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Phyllis R. Oberdorf

Phyllis Rachel (Reeder) Oberdorf, age 98, formerly of Dahl Road, Bloomsburg,  passed away on January 25, 2021 at the Bonham Care & Rehabilitation Center, Stillwater where she received wonderful care.

Born on March 18, 1922 in Lower Augusta Township, Northumberland County, a daughter of the late John B. and Edna (Smith) Reeder. She graduated from Sunbury High School in 1940.

Phyllis was employed for 18 years at Merck Chemical Co., Riverside and last at Campbell Soup Co., in Lime Ridge, retiring in 1984.

She was a self- taught organist at Klinesgrove United Methodist Church for many years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bloomsburg, since 1979.

Her sewing skills ranged from attaching patches to baseball uniforms and Karate outfits to emergency surgery on stuffed animals for her grandchildren. She had a special talent for baking an amazing variety of holiday cookies.

Phyllis was known for her tireless work ethic. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clement C. Oberdorf, on September 3, 1998 and by her daughter Susan Oberdorf, on December 10, 2019.

Surviving are two daughters: Janice I. Runyan, Jensen Beach, Fla. and Ruth A. Lunger of Bloomsburg; a son-in-law, Joseph Perotti, Shelby N. C., five grandchildren: Suzette Hendricks, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Edward Hendricks and his wife Sherry, Vero Beach, Fla., Julia Perotti, Shelby, N.C., Jennifer, wife of Keith Shulford, Shelby, N.C. and Mason Lunger and his wife Michele, Bloomsburg; seven great-grandchildren:  Carrie, wife of Michael Boling, Andover, Kansas, Kyle Hendricks and his wife Alexa, Vero Beach, Fla., Cameron Hendricks, serving with the U. S. Army, Reaghan Bramblett, Shelby, N. C., Kaitlyn Bramblett, Shelby, N.C., Jackson Lunger, Bloomsburg and Clayton Lunger, Bloomsburg; two step great-grandchildren: Collin Benintende and his wife Sammy and Logan Benintende, all of Bloomsburg; six great-great-grandchildren: Liam Hendricks, Emma Hendricks, Aiden Alfonso, Andrew Alfonso, Elizabeth Boling, of Andover, KS, and Grace Boling, of Andover, KS; a step great-great-grandson, Bentley Benintende.

Her family will be having a private gathering at a future time.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg.



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During the time I was blessed to share with Phyllis, we shared our love of trees. She even had me take a picture of my European beech tree and bring her a leaf so that we could have a special bond together. Phyllis recognized the importance of a clean body and mind. She shared that passion and was a strong proud woman because of it. Thank you for letting me be a small part of Phyllis life.

Cindy Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM

Janice,Ruth and families, I want to send my condolences to you on your mother's death. I have memories (from a very long time ago) of visiting and playing with you and Susan at the farm. Your mom was a special lady and you were blessed to have her as long as you did. Sincere Sympathy, Lynn (Smith) Deivert

Lynn Deivert Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

Ms.Phylis was a kind, classy lady who wanted to befriend all. She was interested in staying healthy, reading her bible, and good conversation.

Sherry Jan 29 2021 12:00 AM