Phyllis Lee Chilovich, 59, of Mt. Olive, died March 21, 2014 in Carlinville.
She was born Dec. 28, 1954 in Litchfield, daughter of the late Tony Joseph Chilovich and Elda Anna Thomsen.
She attended Mt. Olive Grade School and graduated from Mt. Olive High School in 1973. Following high school, she attended SIU-Edwardsville and obtained her bachelor’s of business degree in education in 1978.
She was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she was baptized and confirmed.
She taught at Valmeyer High School and retired in 2011 after 33 years.
She was the yearbook adviser and prom coordinator, was part of the Valmeyer Pinochle Club and loved animals. An avid sports fan, she especially loved the University of Illinois and Cardinal baseball.
She played the drums in the Mt. Olive, Staunton and Gillespie city bands.
Phyllis is survived by sister Carolyn (Frank) Heigert of Carlinville; brother Dave (Margie) Chilovich of Sorento; niece Jennifer Heigert of Windsor, Calif.; nephews Jeffery (Nan) Heigert of Mackinaw, Jac and Tim Chilovich of Sorento and great-nieces Jaclyn and Julia Heigert.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. March 28 at Becker & Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive.
A funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. March 29 at the funeral home.
Interment will follow at the Mt. Olive City Cemetery in Mt. Olive.
Following the service for family and friends, lunch will take place in the Immanuel Lutheran Educational Building served by the Lydia Circle.
Memorials may be made to Adopt-A-Pet, Hospice of Southern Illinois or Mt. Olive City Cemetery.