Phyllis Jean Sunderman, 87, of Hamler, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at Northcrest Rehab and Nursing Center, Napoleon Ohio.

She was born March 30, 1933, in Findlay, Ohio, to James and Eva Edmiston. She was a 1951 graduate of Findlay High School. On April 5, 1953, she married her high school sweetheart, Carl Brooks, in Findlay, Ohio. Together they had sons, Ken, Steve and Scott.

She loved following and watching her boys play their many sports. Family was important and holidays were always a special time. She was especially excited to spend time with her grandchildren through the years. Carl preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 2001. She later married Marvin Sunderman on July 15, 2006, in McClure, Ohio. Together, they enjoyed traveling and locally serving and dancing at the Bavarian Haus.

She enjoyed her dog Barney, planting flowers in her yard, buying gifts for others, and visiting with family and friends. She was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan. Phyllis worked at the Ohio Bank in Findlay and the National City Bank (PNC) in Napoleon until she retired. Phyllis was a life member of the McClure American Legion Auxiliary and loyal member of the McClure United Methodist Church. She recently attended St. John Lutheran Church, Deshler.

Phyllis is loved and survived by her husband, Marvin; her sons, Kenneth (Susan) Brooks of Pandora, Ohio, Steve (Terri) Brooks of Plainfield, Illinois, and Scott Brooks of Van Buren, Indiana; her eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Becky Edmiston; Marvin’s children, Eugene (Meg) Sunderman of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Lynette (Ronald “Duke”) Lawrence of Hamler, Ohio, and Diane (Steve) Zimmer of Logansport, Indiana; three step grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents Jim and Eva Edmiston; brother, James Edmiston; and husband, Carl Brooks.

A private memorial service will take place at the McClure United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Hockman Cemetery, McClure.

Memorials may be made to McClure United Methodist Church, 430 S. East St., McClure, Ohio, 43534.

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