Phyllis Elaine Zillmer, 91 of Hopkins, MN and formerly of Tomah passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at the Chapel View Senior Living Community, Hopkins, MN.

Phyllis was born at home in the town of Wilton on July 20th, 1931 to Raymond and Lula Noth. She attended Hillcrest school, St. Paul’s Lutheran school and Tomah High School. She was united in marriage to Wayne Zillmer on October 30, 1948 and had 4 children. They lived in Ridgeville and ran a dairy farm for 42 years, while also running a country store for 16 years. Phyllis was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and served many offices for ladies aid, circles and Utopian Homemakers. After Wayne died, she traveled with her special friend, Doris Johnson, throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She also worked a part time job at shoe stores in Tomah after retiring from farming.

She is survived by her children, Wanda (Kevin) O’Leary, Linus (Susie) Zillmer and Eric (Bridget) Zillmer; grandchildren Ryan (Erin) O’Leary, Shannon (Rob) Larkin, Angela (Mike) Woody, Mark Zillmer, Anthony Zillmer, Amber Zillmer and Tyler Zillmer; great grandchildren Nolan and Hudson O’Leary, Mitchell and Brett Larkin, Madison and Claire Woody, Madeline and Graham Zillmer. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Letha Noth, Elizabeth Zillmer & Joan Rosenow and brother-in-law Robert Nazgovitz.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband (Wayne), her first son (Larry), her brother (Orlo Noth) and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 19, 11:00 AM at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, 21693 County Hwy A, Tomah. Pastor Robert Gerke will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited for a time of visitation on Monday at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences can be offered by visiting

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