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Phyllis Mitchell dies at 80

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Phyllis Eberhardt Mitchell, a former Porter resident, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2009. A resident of Sherman, Ill., she was 80.

She was born July 12, 1929, in Elwood, Ind., the daughter of Henry and Roxa “Lucille” Hodge, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her companion, Erinie Powder; two sons, Dennis Eberhardt and Thomas (Janet) Eberhardt, both of Springfield, Ill.; two daughters, Pam (Chuck) Frencl of Porter and Roxanne (Garry) Fisher of Lenzlung, Ill.; two brothers, Thomas (Iris) Hodge of Indiana and Terry Hodge of Georgia; seven grandchildren, Jim (Kelly) Frencl of Chesterton, Tony (Tonya) Frencl of Hebron, Melissa (Jason) Casbon of Valparaiso, Nathan (Jessica) Eberhardt of Denver, Colo., Stephanie (Ryan) Preitt of North Carolina, Mike (Carrie) Fisher of Freeburg, Ill., and Christopher Fisher of New Athens, Ill.; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie Hodge.

Phyllis, formerly a resident of Lake Station and Porter, was a member of the New Life Wesleyan Church in Chesterton and the Midwest Steel Retirement Club.

Funeral services, Pastor Allen Wright officiating, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Ave. in Portage. Burial will follow at McCool Cemetery in Portage.

Visition is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel.

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Posted 12/29/2009