself as well. In her life she also enjoyed the presence of a number of dogs – starting with Bootsie who was hers before she married my Dad, to Caesar who became my protector as a newborn and our family dog in my younger years, to Ginger our family dog in my growing and teen years, and finally with my dog Bob who became her grand-puppy/dog.

When I was young my Mom continued to work as a dental assistant. During this time, I was watched by her mother – my Grandma Ann and from her I picked up the love to tell stories. As I grew, Dottie was always the Mom who'd be willing to transport my friends and I to events – including to meet local "celebrity" Big Chuck who was her high school classmate. Also, when I was young, she'd usually be willing to permit me to host sleep overs for my friends, where we'd sleep on the living room floor, stay up to watch B-horror films, and eat frozen pizza that she'd put in the oven for us.

From speaking to family in the last few days, I know my Mother knew that I loved and cared for her – and that I appreciated her presence in my life. I will never forget or cease to appreciate the time spent with my Mom and will now have a serious void in not only the loss of a Mother (which any child would feel) – but also in the loss of that one, special person to share and finding a new adventure, film, book, or event to experience.

I know that my Mother had a loss in her life after my Dad's death ten years ago, and by the fact that she out lived many of her close family and friends. I tried to fill the void by sharing life experiences with her, and toward the end by simply encouraging her to leave the house – even for a day road trip related to my business and taking in a new restaurant. In the last few years, I was happy that she trusted my encouragement and advice to try foods she hadn't considered in the past.

Thank you Mom for being there for me with so much love, help, and devotion. Thank you for providing me with someone to share my life for the past 54 years.
Your loving and remembering son,

David Glenn Phillips

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