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Phyllis C. Vavro

September 11, 1924 January 8, 2012
Phyllis C. Vavro
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Phyllis C. Vavro died at American House in Troy, January 8, 2012. She was 87 years old. Phyllis was born September 11, 1924, in Royal Oak, to Anna (nee Bacik) and Martin Vavro.
During WWII she was a "Rosie Riveter" on an assembly line. Phyllis was an excellent bowler and was in leagues all around the East side of Detroit.

Around 1954 she met her dear friend Bobbie when they both worked with the "bookkeeping machine" at the Highland Park Ford Motor Company. They used to park down an alley and a little store on the way to work sold coffee in short bottles; they would meet for coffee each morning on the way to work. They worked together for four years but their friendship is still strong today; the two of them became part of what is known as "The Group". The Group came together through bowling; they all met at 7 Mile and Van Dyke but bowled everywhere. Her sister Mary Ann Eccles was also a part of The Group from time to time. There are only five members left of The Group; Bobbie is one of them.

Phyllis was an excellent seamstress and although you wouldn't know it, she made many of her own clothes well into the 1960's. She also sewed with Mary Ann the entire wardrobe for the Mardi Gras Krewe of Neophermos* Mardi Gras Ball about 1968. She made a line of hand-sewn Barbie bride and bride's maid dolls in the 1980's. Her life was very full and busy doing things she enjoyed.

Phyllis was always in perfect health up to her early 80's. Even after her health ordeals began about six or seven years ago she never cried and was always brave. "She always rallied through everything" says Bobbie.

Used to doing things for herself, Phyllis was a totally organized individual. As a professional administrator she did an excellent job and retired with the Teamster's Graphic Communications Conference District Council 3. Phyllis was also an American Greeting Cards sales representative.

She loved to shop. It was hard to keep up with her in any store, always. Her high energy was strong her entire life. She was always made up and ready for her close-up whenever she went anywhere; and she drove her own car up to a few weeks ago. Phyllis also loved to gamble and spent nearly a decade living in Las Vegas. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by many.

Phyllis is survived by her brother, Robert (Marge) Vavro, and nieces and nephews, Karen (Fred) Transit, Don (Shelly) Vavro, David (Chris) Vavro, Lisa Vavro, Martin (Tanis) Eccles, Laura (Gary) Grimshaw, and Susan Roberts. She is preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Visitation will take place at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Rd. (between 14-15 Mile Rds.), Thursday 4-8pm with prayers 7pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Church of St. Alan, 2345 Coolidge Hwy. (between 15-16 Mile Rds.), Friday 10am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9:30am. Entombment in Guardian Angels Cemetery, Oakland Twp.

Memorials appreciated to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belford Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.


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