Phyllis L. Piagentini

Sept. 16, 1922 Oct. 9, 2010

Phyllis L. Piagentini of Mukwonago died peacefully Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at her home surrounded by family at the age of 88. She was born Sept. 16, 1922, in Iowa, the daughter of Kerns and Dorothy (Rankin) Applegate.

She was united in marriage to Joseph Piagentini on April 20, 1946, in Chicago; he preceded her in death Aug. 22, 2007. Along with having seven children of their own, Joe and Phyllis also touched the lives of 47 foster children over 20 years. Phyllis loved quilting and made countless quilts for her children and grandchildren. She helped to build Westbrooke Wesleyan Church in New Berlin and has been a devoted member for more than 50 years.

Phyllis will be deeply missed by her three sons, Richard (Patricia) of Wales, Martin (Roxanne) of Muskego and David of Oconomowoc; two daughters, Susan (Curt) Krohn of Mukwonago and Brenda (Jason) Tetzlaff of Waukesha; 10 grandchildren, Kelly (Jay) Cavaiani, Angela (Shane) Kitzan, Eric (Cheri) Terrizzi, Melissa (Chris) Curka, Ryan (Stephanie) Huckstorf, Rhonda Huckstorf, Caidlena Krohn, Levi Krohn, Tyson Tetzlaff and Trae Tetzlaff; and 12 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Abigail and Caleb Cavaiani, Ryan and Sophia Kitzan, Owen and Ethan Terrizzi, Austin Curka, Kiley, Savannah, Isabella and Aubriana Huckstorf and Jaxon Lawrence. She is further survived by her siblings, Evelyn Smith, Frieda (Curtis) Davis, Naomi Rutzinski, John Applegate and Martha Anderson, all of Iowa.

She was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Kerns Piagentini; daughter, Barbara Sue Piagentini; brothers, Bill and Junior Applegate; sister, Louise Loncor; and her parents.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Westbrooke Wesleyan Church, 21300 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin. The Rev. Scott Smith, the Rev. Gerald Krupp and the Rev. Jay Cavaiani will preside. Interment will be held privately Thursday at Prairie Home Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family to be given to her favorite charities.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to to leave an online tribute.