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Phyllis Rae Kjeldgaard

Phyllis Rae Kjeldgaard, 81, of Springville, passed away September 4, 2017 at Buffalo General Hospital.

Phyllis was born in Binghamton on March 24, 1936 to the late Henry Shade and Lucille Biggs. She married Lawrence M. Kjeldgaard in 1982.

After her high school graduation, Phyllis was awarded a full piano scholarship to Houghton College, which she passed on in order to marry and raise children. She was a rental consultant for Boulevard Towers in Amherst and was a buyer for Hislop’s in Auburn. She was a member of the Cheektowaga Community Baptist Church and after her move to Springville, was attending the First United Methodist Church. She was a member of the American Baptist Women, participated in the Methodist Bible Study and was a former president of the Cattail Creek Association in NC.

Phyllis was an extremely proud mother and grandmother and loved to have her family around her. She taught tole painting classes, was a Sunday School teacher, enjoyed knitting, loved to dance, was quite the card shark and enjoyed country and Christian music. She was the first female ski patrol in Skaneatles and although she lived here, her heart was in the NC  mountains. She was always there for anyone in need.

Phyllis is survived by her husband; children Thomas (Joanne) Brown of Clarence, Sharon (John) Danna of Hamburg, Susan (Dale) Ziegelhofer of Hamburg, Shannon Brown of Chattanooga, Tenn., Theresa Ellington of Hamburg, Tammy (Stacy) Rice of Springville, Jill (Mike) McCoy of San Jose, Calif.; stepchildren Ron (AnnMarie) Kjeldgaard of Depew, Linda (John) Zilliox of Wheatfield, Dan Kjeldgaard of Buffalo, Lawrence Kjeldgaard of Nashville, Tenn; 13 grandchildren; a brother Phillip Shade of Detroit, Mich.; two nieces and a nephew.

Friends may call Thursday, Sept. 7, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 E. Main St., Springville. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. from the First United Methodist Church, 474 E. Main St., Springville.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Yancey County Humane Society, 962 Cane River School Road, Burnsville, N.C. 28714. Online condolences may be made at


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