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Phyllus E. (Wilson) Groves

September 3, 1928 ~ August 1, 2017 (age 88)

The Piano Brothers

     Phyllus Elaine (Wilson) Groves, 88, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at Pine Crest Village in Sturgeon Bay, following a short battle with lung cancer. She was born September 3, 1928, in Elgin, Illinois, to Sidney H. and Nellie M. (Bell) Wilson. Phyllus married James H. Groves on October 5, 1946 at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Elgin. Jim preceded her in death on March 29, 2016.

     Phyl and Jim lived in Elgin, Illinois until 2006, when they moved to Watertown, Wisconsin, to live near their daughter. In September, 2015, they moved to their beloved Door County, where they had spent family vacations since the 1940’s. They also enjoyed spending several winters in Naples and Lake Worth, Florida. Phyllus hated to cook, but was a great hostess; loved to golf and bowl; and played in the same card club for 60 years. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1946, then worked at the Elgin Watch Factory and, for one day only, at Bloom’s Restaurant, where her first customers waited a long time for lunch—Phyl delivered their salads, then walked out the back door, never to return! She was a professional corsetiere, training in Chicago and working in the foundations departments of both Ackemann’s and Spiess Department stores in Elgin.

     Phyllus is survived by a daughter, Deborah K. (Michael) Olesen of Sturgeon Bay; a son, Steven J. Groves of Elgin; a granddaughter, Stephanie K. (Matthew) Olesen-Bute of San Jose, California; a sister-in-law, Iris Groves of Streamwood; a brother-in-law, Ralph Thieman of The Villages, Florida; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister, Nan Jean Thieman.

     A memorial service celebrating Phyllus’ life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at Pine Crest Village in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Richard Feyen, of Hope Church, officiating.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either Unity Hospice or the Door County YMCA.

     The family would like to thank Unity Hospice for their excellent care; and the staff at Pinecrest Village for their special, compassionate care. (Thanks so much, Katie for the butterfly “tattoo.” Mom loved it, and as she said, “You gave me my wings”). Thanks to the Y Rats for their e-mails and visits, and a huge thank you to Lynn for her endless support and who, Mom said, “put a wiggle in my jiggle!” Friends are a wonderful thing.

     Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay is assisting with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Phyllus may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

Charitable donations may be made to:

Unity (Hospice and Palliative Care)
2366 Oak Ridge Circle, De Pere WI 54115
Tel: 1-800-990-9249

Door County YMCA
1900 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
Tel: 1-920-743-4949

 Service Information

Memorial Service
August 12, 2017

11:00 AM
Pine Crest Village - Sturgeon Bay
1241 N. 18th Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

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