July 27, 1925 ~ August 7, 2017
Phyllis Lea Ginder
Phyllis Lea Schireman Ginder entered into God’s Glory on August 7, 2017 at age 92. One of Phyllis’s prayers was to spend her last days in her home. Even with Alzheimer’s taking her mind, and later her body, she passed peacefully and painlessly in her home with family, her caregiver, and hospice nurses at her side. She’s dancing and singing with Jesus now and forevermore.
Phyllis grew up in the farmlands of Treasure Valley in Nyssa Oregon. She graduated from Nyssa High in 1943, but said good-bye to many of her male classmates who would enlist in WWII. Motivated by the War Effort at home, she attended nursing school in The Dalles, OR. She didn’t like it, so headed south to California, and later married Army veteran Fredrick Ginder in 1946. She joined the Church of the Holy Communion in Gardena in 1946, and was active in Choir and Altar Guild; as a Sunday school teacher; and Girls’ Friendly Society Leader. Phyllis marched many years for the March of Dimes, as a thank you to the organization that helped her premature baby girl, Carol Anne, born in 1953. Phyllis finished her A.A. degree in food services at El Camino College. She worked at Peary Junior High as the beloved Popcorn Lady from 1963-1964, then worked full time for 10 years in the El Camino College Cafeteria before retiring in the early 1970’s. She was actively involved in her only child’ Carol’s life, on her schools’ PTA Boards, and as chauffeur for dance lessons and summers of golf tournaments.
Fred passed in 1978, a year after Carol and David Kofahl married. Phyllis never remarried. She joined the YMCA fund-raising group, “The Y’s Men.” In 1990 Phyllis was awarded their highest award for volunteer service, The Golden Triangle. The Y’s Men used their national and international conferences as a vehicle for world travel. With her Y’ buddies, they explored many cultures together in Asia, Scandinavia, Canada, and the East and South Coasts of the USA.. The Y’s Men became her dearest friends and supporters. She also served for four years as President of Friends of the Library for the Masao Satow Branch in Gardena.
Phyllis is survived by her daughter Carol Ginder Kofahl and husband David of Huntington Beach; grandsons Christian and Aaron; her brother Glenn Schireman (now 86 years old) and his wife Harriet; and her many nephews and nieces.