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Phyllis J. Gilbert, 89, of Rockford, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.


She was born on June 1, 1929, in Grand Rapids, to the late Herman & Jessica (DeYoung) Wiseman.


Phyllis married Eugene Gilbert on March 6, 1950, in Alameda, California.  He preceded her in death on April 12, 1996.


She worked as a Bookkeeper for Grand Rapids Building Trades Credit Union, AAA Insurance, and was co-owner of Geneo’s Pizza at Bostwick Lake and Geneo’s Bar in Sparta.


Phyllis enjoyed time with family, being silly with her grandkids, painting, ceramics, and especially enjoyed cooking and eating a really good meal!


She was a member of the Rockford American Legion Auxiliary Post 102.


Survivors include her two children, Valerie (James) Poot and Scott (Debra) Gilbert; 4 grandchildren, Tina (Chad) Hendrick, Jason (Rebecca) Poot, Andrew (Amy) Gilbert and Jenna (Andrew) Arter; and eleven great-grandchildren, Lauren, Nicholas, Matthew, Jacob, Catherine, Claire, Nora, Calvin, Owen, Oliver and Mae.


Phyllis’ family is having a “Celebration of Life” at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Rockford American Legion Post 102 to share a lunch and some fun memories.


Honoring her wishes cremation has taken place.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Phyllis’ online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Lisa Moe on November 21, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I volunteer at Bishop Hills and I just wanted to say how amazing Phyllis is and will always be, we had become good friends over the last year and a half and I feel so blessed to have known her and hear the amazing stories of her kids and grandkids and how much she enjoyed making ceramics for them. She was so funny and kind and just an all around really amazing lady and I will definitely miss her. Sending lots of love to your family!

  2. Terri and John Huffman on November 21, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    So sorry for your lose, our prayers are with your family

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