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Phyllis Louise Klay

May 27, 1929 ~ October 6, 2018 (age 89)

Phyllis Louise Klay, 89, of Kronenwetter, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.  She was born May 27, 1929 to the late Conrad & Florence Kittelson (Fish) in International Falls, Minnesota.

Phyllis married Walter Klay on March 20, 1948 in International Falls, where they spent their first fourteen years as husband and wife.  They then moved their family to Withee, Wisconsin where they established Klay Specialty Advertising.  She was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church in Withee for many years.  Following a move to the Wausau area in 2001, she and Walt retired from sales.

An exceptional seamstress, crafter and cook, Phyllis’ family benefited from her many talents.  She leaves behind dozens of cherished keepsakes including handmade quilts, decorative pillows, clothing items, sequined Christmas stockings and many hand painted items including snowmen, aprons & lamps.   Each will be a reminder of the love and generosity she shared.  The outstanding baked goods and wonderful holiday meals sheserved her family and the never-empty coffee pot will always be warmly remembered.

Phyllis was an avid league bowler in Owen-Withee and enjoyed occasional tournament trips.  She continued bowling after the move to Wausau right through the 2017-18 season.

Survivors include three sons:  Terry (Gail) Klay, Rick (Leonor) Klay, and Allan (Karen) Klay, all of Wausau; a daughter, Gwendolyn Klay of Madison, seven grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, 5 sisters and 1 brother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, 6 brothers and 2 sisters.

Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Brainard Funeral Home-Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston, Wisconsin.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the Funeral Home. Online condolences can be given at

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