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SILVER CREEK:  Phyllis Kohler, 80, of Monroe Street, Silver Creek, died Friday, February 5th, 2021 at St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, PA, following COVID induced pneumonia.  She was born in Brocton, on June 16, 1940, the daughter of the late Anthony and Frances (Giordano) Syracuse.

  Phyllis was a graduate of Brocton Central School, Class of 1958 and attended college in Alfred.  After attending college, while working at the former Niagara Therapy in Brocton, she met John “Jack” Kohler and married him 60 years ago on October 29, 1960 in the Zion Lutheran Church, Silver Creek.  She also worked as an Executive Secretary for the former St. Columban’s Retreat Center in Silver Creek & Derby, for 30 years.

  Phyllis was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Farnham.  She was a very selfless, intelligent and hardworking person.  She loved to read, cook, watch Jeopardy and travel.  Phyllis especially enjoyed being with her husband, family and grandchildren.  She also had a strong faith in God.

   Surviving besides her husband are two sons John T. (Bethany) Kohler, Andrew C. (Genesis) Kohler, a daughter, Melinda (Michael) Johnson and a brother, Thomas (Stella) Syracuse.  Also surviving are three grandchildren; John Joseph Kohler, Michael Wyatt Johnson, Quinlan Jack Kohler, three great grandchildren; Roan, Rorik, Jace and nieces & nephews James, Jacque, Cindy & Marc.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a sister Betty Hedgman.

  A Celebration of Life will be held in June.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 633 Church Street, Farnham, NY 14061.

  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences or memories go to

7 Comments on Obituary Notice – Phyllis Kohler

  1. Paulette and Jim Strzempka says:

    Condolences go to Jack and family. Phyllis was a joy to be around. We enjoyed our times together at TriCounty Golf Course. We always had such a good time and went home with sore sides from laughing so much. Prayers are with you.

  2. Lance & Susan Beever says:

    Our prayers and thoughts to Phyllis’s family. Many the many happy memories made bless them in future days.

  3. Winnie Peters (BIG) says:

    a sense of humor. a friend. a loyal confidant. a loving Mother and Grandmother. a complete Wife. a woman of amazingness. How we all are missing her.

  4. Jean Malinoski says:

    Dear Jack, I don’t know where to begin to tell you how very sorry I am to read of Phyllis’ death. One of my greatest regrets is I never told her how important she was to me when I lived on Monroe St. She was my mother, sister, friend and confidante. She made me feel like family. I have so many wonderful memories of visiting with her at your kitchen table. She was funny, kind, compassionate, thoughtful, joyful, feisty and generous. Before I left for FL, I drove by your house. I wanted to stop but knew it wouldn’t be wise because of COVID. I regret not taking the chance. I will be thinking of you and praying that you, John, Andy and Melinda find comfort in knowing how fortunate you all were to have had Phyllis in your lives. Cherish your memories.
    Much love, Jean

  5. juanita says:

    Melinda and Mike, Marshall and I are so very sorry for your loss. Memories will be with you forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you Marshall and Juanita

  6. Diane T. Larsen says:

    Melinda, I was so surprised and sad to read about your Mother’s passing. I knew her briefly, but I found her to be so thoughtful. I enjoyed our conversations. She spoke of her family all the time. And we all know your father was her whole life. Her last card to me mentioned us meeting for lunch after COVID goes away. I am missing that plan!

  7. Wanted to say “Judge Kohler” that I feel bad that Phyllis passed & am thinking of you and family as would Rich if he were here. She was a wonderful person as are you for many reasons. Please take care!

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