Mrs. Phyllis Schmitt of Flemington NJ unexpectedly passed away Sunday February 16th at the age of 85 at RJW Hospital after a sudden and massive stroke . Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her funeral services being held at Costello-Runyon Funeral Home at 568 Middlesex Ave. in Metuchen NJ on Saturday February 22 . Visitation hours are from 10 am to 11 am at the Home and interment services will be performed at the Hillside Cemetery on Lincoln Ave. in Metuchen at 11:30 am .
Phyllis was born in Jamesburg NJ on August 2, 1934. She graduated from Jamesburg High School in 1951 and resided in Helmetta and Savannah Georgia as a young girl as well .
Phyllis met her future husband Joseph through mutual friends and they were soon engaged - at a picnic on the 4th of July 1956 on a sweltering summer day … and married in October of that same year.
Phyllis and Joe would be together for 52 years through thick and thin and always remained committed to family, making a solid home and running their small business before the family sadly lost Joe in 2009 to a combination of illnesses.
The couple had three sons Brian ( deceased 2010 ), Frederick of Scotch Plains and David of Flemington and ultimately were blessed with 6 grandchildren Matthew, Rebecca, John Stephen, Jane and Thomas all of whom saw her frequently and loved her very much. With the grandkids came the nickname ‘Nanny’ which became her ‘official name’ to the end.
Nanny will also always be very grateful for the love, friendship and care she received from her three daughters-in law, Alicia of Kennett Square PA, Denise in Flemington and Reidun in Scotch Plains - they held a special bond and saw each other quite often .
Nanny is also survived by her half-sister Janis ( and Ben ) Wallace of Virginia Beach, her two cousins Carol ( and Bob ) Gavan and Nancy Birkett of Pahrump Nevada and their families - all of whom were very close friends, traveled together and stayed in touch despite the barrier of distance.
Old movies, pets and animals, clothing, food and dining, travel, baseball and artwork were some of her interests. Nanny always exhibited a distinct curiosity and energy about life and a tried to reach perfection in everything she was involved with . She had a generous big heart and was willing to share all she had with anyone close by.
We will all miss you very much Nanny - Rest in Peace . We love you .