Phyllis M. Carpenter

May 26, 1927 March 8, 2011

Phyllis M. Carpenter of New Berlin died suddenly Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at her home at the age of 83. Phyllis was born May 26, 1927, the daughter of William and Flora Lord.

She married the love of her life, Daniel "Dan" Carpenter on July 16, 1949, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bayview. Phyllis retired from Wisconsin Bell after 20 years of dedicated service and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and a devoted volunteer to the Muscular Dystrophy Association Annual Telethon at the Waukesha Center. She was a "sports grandma," who was an avid Packers fan. Phyllis also enjoyed playing cards, reading and collecting crystal bells and candles. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family especially her grandkids and great-grandkids.

Phyllis will be dearly missed by her children, David (Patricia) Carpenter of Waukesha, Daniel "Danny" (Pamela) Carpenter of Brookfield, Dennis (Sue) Carpenter of Nashotah, Susan "Susie" Carpenter (Ted Mastos) of Hudson, Sally (Anthony) Gapinski of Waukesha, Paula (Mitch) Hintz of Waukesha and Peter (Lisa) Carpenter of Wauwatosa; grandchildren, Jay, Ryan, Matthew (Melissa), Daniel II, Chad (Julie) and Kyle Carpenter, Trista (Keith), Troy, Taryn and Tiarra Mae Gapinski, and Joshua, Jeremy and Joseph Hintz; great-grandchildren, Ty Carpenter, Alexandra Gapinski, Taven and Kaelyn Putnins; and brother, David (the late Marge) Lord of Neillsville. Phyllis is further survived by other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel "Dan"; grandson, Christopher; parents; and two brothers, William and Marvin.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, March 11,at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Entombment will be at St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the, Muscular Dystrophy Association of Wisconsin, 330 S. Executive Drive, #100-A, Brookfield, WI 53005; United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin, 7519 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53219; or to the American Cancer Society, N19-W24350 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, visit