Phyllis T. Heitkamp, 79
Nov. 11, 1937 — Nov. 11, 2016
Phyllis T. Heitkamp of Thiensville was born in Wausau on Nov. 11, 1937, the daughter of Shirley and Viola (nee Harris) Thoreson. She left her body to continue her venture into the universe on her birthday, Nov. 11, 2016.
As an herbalist, she taught herb classes and conducted herb walks in various places around the state of Wisconsin. She also gave lectures on alternative healing. “Wisconsin Medicinal Herbs” was her first book published in 1999, to be followed by “The Simplicity of Herbal Health,” published in 2004, ultimately writing a total of six books.
She was a graduate of the School of Natural Healing, Springville, Utah, in their Master Herbalist program. Phyllis also attended Merced City College, Los Angeles City College, Layton School of Art in Milwaukee and graduated from Shawano High School.
In 1990, she helped organize the COPE Teen-line in Ozaukee County. She was on the board of directors for Wellspring, a bed & breakfast and organic subscription farm. In 2004, she was a member of the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Master Gardeners.
Phyllis hopes to join her husband, LaVern Heitkamp, who died in 2013. She is survived by her children, Kathy Grayson of Green Bay, Loren Grayson of Orlando, Fla., and Blaine Grayson of Appleton; stepsons, Thomas Heitkamp of Eau Claire and Donald (Deborah) Heitkamp of Monroe; very special nephew and niece, Marty and Terry Heitkamp of Cedar Falls, Iowa; step-grandchildren, Susan Heitkamp of Monument, Colo., Rich Heitkamp of Ripon and Sara Heitkamp of Monroe; great-grandchildren, Charlie and David; sisters, Betty Westphal of McMinnville, Ore. and Donna Lemke, who died in 2005 and now waits for her to join the three-some again.
A private Memorial Gathering was held. A Farewell Ceremony at Highland Woods in Mequon is scheduled for the spring of 2017. Phyllis asked that no flowers be sent, but rather asks you to plant a bush or tree for the health of this planet, which Phyllis so loved.
Messages of support to the family can be sent online at www.eernissefuneralhome.com. The Eernisse Funeral Home of Cedarburg is assisting the family.