Gail E. Phillippi

Gail E. Phillippi

Thursday, March 11th, 1937 - Thursday, June 11th, 2020
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Gail E. Phillippi of Sardinia, NY passed away on June 11, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo at the age of 83.

She was born March 11, 1937 in East Otto, New York a daughter of the late Arndt and Virginia Opferbeck. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden. She loved Arabian horses and was a member of the Silver Spur Riding Club. She loved her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her church family.

Gail is survived by her husband of 58 years, Laverne I. Phillippi who she married on September 30, 1961 in Blasdell; her children: Mark I. (Flora Rose) Phillippi of Franklinville, Michelle (Daniel) Phillippi-Moran of Farmersville, Melissa G. (Sherwood) Levitski of Chester, SC and Steve (Phyllis) Swinarski of Reidsville, NC; also survived by 5 grandchildren: Amanda Phillippi, Jessica Brodie, Luke Phillippi, Steve Swinarski, Jr., and Mckenzi Cragg; 4 great-grandchildren with another on the way as well as many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her sisters - Sharon Sickau and Sandra Eldridge.

There will be no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be held in Sardinia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 3487 North Boston Rd., Eden, NY 14057
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    Sardinia Cemetery
    Genesee Rd.
    SARDINIA, NY 14030
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There will be no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.


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Linda Weaver,Knab

Posted at 02:08pm
Sorry for your lost of Gail, thinking of you and your family,hugs!!!!

Terri Jo

Posted at 09:40am
Gail Elta ... My dear first cousin ... Our Moms are sisters ... Her parents, Uncle Arndt and Aunt Peg, are my Godparents ... Gail was the one who first put me up on a horse ... “Lady” ... on the farm on Utly Rd in East Otto. Gail, Sherry & Mike (Sandy) were my official big sisters. I stood up in Sherry & Gails weddings! What an honor I felt!
When Gail & Vern lived on 219 in Hamburg, and I lived in No. Boston, we saw a lot of each other. She helped me with sewing ... I wallpapered a bedroom with “My Pretty Pony” paper for Michelle. Whatever we did, it usually involved laughing! Truly a Big Sister to me!
That beautiful smile!!! When Mark was still a little kid, and I had Thom, mark would come over and so patiently play “trucks” together. So happy our boys are now adult cousins/friends!
I’ll always miss just knowing you’re here. So positive, always with that gorgeous smile. Now you’re free, knowing how much you’re loved by so many.
Now you can ride as much as you want! Maybe Chief will come round for a treat and a ride up the hill across from the house! Maybe even Cub & Babe! And dear Lady, Pupper and Abner. I know you were greeted by all with open arms, because you are such a treasure. You and Vern were an awesome team! A perfect match! ❤️❤️❤️❤️Forever form Terri Leyda Gebler

Sandra Myers

Posted at 04:14pm
What I remember most is her love for the Arabian horse and the silver spur horse show. We had many good times both in the office and out. You will be missed

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