Phyllis Ann Sather was born on April 17, 1937 to Raymond and Vivian (Aldrich) Garner. The third of seven children. She grew up on the family farm near Coggon, Iowa and attended school in Coggon where she played guard on the girl’s basketball team. After graduation she continued her education at Upper Iowa College where she earned her 2 year teacher’s certificate. Her first year of teaching was in Strawberry Point, IA. She then moved to Minnesota and taught in Orono, MN.
On September 15, 1962 she married Earle Sather Jr. (Jerry) in Minneapolis, MN. They raised three boys, Greg, Jon and Paul, in Excelsior, Mound and outside of Princeton on Green Lake. She returned to school and earned a 4 year teaching degree from St. Cloud University. She taught many years in the St. Francis School District, retiring in 2000.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She spent countless hours traveling and cheering on her son’s hockey, baseball and basketball teams, always their biggest fan. Her greatest joys were her children and grandchildren. She was happiest with a grandbaby on her lap and a book in her hands.
After retirement she and Jerry spent their winters in Venice Beach, FL. They had many wonderful years enjoying life on the beach, making many new friends, entertaining relatives and friends, playing cards and shark toothing.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jerry of almost 50 years, her sons Greg (Pam) of Jacksonville, FL, Jon (Leslie) of Plymouth, MN and Paul (Kelsie) of Aberdeen, SD. Seven grandsons, Peter, Andrew, Jack, Tommy, Lucas, Sam and Owen and two granddaughters, Grace and Becca. Brothers Robert (Sue) Garner, Dwight (Becky) Garner, Danny (Ena) Garner, sisters Marlene (Laverne) Zumbach, Darla (Harvey) Fagenbaum all of Iowa and sister, Faye (Jerry) Matteson of Wisconsin, sister-in-law, Marj Duggins of San Francisco, CA, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, friends, co-workers and former students.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vivian and Raymond Garner, and brother-in-law Milton Mohs.
Memorial Service on Saturday, March 31 at 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Cloud Hospital Hospice, Attn: Mary Kay, 48 29th Ave N, St. Cloud, Mn 56303.