In Memory of Phyllis Christie

Phyllis Christie
Phyllis Christie
Born: June 1, 1921
Died: April 2, 2020
Age: 98
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Phyllis Christie
June 1, 1921 - April 2, 2020
From: Battle Creek, IA

Phyllis Christie, age 98, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Due to state and federal mandated guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Private Family Graveside Service will be held in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa, with Rev. Kevin J. Freese officiating. A Public Memorial Service and Visitation may be held at a later date. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online

Phyllis Dorothy Wilcke was born on June 1, 1921, in Correctionville, Iowa. She was the fifth child of ten children born to Chris and Lydia (Will) Wilcke. Phyllis grew up in the Ida County area where she attended country school and graduated from Ida Grove High School.

On July 1, 1939, Phyllis was united in marriage to Harlan Christie in Battle Creek, Iowa. The couple welcomed a daughter Elleen Kay. The family made their home in the Ida County area and Harlan worked as a farmhand until they could purchase their own farm to commence farming. Phyllis helped out on the farm by walking beans, dressing chickens and milking cows. In later years she worked at the Hartley Memorial Hospital, Willow Dale Nursing Home and Dawn’s Heavenly Creations of Battle Creek.

Phyllis was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. She loved playing cards (especially with Bonnie, Wendell and Jean) and belonged to several bridge and euchre card clubs. Phyllis also belonged to the local women’s club and Medical Auxiliary. She truly loved her town and showed her support by serving on the committees that supported the playground, shelter house and Alumni Park.  Phyllis also enjoyed crocheting, volunteering, and traveling with the Rices.

The greatest joy in her life was spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She relished in playing cards, games and attending their activities. In her recent years, Phyllis called Willow Dale Assisted living home and enjoyed the people and the life there.

Survivors include her daughter Elleen (Irvin) Oberreuter of Danbury, IA; granddaughter Lynn (Dave) Plantz of Rolfe, IA; six grandsons: Chris (Angela) Oberreuter of Adel, IA, Mike (Carrie) Oberreuter of Danbury, IA, Steve (Sherri) Oberreuter of Battle Creek, IA, Mark (Robin) Oberreuter of Bronson, IA, James (Angie) Oberreuter of Danbury, IA and Craig (Brandy) Oberreuter of Ankeny, IA; 18 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren and two step great-great grandchildren; sisters Bonnie Spotts of Battle Creek, IA and Isabel Plagge of Fremont, NE; sister-in-law Jean Wilcke of Battle Creek, IA; many nieces, nephews (who loved her dearly) extended family and friends.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband Harlan Christie (1993); two great grandchildren Nicholas Plantz and Tiara Oberreuter; sisters Frances (Archie) Rohwedder and Marie (Alvin) Schultz; brothers Ervin (Mable) Wilcke, Harlan (Leona) Wilcke, Walter (Helen) Wilcke, Floyd (Helen) Wilcke and Wendell Wilcke; brothers-in-law Dan Spotts, Fred Plagge, Eugene Christie, Leonard (Opal) Christie, and Derwood (Marguerite) Christie; and sisters-in-law Donna (Artie) Kuehl and Betty Christie.


Private Family Graveside Service


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 12:51 PM
“I am so sorry for the passing of Mrs. Christie. I worked for the Christie's on the farm for many years. Working with them and the Husted's where very enjoyable such quality people!!! Darrell schumacher”
- Darrell Schumacher
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 10:51 AM
“Elleen, I remember your mother as a very warm and loving person. Several years ago, when I was visiting Battle Creek I stopped by and saw her. She had not changed a bit. May you treasure all the good memories you have of your mother.
Barbara Lorenzen Hanson”
- Barbara Lorenzen Hanson
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 10:50 AM
“Sorry to hear about Phyllis... Just played cards with her last month... Sharp card player. She and my Mom were friends growing up and Mom had many stories about their fun times. Mom was her maid of honor. Always cherished that memory... Sincere condolences to all the family. ”
- Mareta K Vermeys
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:26 AM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. Phyllis was such a wonderful lady who will be missed by so very many people. Thinking of her family and friends and keeping all of you in my prayers.”
- Sheila F Petersen
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:26 AM
“Heartfelt sympathy
May your memories, faith family and friends give you peace and comfort.
She was truly one of the sweetest and loving ladies God put on this earth. One of a kind!!”
- Diana Sexton
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:26 AM
“Holding you in prayer. Aunt Phyllis was a wonderful woman who lived a great life. Thanking God for her. Love to you all.”
- Bill and Judy Poland
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:25 AM
“So sorry to hear about your loss...”
- Steve and Gail Oberreuter
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 3:33 PM
“What a thoughtful, beautiful, kind lady! Our lives were blessed by her presence. Thinking of you. ”
- Roger and Joan Nielsen
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:38 AM
“So sorry to hear about your loss. We really enjoyed seeing her at school events and around town. She was such a sweet lady! ”
- Tracey & Kelly Rohlk
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:37 AM
“Deepest condolences. She was a wonderful person. Always enjoyed talking with her. ”
- Kim Bremer
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:37 AM
“Elleen, we are thinking of you and your family at this sad time. We will always remember all the fun times spent with your family. Your mother was one of a kind. She always had a smile and kind word for everyone. So glad we got to visit with your mom the last time we were in Battle Creek. She will be missed by anyone that knew her. Cherish the memories, I know we will. Hugs to all. Shannon Rice”
- Mike & Shannon Rice, Tim & Keri
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:32 AM
“To the family of Phyllis. Phyllis was such a great neighbor. Our girls adored her. She was like another grandma to them. She was a wonderful person, she will be missed by a lot of people. She is with Harlan now. May God bless her and her family. Byron and Mary Jo”
- Byron Hartwig
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:32 AM
“She was the most wonderful lady anyone could know. Our deepest condolences. In these hard times may your faith help you through. Heaven is were she is. Bless all.”
- Jim & Susan Spotts
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:32 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear of Phyliss', passing. She was such a sweet lady.
- Fern Krayenhagen
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:32 AM
“My heart is saddened by this. She was a wonderful person with a huge heart. Always enjoyed visiting with her. My prayers to her family.”
- Rich Renfro
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:32 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss”
- Jeanie and Burley Grove
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:32 AM
“She was such a sweet lady. Always willing to help out at church, women's club. We share the same name which I am proud of. Will miss her. My sympathies to the family.”
- Phyllis Groth
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