Rhoda K. Phillips, 96, of Decker St. Kingston died peacefully on Wednesday, February 7 at Ten Broeck Commons, Lake Katrine. Rhoda was born in New York City on August 14, 1921 and adopted at 3 months by Josephine and George Neher of Woodstock. She was twice widowed, married first to William Klippel in 1941 and then to Carl Phillips in 1955.
Rhoda is survived by her four children, Carol Shoen and her husband Billy (Virginia Beach), Carl Phillips and his wife Kathy (West Hurley), George Klippel and his wife Assunta (Tarpon Springs, FL) and Marie Raymond (West Hurley). She is also survived by grandchildren Cristina Tancreti, Garrett Phillips, Nikolas Shoen, Marie Shoen and Jennifer Bendelius and great-grandchildren Abigail and Dylan Phillips, Georgia and Jackson Tancreti and Robbie Bendelius.
Rhoda was interested in music starting at a very young age playing the violin and the piano in the Kingston High School orchestra. She attended Ithaca College with a major in music until her marriage to William Klippel. Rhoda was an active member of the Woodstock Reformed Church and then when moving to Kingston in 1968 became a very active member of the Fair Street Reformed Church. She worked for many years at Ulster County Children Services.
In pursuing her musical interests, she was a member of the Mid Hudson Women's Chorus, the Kingston Community Singers, Sheila's Singers, Fair Street Reformed church choir and also the Ten Broeck Commons Choir. Rhoda was a member of the Eastern Star for over 60 years and a past Worthy Matron. She was also a member and past president of the Woodstock American Legion Auxillary.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Ave., Kingston. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Sunday, February 11 between 4 and 7PM. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, February 12 at 12PM. The Rev. Jennifer Bendelius (her granddaughter) will be presiding and she will be assisted by Rev. Kendra VanHouten and Rev. James Alley. Interment will be in the spring at Hudler Cemetery, Mt. Tremper, NY.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Ten Broeck Commons Activities Program, One Commons Drive, Lake Katrine, NY 12499 or the Fair Street Reformed Church, Fair Street, Kingston, NY. The family would like to extend their appreciation and heartfelt thanks for the care and compassion that the entire staff at Ten Broeck Commons gave to her. To leave an expression of sympathy, please visit www.KeyserFuneralService.com.
I'm so sorry to hear of "Grandma Phillips" passing. God bless her soul. My condolences to the entire family.
I have such fond memories of your mother. I use to pick her up every Monday night to go to Chorus. She was always ready standing by her window, music in her hand and off we would go. I will be sending a donation to Fair Street Reformed Church in her memory. Martha Vogt
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