Salt Lake Tribune, 01/05/14
Phyllis Watson Jepsen Steneck, 94, of Holladay, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2014. She was born as a "special Christmas gift" on December 25, 1919 in Mink Creek, Idaho to Hyrum Wilford Jepsen and Agnes Watson.
Phyllis celebrated Christmas Day 2013 surrounded by all four of her children together-along with grandchildren-serenading her with "Happy Birthday" to honor the many good years she spent in health. One week later, on January 1, 2014, she was called home to ring in the New Year with her sweetheart and loved ones waiting in heaven.
Phyllis was the oldest daughter in a family of ten children and her fondest memories were with her beloved brothers and sisters on the family farm. Phyllis graduated as valedictorian from Preston High School and soon after moved to Salt Lake City where she attended LDS Business College and earned an Associate's Degree.
Phyllis met her husband, Attilio Steneck, while he was stationed at Fort Douglas and they were sealed for eternity in the Logan Temple on July 1, 1946. They made their home in the Holladay area where they welcomed and raised four children. She and Attilio enjoyed spending time together gardening and tending to the many fruit trees on their property.
Phyllis had the gift of gab and her favorite pastime was simply to carry on a good conversation with anyone she met. She loved to retell stories from life on the farm in Mink Creek.
To her family, she was the world's best pie maker and her dill pickles were out of this world. Her grandchildren loved to go to Grandma Phyllis's home for her homemade grape juice and applesauce. She supported her family in every activity they participated in. She attended every reunion, play, concert, and school program.
She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held many callings in her lifetime and selflessly served wherever she was called. Phyllis was an active member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers organization and frequently attended their events. She was fond of music and loved listening to the Music and the Spoken Word program each Sunday morning. In her later years, she even joined the band at the local Senior Center playing her chosen instrument- the kazoo.
Phyllis is survived by her children; Betty (Les) Petersen and Faye (Ed) Tilt of Sandy, Joan Steneck of Holladay, and Michael (Jennifer) Steneck of West Jordan as well as her brother Bud Jepsen of Preston, Idaho. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Attilio, her parents, four brothers (Herman, Vern, Donald, and James and all four sisters (Madoline, Vera, Ruth, and Arlene).
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Garden Heights South Ward, 2220 East Fisher Lane (2935 South), where a viewing will be held from 9:30 am to 10:30 am prior to services. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
Messages to the family may be posted at: www.HolbrookMortuary.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Jan. 5, 2014