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December 2018

Phyllis Genevieve Stuke

August 19, 1936
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December 25, 2018
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The Stuke, Lonergan, and Braswell families mourn the loss of our beloved Phyllis Genevieve Stuke.  Known for her spry step, sprightly spirit, and silly smiles, Phyllis was always the first to start dancing or chime in with a witty joke.  Phyllis was born to Ruth and Edward Lonergan on August 19th, 1936 in Dedham, Massachusetts.  A child of the Great Depression era, she was extremely frugal in her own day-to-day affairs while simultaneously showing selfless generosity to her family.  Phyllis met her husband John in Dedham in 1954, and was introduced through her sister, Pat, after whistling across the street at John in his sailor uniform.  John and Phyllis were married on September 25th, 1955, in the Baptist Church at East Dedham Square, and renewed their vows 60 years later at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  During her years as a Navy wife, Phyllis saw many exotic places such as Algiers, Venice, Milano, Austria, Germany, Paris, Brussels, Luxembourg, and Portugal.  Her family lived in Naples, Italy, as well as a number of state-side locations including Virginia, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Georgia, and finally Florida.  Throughout her life, Phyllis was a great animal lover, and always had one or more dogs, birds, ferrets, or other feathery and furry friends inside the home.  She could often be seen carrying one of her small chihuahua dogs in her arms, and even sometimes in her purse or overcoat.  Phyllis was a hard worker and traditional home maker, faithfully keeping her own household while serving many families as a trusted nanny and child care provider.  On many days she would care for the children at church, and became famous in her own right after being hired by multiple players from the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team.  Phyllis passed away during the early morning hours on Christmas Day, while sleeping peacefully and surrounded by her closest family members.  She is survived by her loving husband, John; her siblings, Maybelle, Pat, and Edward Jr; her children, Debbie and John Jr; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  A visitation will be held Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 1 pm to 3 pm, immediately followed by a funeral service at 3 pm, burial and reception, all at Ponte Vedra Valley.