Phyllis M. (Handahl) Macke

Phyllis M. (Handahl) Macke, 80, of Clarion passed away Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

Funeral services for Phyllis Macke will be held at 10:30AM on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at First Lutheran Church, 420 First Street Northwest in Clarion, with Pastor Nicole Woodley officiating. Burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Ewing Funeral Home, 1801 Central Avenue East in Clarion, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, Phyllis’ family suggests memorial contributions may be directed to First Lutheran Church in Clarion or Gateway Hospice.

Phyllis May Macke was born May 1, 1939 to Orville and Lorene (Seiser) Handahl. She was raised and educated in Webster City, graduating from Lincoln High School in Webster City with the Class of 1957.

Phyllis was united in marriage to James H. Macke on December 27, 1959 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City. To this union were born daughter Kimberly and son Mark. The couple made their home in Webster City before moving to Clarion in 1961. Phyllis and Jim were married more than 51 years.

Phyllis worked at many different places around Clarion. She volunteered her time at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion, with Hospice for Wright County and with Meals on Wheels.

Phyllis was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church in Clarion where she taught Sunday school, was chair of the FLCW, was a member of the choir and sang solos.

Phyllis was known for her excellent baking skills, especially when it came to meringue pies, her infectious smile and laughter, and for her deep love of her children and grandson, Jake.

Phyllis leaves behind her daughter Kim (Mike) Lund and grandson Jake Lockhart, all of Clarion; her son Mark Macke of Aurora, Colorado; one step-granddaughter Sheila Trahan and husband, Todd, three great-grandchildren Justin, Taylor and Josslyn, and one great-great grandson Jacob; along with numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jim in 2011 and her sisters Eldora Hudson-Pleines and Loretta Spitler.


Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Home – Clarion
1801 Central Avenue East, Clarion, Iowa 50525
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Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 10:30 am
Where: First Lutheran Church – Clarion
420 First Street North West, Clarion, Iowa 50525
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