Phyllis Rae Kjeldgaard
Phyllis Rae Kjeldgaard, of Ellis Ave., Springville, died Monday September 4, 2017 in Buffalo General Hospital, at the age of 81.
She was born March 24, 1936 in Binghamton, NY a daughter of the late Henry Shade and Lucille Biggs. After her high school graduation she was awarded a full piano scholarship to Houghton College which she passed on in order to marry and raise children. She was a rental consultant for Boulevard Towers in Amherst and was a buyer for Hislop's in Auburn, NY. She was a member of the Cheektowaga Community Baptist Church and since her move to Springville has been attending the First United Methodist Church. She was a member of the American Baptist Women and participated in the Methodist Bible Study and was a former President of the Cattail Creek Association in NC.
She was an extremely proud mother and grandmother and loved to have her family around her. She taught tole painting classes, was a Sunday School teacher, enjoyed knitting, loved to dance, was quite the card shark and enjoyed country and Christian music. She was the first female ski patrol in Skaneatles and although she lived here, her heart was in the NC mountains. She was always there for anyone in need.
She is survived by her husband - Lawrence M. Kjeldgaard whom she married in 1982; children - Thomas (Joanne) Brown of Clarence, Sharon (John) Danna of Hamburg, Susan (Dale) Ziegelhofer of Hamburg, Shannon Brown of Chattanooga, TN, Theresa Ellington of Hamburg, Tammy (Stacy) Rice of Springville, Jill (Mike) McCoy of San Jose, CA; step-children - Ron (AnnMarie) Kjeldgaard of Depew, Linda (John) Zilliox of Wheatfield, Dan Kjeldgaard of Buffalo, Lawrence Kjeldgaard of Nashville, TN; her 13 beloved grandchildren; a brother - Phillip Shade of Detroit, MI; two nieces and a nephew.
Friends may call Thursday September 7, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 E. Main St., Springville. Funeral services will be held Friday September 8, 2017 at 11 am in the First United Methodist Church, 474 E. Main St., Springville.
Memorials may be made to the Yancey County Humane Society, 962 Cane River School Rd., Burnsville, NC 28714.