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Phyllis Eileen Grunewald

April 4, 1926 - September 14, 2017

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Phyllis Eileen Schubert Grunewald died Thursday September 14, 2017 in her 92nd year after a brief illness. Phyllis was born in 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up in nearby Menomonee Falls. She was the daughter of Archie and Myrtle Meinecke Schubert, who predeceased her. She was also predeceased by a younger brother Burton Schubert.

She leaves behind her grieving husband Alan and two cherished sons, Karl (Barbara) and Stephen (Layne Friedrich), four beloved granddaughters-of whom she was so proud-Kristin (Aaron Sanders), Kathryn, Katelyn and Jaime (Brendan Clarke), as well as a beautiful...

Phyllis Eileen Schubert Grunewald died Thursday September 14, 2017 in her 92nd year after a brief illness. Phyllis was born in 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up in nearby Menomonee Falls. She was the daughter of Archie and Myrtle Meinecke Schubert, who predeceased her. She was also predeceased by a younger brother Burton Schubert.

She leaves behind her grieving husband Alan and two cherished sons, Karl (Barbara) and Stephen (Layne Friedrich), four beloved granddaughters-of whom she was so proud-Kristin (Aaron Sanders), Kathryn, Katelyn and Jaime (Brendan Clarke), as well as a beautiful great granddaughter Kennedi Rose Clarke. She also leaves a dearly loved sister Billie Wenzel and brother David (Karen) Schubert and close first cousin Beth (Jim) Basta, as well as many nieces and nephews and a multitude of good friends from all over the world, including East Lansing, Traverse City, Brazil, Germany and elsewhere.

Phyllis had many interests, activities and achievements. Education-and especially education in music and the arts-was a special interest. She played the trombone as a girl in the Menomonee Falls High School Band. She was a music teacher in Wisconsin for several years, after earning her music education degree at the Milwaukee State Teachers College. After moving to East Lansing with Alan in 1955, she taught music classes at the MSU elementary school and then taught piano in her home for many years. She worked in the East Lansing school system for over 10 years as a teacher's aide. She was a member of the Michigan Music Teachers Association and played in the Bell Ringers group at the People's Church. She loved to gather with her family around the piano to sing together, especially carols at Christmas. Phyllis was a founding member of the Greater Lansing Potter's Guild located in Haslett, MI, and regularly delivered her quota to the semi-annual pottery sales until a few years ago. She was a member of the Lansing Skating Club in East Lansing. On the arms of her friends there, she took her last turn around the rink on her 88th birthday. She was also a longtime member of P.E.O., a women's philanthropic society. Phyllis and Alan traveled together all over the world, by chartered sailboat, cruise ship and other means. They lived with their boys in Berlin in the 1950's and in Porto Alegre, Brazil in the 1960's. Phyllis made friends wherever she went. She loved to garden, and especially took an interest in the wildflowers that grew around the family vacation home near Traverse City, where she and Alan won a sailing trophy with their Javelin. She was a member of the Audubon Society and shared her knowledge and love of birds with her family and friends.

Funeral arrangements are not yet finalized but a memorial service is planned in the next couple weeks. Please consult the website of the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home in East Lansing for updates. Burial will be private. Instead of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Greater Lansing Potters Guild.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel. On line condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com