In Memory of

Phyllis J. Briese

April 16, 1935 - February 10, 2019
From: Meriden, IA

Phyllis J. Briese (1935-2019)

               Phyllis J. Briese

Sioux Falls. SD- Phyllis J. Briese passed away on Sunday February 10, 2019 at South Ridge Care Center in Sioux Falls after a short illness.

Phyllis J. Briese was born on April 16, 1935 to James and Annie (Meyer) Barnick in Dawson, ND. Phyllis was the 5th of 14 siblings. Phyllis was baptized on June 4th and confirmed on June 18, 1950 at Dawson Lutheran Church. Phyllis graduated from Sibley High School in Dawson in 1953. On June 20, 1953 Phyllis was united in marriage to LaVern (Bud) Briese in Jamestown, ND. They lived and farmed in Dawson until 1954 when Bud entered the service. In April 1954 Susan was born (the first of 4 children) in Jamestown. Phyllis then lived with her sister Elsie & Jake Wittmier in Streeter, ND. In March of 1955 Lonnie was born in Sioux Falls, SD. Phyllis was then living with her sister in law Vi and Harold Woessner in Marion, SD as Bud was still in the service overseas. In July 1956 Phyllis and Bud were reunited as a family when Bud came home from the Army. They moved to Grand Rapids, MN and in November 1957 Randall was born. The family moved back to Sioux Falls in 1958 and in February 1959 Janell was born.

Later in 1959 Phyllis, Bud and family made their last move to their new home in Meriden. Phyllis took a job in housekeeping at the Cherokee Hospital. In 1965 Phyllis made her life’s career with the US Post Office. She started out as a Postal Clerk and in 1977 became the Post Master until her retirement in October 2003 after 38 years of service. Phyllis was very active for many years in the Postal  Auxiliary where she attended the Postmaster Conventions in Iowa as well as Hawaii. Phyllis was an active member of the VFW in Cherokee. Phyllis was also the local Avon Lady for 40 years until 2017. She worked very hard being the best at what she did. She won many awards and earned trips with Avon over the 40 years. She was very proud of her Mrs. Albee collection that she earned with Avon. Phyllis was very active with her church (M.E. Free Church) with working the nursery, served on the Spring Social Committee, Women’s Christmas Salad Gathering, and monthly Shepherd’s Table meal. She was very active and proud to be member of the White Cross. You could find her cutting stamps constantly at her kitchen table or while sitting in her lift chair. Her family told her of the milestone achieved by White Cross in the card that was sent to her and she had the biggest smile on her face.

Phyllis enjoyed the Hallmark and Lifetime channels. She couldn’t wait to watch the Christmas movies on Hallmark. Phyllis enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and word search puzzles. She had a green thumb and loved to work in her flower beds. She was always willing to lend a hand with family and friends.

Phyllis is survived by her daughter Susan Briese of Cleghorn, Randy (Rita) Briese of Harrisburg, SD, and Janell Purdy of Sapulpa, OK. 8 grandchildren Jason Briese of Worthington, MN, Mindy (BJ) Olson of Hartford, SD, Justin (Stacey) Briese and Lynnsey Briese of Aberdeen, SD, Sara (Jeremy) Starner of Sapulpa, OK, Drew Sasse of Sioux City, Austin Sasse of LeMars, Hunter(Jake) Smith of Sioux Falls, SD. 10 great grandchildren Curtis and Hunter Payson of Aberdeen, SD, Melissa Payson of Rapid City, SD, Kaylee and Karson Olson of Hartford, SD, Ava Rose Briese of Aberdeen, SD, Cynthia Starner of Sapulpa, OK,  Keaton Hughes of Sioux City, Hudson and Grayson Smith of Sioux Falls. Phyllis is survived by her 8 siblings Elsie Wittmier of Wishek, ND, Frank (Connie) Barnick of Steele, ND, Bill (Paulette) Barnick of Tappen, ND, Marvin  Barnick of Steele, ND, Ervin (Carol) Barnick of Commerce City, CO, Janice Dwigans of El Paso, TX, Kathy Barnick of Bismarck, ND, and Larry ( Faye Hogue) Barnick of Wilton, ND. 2 Sisters in law Doris Briese of Watkins, MN and Shirley May of Albany, OR. As well as many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents James and Annie Barnick, her in laws William and Gertrude Briese, her loving husband LaVern (Bud) Briese January 1976, loving son Lonnie Briese September 2012, son In laws Norman Purdy and Roger Ducommun and 5 siblings Jimmie Barnick, Judy Haux, Ralph Barnick, Raymond Barnick, and Helen Martin.

Tribute Video
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2019, at the Meriden Evangelical Free Church in Meriden, Iowa.
Pastor Larry Ostercamp
Public visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
" I want to stroll over heaven with you"
"I'll Fly Away"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
Meriden Cemetery
At a later date.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 10:01 AM
“Phyllis was a one in a million and I so adored her. God bless her and her family. Blessings. Her favorite Avon DM Cindy❤️”
- Cindy Brewer
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 2:05 PM
“Phyllis was a great lady. No matter if it was a stop at the post office or she was at the house with Avon there were always kind words. She was the first person I saw at my Mother's funeral. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Betty Schlinz Deksko
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 11:17 AM
“I extend my deepest sympathies to the family. May God's warm and embracing provide comfort and peace. She will be missed by many. Pastor Melba E. Smith”
- Melba E. Smith
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 11:17 AM
“So sorry to hear of Phyllis' passing. She was one special lady with that "beautiful smile". I enjoyed working with Phyllis through the League of Postmasters Auxiliary at many Postal Conventions. She was a true friend, that will be missed by all. My sympathy to her family.”
- Nancy Malmquist
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 11:17 AM
“Thought and prayers. ”
- Kathie Brown
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 2:04 PM
“We love you Phyllis. You are an awesome and kind soul. You will never be forgotten. And enjoy home now. God bless you and your family. ”
- Billy Bezoni
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 2:04 PM
“Phyllis’s family,
I am an old friend that worked with her at Hogan’s sporting Good’s with Judy eagen(law) many years ago and we would run into each other many times at the grocery stores and spend awhile catching up. I don’t think I’ve ever known any woman as energetic and full of life as her. I hated to hear of her passing as she was truly a gift from God for all of us to enjoy! I hate that I will miss the funeral but we are gone on vacation and won’t return home til after. God bless and enjoy ur memories! ”
- Peggy Hinkhouse
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 2:04 PM
“I was sorry to hear of Phyllis's passing. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.”
- Mary Morris
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 2:04 PM
“Sue, Randy, and Janell, I am sorry to hear about your mom. Phyllis was always a pleasant person certainly a fun person to be around. I will never forget all the good times the Halder's had with your mom. I can remember as a child stopping by and visiting your mom in Meriden with mom and dad. She was a wonderful Avon lady and certainly loved that job. Prayers to your family during this difficult time of losing your mom.
Cindy Halder Adams”
- Cind Adams
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 2:04 PM
“Aunt Phyllis. We are going to miss you at our family reunions. Prayers for your family. RIP, with love. Lynn”
- Lynn Rainville
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 2:04 PM
“Our sympathy is extended to the entire Briese Family!! We pray you feel God’s loving arms around you as you grieve the loss of your Mom, Grandma, Aunt, sister and friend. She will be missed!”
- Jeff and Linda Kuhn
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 2:04 PM
“Randy - I have fond memories of your Mom! Her positive attitude and beautiful smile will be the memories I hold on to. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family!”
- Paul Bollard
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 2:04 PM
“So sorry to hear about your mother
- Jeffrey Kimball
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 2:04 PM
“I'm sorry to hear of Phyllis passing. We had many interesting and informative conversations while I sorted mail at the Meriden Post Office!”
- Howard
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 2:04 PM
“Sue, Randy, Janell and families you have my sincerest sympathies. Phyllis was a great mother, grandmother and friend. She will be deeply missed. I enjoyed helping her with different things and remember she was always cleaning something. Again sincerest sympathies Margaret (Medick) Jellings”
- Margaret (Medick) Jellings
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 9:09 AM
“I was surprised to hear of Phyllis' passing on. She was a dear friend of mine! Our connection through the USPS League of Postmasters was truly a treasure of mine to get to go to many meetings and conventions with her. The last few years we served on the Auxiliary Board together, alongside with other special friends. I will miss her and her friendship. She talked often about her family and treasured all the family times! My husband and I extend our most sincere sympathies to her entire family. Mavis Loving ”
- Mavis Loving
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 9:09 AM
“Always enjoyed teasing my favorite “Phyllis Diller”. She was one of my favorites...”
- Craig Goth
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 9:09 AM
“My deepest sympathy to your family! Phyllis was my avon lady and what a great one she was! Always had a smile and took great care of her customers! She will be missed by many! Debbie Courtright ”
- Debbie Courtright
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