Phyllis Jean Guss Heise
Phyllis Jean Guss was born in Rugby, North Dakota on September 14, 1925 to Uriah C. and Viola Guss. She moved to California with her family in 1942 where she graduated from Fullerton High School and attended Fullerton College. She worked in the Long Beach Shipyards during WWII. Phyllis returned to Rugby in 1945 to marry Douglas Heise and they began raising their family in Pleasant Lake, North Dakota. In 1955 they felt the allure of California and moved to Orange County with their four children. Three more children followed and in 1968 they moved the family to Truckee, California. She worked at Truckee Tahoe Medical group until her retirement. Phyllis passed quietly from this life in Reno, Nevada on December 1, 2014. She cherished her family and loved traveling and camping whenever she could, spending many winters at Catalina Spa in Desert Hot Springs, CA after retirement. She touched many lives with her positive outlook on life. Over the years, many more than her own children called her Mom and looked to her for advice. She enriched us all with her life and her keen recollections of early childhood in a small town, of life on the farm as newlyweds and of family adventures. She is survived by her brother, Ugene C. Guss of Las Vegas, Nevada, her seven children: Kathi Ivens, Pamela Pierce, Peggy Heise, George Heise, Kerry Heise, Cindy Hudson and Bill Heise, all residing in Northern California and Reno, Nevada. She leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren with 1 great-great grandchild on the way. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents and four of her siblings: J. Robert Guss, M. Anne Heinze, Lester M. Guss and Willis E. Guss. Also preceding her in death was her beloved husband of 50 years, Douglas C. Heise, who passed on May 3, 1996. There will be no formal memorial services held at this time. Family and close friends will be gathering in the spring to celebrate her life, as was her wish. Our memories of the happy times with our mother are a blessing. She is looking down on us now with that impish smile and a twinkle in her eyes. “It’s not good-by, it’s see you later.”
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