Phyllis Whisenand - August 15, 2012

Phyllis Whisenand, 71, of Aurora, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at the United Methodist in Giltner. Pastor Marta Wheeler will officiate. Burial will be in the Harvard Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Phyllis I. Whisenand, daughter of Otto and Maria (Kubik) Dryak, was born at Niobrara on March 26, 1941.
She grew up in Niobrara and graduated from Niobrara High School. Phyllis went onto graduate from Wayne State College. After obtaining her degree, Phyllis taught school in Giltner and Phillips.
Phyllis was united in marriage to William ‘Bill’ Whisenand on Dec. 15, 1963. They lived on their farm near Giltner. Phyllis worked as a bookkeeper for Heartland Coop for over 20 years, first in Giltner and then in the Trumbull office. She went to work at Family Practice in Grand Island as a bookkeeper, before retiring in February 2012.
Phyllis was a member at Giltner United Methodist Church. She enjoyed travelling, card club, gardening and bird watching. Phyllis also loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and infant son, Corwin David Whisenand.
Survivors include her husband, William ‘Bill’ of Aurora; son, Arden (Jenny) Whisenand of Central City; daughter; Adena (Dave) Kreutz of rural Aurora and three grandchildren, Tymothy, Dustin and Amanda Whisenand of Central City. She is also survived by a brother, Stanley (Karen) Dryak of Niobrara; two nephews, Marcus (Cheryl) Dryak and their two daughters and Brian (Stacy) Dryak and their son.

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