Phyllis Bixler, 84, of Rochester and formerly of Waterford, passed away on May 27, 2023, at Holton Manor in Elkhorn.

Phyllis was born on Nov. 16, 1938, to Dr. Thomas and Helen Dorrance. She married the love of her life, Paul Bixler, on Aug. 20, 1960, in Indiana. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in education. Phyllis moved to Waterford in 1962. She was also a resident of Indiana, Ohio, Montana, and Yellowstone.

Phyllis was a grade school teacher in Livingston, Montana, and for the Waterford Graded School District. She was a Cub Scout leader, and a volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital, the Waterford Library and the Methodist Church. She was a member of the Methodist Church since 1962.

Phyllis is survived by her husband Paul; children, Jeffery (Gail), Mike (Pennie), and Chris (Stephanie); and her grandchildren Jacob, Anna, Rachel, Bridgette, and Rosa Grace.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents, sister Susan Dykstra, and grandson Aaron Bixler.

A Celebration of Phyllis’s life will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at Community Church, 455 S Jefferson St., Waterford, with visitation from 3 until 4:20 p.m., followed by a 4:30 p.m. service. A meal will be served afterwards in the fellowship hall.

Memorial donations in Phyllis’s honor are suggested to the Waterford Public Library or Community Church in Waterford.

Services have been entrusted to Integrity Funeral Services. Well-wishers may visit

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