Obituary: Phyllis Joyce Ruzgis, 98, Scottville

December 14, 2023

Phyllis Ruzgis

Obituary: Phyllis Joyce Ruzgis, 98, Scottville

Phyllis Joyce Ruzgis, 98, of Scottville, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 11, 2023. She was born on June 2, 1925, in Scottville, to the late Earnest William Courtland and Marion Arletta Golumbo. Phyllis married Paul William Ruzgis shortly after graduating from Custer High School in 1943. They celebrated 78 years of marital bliss in 2021.

Phyllis was a pillar of strength and grace, navigating the challenges of life with unwavering determination. She was a child of the Great Depression. During World War II, she contributed her skills and patriotism to an airplane factory in Muskegon. Phyllis possessed a gentle spirit and a kind heart, known for her great sense of humor and quick wit. As the fifth child of nine siblings, she cherished the bonds of family and embraced the joys and trials that came with a large household. This, and Paul’s desire for a large family, resulted in the birth of nine children of their own.

Phyllis dedicated herself to the role of a devoted mother, raising her children with love, compassion, and unwavering support. Her selflessness knew no bounds, as she nurtured her children and created a loving home filled with warmth and laughter. Phyllis’ legacy lives on through her children, who carry forward her values of kindness and family unity. Sadly, six of her beloved children preceded her in death.

Mason County held a special place in Phyllis’ heart, she lovingly referred to it as her playground. She was deeply rooted in her community, actively participating in various activities that brought joy and enrichment to those around her. Phyllis found great pleasure in attending the Tallman and Scottville senior centers, where she formed lasting friendships and shared cherished moments. The Lithuanian Picnic Society allowed her to celebrate family heritage with pride and joy.

Phyllis’ life journey took her beyond the shores of her beloved Michigan. She enjoyed traveling, covering most of the United States and several countries in Europe.

In her leisure time, Phyllis found solace and joy in simple pleasures. She enjoyed engaging in games of dice and cards, finding delight in the friendly competition and shared laughter. Puzzle books brought her moments of contemplation and mental stimulation. Phyllis had a special affinity for birds, finding peace in their melodious songs and marveling at their graceful beauty.

Phyllis is survived by her sons, Jack (Patty) Ruzgis and Joseph Ruzgis; daughter, Jean Ruzgis Lynch; 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren and great-great -grandchildren combined; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Ruzgis; daughters, Joyce (Gary) Lyon, Janice (Don) Smith, Jill Ruzgis, and Julie Ruzgis; sons, Jerry Ruzgis, and Jim Ruzgis.

A funeral will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2023, at 1 p.m. at Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington is honored to assist the family during this difficult time, www.OakGroveLudington.com.

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