THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: November 15, 2017
Phyllis "Tween" (Goldberg) Turner, 92, a longtime Kelly Lake resident, passed away Thursday evening, Nov. 9, 2017 at home, surrounded by family.
Born Sept. 8, 1925 in Chicago, the youngest of three daughters, to Samuel and Dorothy (Smith) Goldberg, she graduated from South Shore High School in 1943. On Dec. 27, 1944, she married the love of her life, Melville "Mel" L. Turner in Chicago and they lived in the South Shore neighborhood, where they raised two children. They spent many summers with family and lifelong friends at Kelly Lake.
During World War II, she worked at Wisconsin Steel in Chicago, while raising a family. She enjoyed volunteer and church activities and after her children graduated, she worked for the Leo Burnett Advertising Agency and the Boy Scouts of America. For many years she served as Personnel Director at Kirkland and Ellis LLP, a Chicago-based, international law firm, before retiring in 1987 and becoming a full-time resident of Kelly Lake.
An active member of the Hickory United Methodist Church, she volunteered every week for over 30 years at Community Memorial Hospital, now St. Clare Memorial Hospital, in Oconto Falls, where she served as a member of their Healthcare Foundation since 2004. She will be remembered for her positive and spirited attitude, great sense of humor and commitment to her friends.
She is survived by two children, Don (Carol) Turner, Chicago and Diane Wells (Bob Kaminski), Elmhurst; a granddaughter; nieces; nephews and her dedicated caregivers and friends that made it possible for her to live at home.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mel in 2005; a granddaughter, Kristine and two sisters, Dorine Gabel and Shirley Taylor.
Visitation was held at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 2 p.m. until time of the funeral services at 5:30 p.m., followed by cremation. Memorials can be made to Oconto County Humane Society, 150 S. Katch Dr. Oconto, WI 5415 or Hickory United Methodist Church, 9872 Cty. Rd. M, Suring, WI 54174.