Helen Phyllis Schalin (Stenerson)


In the early morning hours of Thursday, April 27, 2023 Phyllis Schalin age 76 our Beloved Eldest Sister of 10 Siblings, who was a Daughter, a Mother, Niece, Aunt, Friend, Mentor, Champion, Cheerleader, Confidant and Fearless Trailblazer transitioned from her earthly form into Spirit.

While we make this announcement with great sadness, we celebrate that Phyllis’ life which was one of Joy, Generosity, Love and Support for anyone who was fortunate enough to have known her during her lifetime. Even to her last days, Phyllis was a fierce advocate for anyone that needed her and she had a rare gift of lifting the spirits of all those around her.

Phyllis loved nature and animals, particularly her many cats and dogs over the years. Phyllis loved spending time with her large extended family and jumped at any chance for a get together and people loved seeing her as she made everyone feel like they were the most important person in the world. Phyllis was charismatic, brilliant, hard working, witty and so humorous, loved a good joke! She possessed a natural born curiosity that not only took her on many adventures including the exploration of life’s many mysteries.

Phyllis is predeceased by her husband Dwayne, Mother Helen, Father John, siblings Betty (husband Lothar), Lawrence and sister-in-law Audrey. She is survived by her daughter, seven siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

We want to recognize the staff members at Queen Alexandra Lodge over the past four years and recently Shepherds Care Millwoods for all their efforts in providing Phyllis care. Additionally, a very special note and thank you for our amazing sister Barbara, who worked tirelessly as a diligent advocate and compassionate caregiver for Phyllis through many challenging events including COVID to ensure that Phyllis’ quality of life was exemplary during her final years.

While Phyllis had asked that no formal service be held for her, we would appreciate a smile in remembrance and the lighting of a simple white candle.

We send light out into the universe for our beloved Phyllis as she will always shine brightly and deeply in our hearts. We Love You and Miss You Forever!

“Time does not wait, nor stop or remain” and as Phyllis would always say, “it’s a good day!”

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7 Condolences

Jeanne Bain Berg

Phyllis was a very special bright light in my life. She was a true and much loved friend. When I think of her I smile. She spread happiness. My condolences to the family and bless you for your caring love and support of her. She is safely home now.

Ken& Betty Oppertshauser

Uncle Ken and Aunt Betty
Extend our deepest condolences to the families.

Cousin Donald Dubitz

My Deepest Sympathies to the Family and Friends of Phyllis.
She was a remarkable Lady who always had a “Mile Wide Smile” and Loved Life and Family to the Fullest. She brought Peace and Joy to SO MANY people. She will never be Forgotten.
May the Good Lord Rest Her Soul.

Cousin Donald Dubitz

Anytime Phyllis and I would meet, There was always a lot of laughter, and spirited conversation. Phyllis had a special magnetism about her that
made people feel at ease in her Presence. There was always a BIG SMILE and a Twinlke in her eyes. I will never forget Her.
My Deepest Sympathies to all her Family, and may the Good Lord Rest Her Soul.

Anne Newton

There are no goodbyes for us, my dear friend. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart! So when my spirit leaves this earth, I’ll see you again! Until then I will live with the memories of the happy times we had together! Rest in peace , dear one!

Auntie Lorna, Garry Neumann and family

Our prayers are sent with a lit candle that sheds the light for her journey home. Sincere condolences go to all members of her family and may her joy reflect the memories you never forget!

Rachel Thomas

My dear niece who was older than me. We had so much fun in our younger years. You will be truly missed. Love you

Rita Stotts

We are saddened by the passing of Phyllis. We will always remember her beautiful smile and quick wit. All our love to the family.
Rita, Barry and Sharon