Phyllis Hunn, 83

Phyllis Joyce (Heeter) Hunn, 83, died on Oct. 8, 2015, in Timbercrest Healthcare, North Manchester.

Born March 28, 1932 in South Bend, to George U. and Martha M. Heeter, she was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Harold E. Heeter.  She graduated from Elkhart High School (1950) and Manchester College (1954), majoring in music.

College is where Phyllis met the love of her life, G. Arthur Hunn.  They married Dec. 19, 1953, and celebrated 61 happy anniversaries (741 months, as Art kept track). 

Their children all live in North Manchester:  Mrs. Becky (Dennis) Unger, Jeff (Jane Cross) Hunn and Mrs. Julie (Bill) Baxter.  Their grandchildren are Matt (Lindsey) Unger, Amy (Kyle Leffel) Unger, Lauren Baxter and Megan Baxter; great-grandchildren are Lilliana Unger and Ayla Leffel.

Phyllis taught piano for 40 years, touching the lives of hundreds of children and adults.  She played piano and organ for many church/community events over seven decades.  She was a wonderful homemaker and an expert seamstress for her family and others.  Travel with her family included annual trips to the denomination’s Annual Conference as well as trips to the Holy Lands (1972) and to Europe (1990).  She was an active member of each church pastored by her husband, both in Pennsylvania and Illinois, and since retiring has been a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren.

Phyllis had been a resident of Timbercrest Senior Living Community since Jan. 2012, moving from their Manor apartment to Healthcare in Sept. 2014 because of her Parkinson’s Disease.  Phyllis’s wish was for her body to be donated for medical study at Indiana University  Medical Center.  A memorial service is planned for Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. at her church, with the family receiving friends one hour prior, as well as afterwards until 5 PM.  Memorial contributions may be made in Phyllis’s memory for choral music at Manchester Church of the Brethren, N. Manchester, IN 46962.


Posted on 2015 Oct 13