Phyllis M. (Wasilk) Douglas, 82, died Oct. 19. She was born in St. Paul and was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy. Phyllis was an active volunteer for many organizations. She enjoyed a long career in retail including proprietor of Sunday’s Ice Cream in Har Mar Mall.
Despite a 55+ plus year battle with multiple sclerosis, Phyllis led a very active life. She enjoyed family and social gatherings, loved to entertain and had a special affinity for animals, especially giraffes.
She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Anna Wasilk, sister Claudette Lape and nephew Stephen Lape. She is survived by son David, grandson Geoffrey, step-grandson Stephan and their mother Julie Lucking; daughter Kristine (Christopher) Dyrhaug and daughter Dianne (Michael) Chehoski; granddaughter Callie and grandson Jack; sisters Pat (John) Kirchner, Julie (Jim) McDonough and Roz (Dave) Vannelli Anderson; Phyllis’s funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 8 at Maternity of Mary Catholic Church. Memorials preferred to the Giraffe Fund at the Como Zoo, MS Society of Upper Midwest or donor’s choice. Phyllis generously donated her body to the U of M Anatomy Bequest Program. Private interment to be held later.