Phyllis Caroline Perrin, age 81, of Albany, passed away on Sept. 13, 2021, while at her home.

Phyllis was born Jan. 31, 1940, in rural Ontario/Crook Creek, Wisconsin. She was raised in the Sparta area, before moving to Mundelein, Illinois. Phyllis worked as an registered nurse, starting in 1962, and worked in the labor and delivery departments at Ravenswood Hospital and Condell Hospital in Libertyville.

After retiring in 1994, Phyllis and Richard moved to Albany and built their log home.  After retirement Phyllis kept herself very busy with various activities, including teaching kids to sew, taking kids on field trips, volunteering at the Lions club and many other projects. Many knew Phyllis as the “Jam Lady.” Phyllis and husband Richard could often be found at the local farm markets and produce shows to sell their jellies, jams and anything that could be pickled as Caroline’s Old Tyme Products.

Phyllis loved morel mushroom hunting, gardening and sewing baby blankets and pajamas. She was a good cook and was particularly good at pie making.  Phyllis loved her family and her friends, who sometimes became extended family like Faye at Turkey Ridge Apple Orchard in Gays Mills, Wisconsin.

Phyllis has a special place in her heart for nature, animals, children and good stories.  Phyllis said there were no strangers, just friends she had not met yet.

Phyllis is survived by her three children, Richard Perrin, Michael (Jasmine) Perrin and Carrie Perrin; one grandson, Thorin Perrin; three sisters, Yvonne Gerlach, Bea (Chuck) Catanzaro and Clare (Bob) Sklodowski; two brothers, Lavere Fischer and Sonny Erickson; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her mother, Violet Revels; four siblings, Donna Mehl, Arlyce Manning, Bud Ellsworth Erickson and Dennis Erickson; and her husband, Richard, on April 10, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the family in her memory.

A visitation and memorial service were held at the DL Newcomer Funeral Home in Brodhead on Sept. 20, 2021.

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