Phyllis Jean (Stroup) Vermeulen was born March 29, 1932 in rural Cavour to Earl and Josephine (Leichtenberg) Stroup. She attended school and graduated from Iroquois High School in 1950. She attended St. John’s School of Nursing in Huron. She married Donald Vermeulen on September 10, 1953 at St. Scholastica’s Catholic Church in Letcher. She moved to Mitchell in 2008. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, St. Scholastica’s Catholic Church in Letcher and also Holy Spirit Catholic Church after moving to Mitchell.
Phyllis is survived by six sons: Jim and wife, Gloria, Letcher, Rod and wife, Connie, Mitchell, Joe and wife, Linda, Letcher, Jeff and wife Kim, Letcher, Randy and wife, Lisa, Mitchell and Jon and wife, Alicia, Letcher; 4 daughters: Vicky and husband, Ron Mayrose, Salem, Terri and husband, Todd Shannon, Mitchell, Connie and husband, Bill Dean, Charleston, SC, Gloria and husband, Kurt Henriksen, Mitchell; 22 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Titus, Salem and Wilma Aulner, Mitchell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald on March 27, 2002; her parents, Earl and Josephine Stroup and one son-in-law, Dwayne Gebel.