Phyllis Isaacson, age 91, of Sauk Rapids, formerly of Dassel, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids.
She was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Stanton, IA, to Virgil and Alta (Albeneson) Shogren, the third of four daughters. Phyllis was baptized as an infant and later confirmed at Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton.
When she was 15, Phyllis traveled to California to visit an aunt for the summer and worked for J.C. Penney.
She was president of her senior class, and graduated in 1945 from Stanton High School.
Phyllis was united in marriage to Clifford Isaacson Aug. 17, 1947, at Mamrelund Lutheran Church. Following their marriage, the couple farmed the home place near Stanton for nine years.
They moved to Denver, CO in 1956, and Phyllis began working at a bank. The family later moved back to Iowa, and then on to Minneapolis in 1962. Over the years, Phyllis worked for several different companies in the Twin Cities as a bookkeeper.
She and Cliff retired to Dassel in 1989, where they built a home and realized their dream of living on a lake.
Phyllis was active in churches in the cities where they lived. She had a beautiful singing voice and sang in church choirs and with small groups. She also performed solos on special occasions; and was active in various women’s groups and Bible studies.
Phyllis was an accomplished seamstress, and also enjoyed gardening in her retirement years. She loved collecting antiques and decorating the many homes that she and Cliff remodeled. She was generous, and enjoyed giving gifts. Her Swedish and small town heritage were very important to her and, whenever possible, she spent time with her extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and her husband, Clifford.
Phyllis is survived by her son, Steven Isaacson and his wife, Barbara of Saint Cloud; her daughter, Michele Johnson and her husband, Charles of Buena Vista, CO; and grandchildren Jeffrey (Melissa) and Michael (Erica) Isaacson, Meredith (David) McConnell, Karen (Ryan) Schmidt, Andrew Johnson, Brita (Ohad) Almog, Micah Johnson, Sarah (Shannon) Langston, Elisabet (Jordan) Green, and David (Olga) and Mary Johnson.
She is further survived by six great-grandchildren: Xavier and Joseph Isaacson, Madison Schmidt, and Orin, Nevoh, and Amalia Almog; and a sister, Virgilene (Mick) Pickard of Ankeny, IA.
The funeral service will take place Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton, IA. There will be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to either the United Service Organization (USO.org) or Mamrelund Lutheran Church.
Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home, Red Oak, IA, is in charge of arrangements.