Published: Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Phyllis Zuber Wise was born July 24, 1915, in Lowell Township, Potter County, S.D., to Henry Zuber and Grace (Herron) Zuber. She was 4 years old when her father died in a drowning accident. The family continued to live on the farm and she received her grade school education in a one room schoolhouse. Phyllis graduated from Gettysburg (S.D.) High School in 1934.
She married Louis Martin Wise Oct. 2, 1936, in Gettysburg where she lived all her life.
Phyllis provided room and board for high school boys for many years. She worked at Jones Drug for a short time before she and Louie purchased and operated the Gambles Store.
Phyllis served in a number of civic duties including being one of the founding members of Medicine Rock Senior Citizens Center. She had been a member of the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary, the Gettysburg Historical Society, Extension Club, the Gettysburg Country Club and for many years she served as volunteer curator at the Dakota Sunrise Museum which she helped establish. This was a job she greatly enjoyed.
Phyllis enjoyed dancing, golfing, bowling, playing cards and watching high school sporting events.
Phyllis died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Oahe Manor, Gettysburg. She was 97.
Funeral services were Nov. 13 at the United Methodist Church in Gettysburg with Pastor Jeff Adel officiating. Burial followed at Pembroke Cemetery in Hoven, S.D.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her her husband, Louie; both parents; her brother, Walton Zuber; and her sister, Renee Gesman.
She is survived by her two daughters, Lu Ann (Ernie) Edwards of Watertown, S.D. and Karen (Jerry) Baldwin of Custer, S.D.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two cousins, Eileen Hegerle and Lucille Ellenbecker of Gettysburg; and a special friend, Beryl Clark of Gettysburg.
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