Phyllis J. Novinger
April 27, 1929 - December 25, 2017

Phyllis J. Novinger

Phyllis J. Novinger
Apr 27, 1929 - Dec 25, 2017

Phyllis J. Novinger

Phyllis Jean (Barrett) Novinger passed away on Monday, December 25, 2017 in Shenandoah, IA at the age of 88 years old.

Phyllis was born in Shenandoah, IA on April 27, 1929, the thirteenth child of George and Sarah (Martin) Barrett. Phyllis was a lifelong member of the Community of Christ Church where she enjoyed being an active member. While roller skating in Clarinda, Iowa she met her future husband John B. Novinger. John told many people how he instantly admired her poise and grace and knew then he would marry her someday. Their relationship blossomed and they were married at the Community of Christ Church in Shenandoah, IA on July 3, 1949. As newlyweds they lived in Bedford, IA returning to Shenandoah in 1951 where they remained for the rest of their lives. John and Phyllis enjoyed traveling throughout the United States after John's retirement. Phyllis was employed at Spurgeon's in Shenandoah for several years. She was a skilled gardener, and generously shared her beautiful roses and flower arrangements with family, friends and her church congregation. Everyone who knew Phyllis was aware of how much she loved her family including her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. All her grandchildren knew how much Grandma loved them because she always told them that they were perfect and that she loved them a "whole bunch". All of Phyllis' family and friends loved her specialty "Novinger Chocolate Cake" and cherry pies.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband John B. Novinger on December 6, 2011.

She leaves behind three children: Helen Louise Novinger (Robert Hoeglund) of Colorado, John W. (Bill) Novinger (Cindy) of Shenandoah, IA and Ross William Novinger (Glenda) of Idaho. She has eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Celebration of life memorial service will be held 10:30 am, Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Community of Christ Church in Shenandoah.

Memorials may be directed to the Community of Christ Church.

Private family burial of cremains will be held in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.


Barbara Cunningham on Jan 24, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you are going through this time of goodbye. She was a caring person.

Wes Meyerholtz on Jan 23, 2018

My deepest condolences to the Novinger Family on the loss of Phyllis. I worked with Phyllis at Spurgeon's and lived next door to her sister Ruth Benedict where Phyllis often visited Ruth and Russ. She will be missed.

Barbara Cox on Dec 30, 2017

Dear Novi Germany family, prayers to all of you for the passing of your mother. I have many fond memories od Phyllis from living neighbors so many years to working together at Spurgeons. I am sure you all have fond memories to hold dear.. Prayers and blessing to your entire family Barb Greer Cox

Brenda Riley on Dec 28, 2017

So very sorry for your lost what a very special lady..John and Phyllis were a very big support to our whole family during my mom's illness and passing will never forget either of these wonderful people.... Will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers..Rod and Brenda Riley

Gayle Teget on Dec 27, 2017

Dear Bill and Family--Phyllis was a wonderful mother and wife and grandmother, with so many talents she shared freely. May the happy memories help sustain you through this time of grief and loss. Our hearts are with you. John and Gayle Teget



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