Phyllis J. Harris July 12, 1937– January 12,
2021 Racine-Phyllis J. Harris (nee: Crocco), age 83, of Racine, passed away quietly at St. Monica's Senior Living on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
She was born in Racine on July 12, 1937, daughter of the late Anthony and Caroline Crocco. Phyllis was extremely happy with her Italian heritage loving our large family gatherings. She finished from William Horlick High School in 1955 where she satisfied the love of her life– Russ Harris. The 2 were wed on September 29, 1956 at St. Joseph's in Racine.
Those who understood Phyllis would frequently describe her as vibrant, a force of nature, a human dynamo, funny, energetic, sassy, warm and kind with an excellent laugh and smile. She taught her children numerous important life lessons based on how she dealt with people. Phyllis' home was the location in the neighborhood where the kids constantly wished to play– and she ensured all of us discovered our good manners. She resembled a 2nd “Mom” to many of our pals and relatives. And you always understood where you stood with Phyllis.
To those fortunate enough to experience Christmastime with Phyllis, she had an amazing and warm display screen of Christmas trees in her home– one year she had 14 trees in all! She enjoyed rock-and-roll, was a fantastic cook who liked to feed everyone, adored her canines and took pride in her kids and grandkids. Phyllis was a generous and caring individual who constantly thought of others initially.
She worked for many years at S.C. Johnson in Racine. While working full-time, Phyllis made her bachelor's degree from Alverno College at the age of 52, and we beamed with pride. Beginning in Human Resources at SCJ– she wound up dealing with international employees who would concern Racine with their households for a few years. Phyllis would make sure they got what they required to be comfortable in their new house, frequently inviting them into her own house for meals and celebrations. For a kid born and raised in Racine, Phyllis made many lifelong pals from around the world.
Phyllis is made it through by her sons, Ken (Dawn) Harris, Mike (Peggy) Harris, Pat Harris and Rusty Harris, all in Racine; her grandchildren, Breanna (DeMont) Mitchell of San Antonio, TX, Natalie (Colin) Zeman of Green Bay, Ellen Harris of Milwaukee, Claire Harris of Brooklyn, NY and Sam Harris of Los Angeles, CA; her great grandchildren DJ, LaRen and Malachi Mitchell; her sister Toni Eucalano and lots of caring nieces, nephews and pals.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her spouse Russ; sis Melly Boone, Jenny Gentz and Rita Bernatovich; brother in-laws Tony Eucalano, Duane Gentz, Jack Boone and Ben Bernatovich; daddy and mom in-law Russell and Minnie Harris; and sis in-law Gladys (Charles) Simanek, Muriel (Harvey) Kraft and Arlene (John) Sorenson.
The household will hold a private service for Phyllis. In addition– a one-hour virtual occasion will be held utilizing Zoom to celebrate Phyllis on Saturday, January 23 at 10 am CST. If you wish to participate in the virtual event, please send out an e-mail to: [e-mail protected] and an occasion link will be sent out to you.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Monica's Senior Living or the Wisconsin Humane Society. The family wants to thank everybody at St. Monica's for their loving care and support.
Phyllis will be put to rest at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove with the love of her life– Russ Harris.
DRAEGER-LANGENDORF FUNERAL HOME & & CREMATORY 4600 COUNTY LINE ROAD 262-552-9000 www.draeger-langendorf.com Released byRacine Journal Times on Jan. 16,