Phyllis Jurn, age 89, of Imlay City, MI passed away peacefully Friday, September 30, 2022. Phyllis Rathka was born June 18, 1933 in Goodland Township, MI. She was the daughter of the late Robert and the late Eva (Helmka) Rathka. Phyllis grew up in the Imlay City area. She attended school at Erity Country School before graduating from Imlay City High School, Class of 1951. She married William “Bill” Jurn on July 18, 1953 at the West Goodland United Methodist Church, Imlay City. She was preceded in death by Bill on Sept. 29, 2000.
Phyllis was a member of West Goodland United Methodist Church, now the Goodland Community Church; she played piano and was a participant in the Goodland Caregiver Group. She was also a member of the Imlay City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Phyllis worked as a sales clerk at Rankin’s Bakery in downtown Imlay City for 20-plus years. She had many close friends around the Imlay City area and knew almost everyone who stopped at the bakery.
Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Sherry (Tim) Hill of Imlay City, MI; her sons, Dale (Peggy) Jurn of Beaverton, MI and Mark (Janie) Jurn of Norwalk, OH; her grandchildren, Brad Jurn, Benjamin (Jen) Hill, and Nathan (Michelle) Hill; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Aaron, Amber; also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Jurn; her parents, Robert and Eva Rathka; and her brother, Ronald (Madeline) Rathka and infant brother, Laverne Rathka.
The funeral was held Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at Goodland Community Church, 2008 N. Van Dyke, Imlay City, MI. Pastor Ken Tison officiated.
The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City, MI. Burial was in Imlay Township Cemetery.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions may direct them to McLaren Hospice.
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