Phillis Wendt, 94

Posted March 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm


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Phillis Wendt of rural Le Mars, Iowa passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Akron Care Center in Akron, Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the First Plymouth Presbyterian Church (19116 Hickory Ave., Le Mars) with Pastor Neil Peck officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be after 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars followed by a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service Friday evening at the funeral home. Visitation will continue Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

Pallbearers will be Ron Wendt, Jerry Wendt, Tom Wendt, Dick Wendt, Jason Wendt, and Clint Fick.

Phillis Louise Cockrell was born June 8, 1919 in Pierson, Iowa to Eugene and Irma (James) Cockrell. She graduated valedictorian of her class from Kingsley High School on May 21, 1936. After attending Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) for a time, she returned home to help her parents with their family owned restaurant, the Cockrell Café in Kingsley, Iowa. Later her family owned other restaurants in Le Mars including the Waeside Inn and the Waldor. Here, Phillis worked and made many friends. She had also waitressed at Archie’s Waeside for over 20 years.

Phillis married Ralph Wendt on December 26, 1951 at the First Plymouth Presbyterian Church, rural Le Mars. Together they raised six children on the Wendt farm, rural Le Mars. She was an active member of the First Plymouth Presbyterian Church and an avid gardener and a baker of delicious pies and cinnamon rolls. She is remembered among family and friends for her care and concern for others, and for her quiet strength and positive attitude. Phillis always had room at her table for family and friends. She also enjoyed competitively playing cards and board games.

Phillis is survived by five children: Nancy Fick and her husband Fred of Longmont, Colorado, Ron Wendt and his wife Norma of Akron, Jerry Wendt of Le Mars, Tom Wendt and his wife Juli of Stillwater, Minnesota, and Dick Wendt of Magee, Mississippi; eight grandchildren: Nancy’s son Clint, Bob’s daughter Shelia, Ron’s children Jennifer, Julia and Jason, Tom’s children Madeline, Robin, and Linder and twelve great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Phillis is preceded in death by her husband Ralph in June of 1994; a son Robert “Bob”; a sister, Eileen (Dutch) Hodge; and a brother, Eugene “Joe” (Connie) Cockrell.

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