Phyllis Deien

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Phyllis Deien, nee Daab, 71, of St. Libory, IL, born September 27, 1949, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, February 11, 2021, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Deien was a sales representative for Macy’s Department Store before her retirement.  She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hilmar C. and Naomi, nee Busby, Daab; and a sister, Cheryl A. Daab.

Surviving are her husband, Thomas Deien;
a daughter, Marlena Daab;
a grandson, Gavin Schilling;
a sister, Gail (James) Caminiti;
two nephews, Paul (Anna) Caminiti, and Michael Caminiti;
great-nephews, Craig, Nathan, and Caleb Caminiti;
stepchildren, Sandra Merrill, Jennifer Eversole, and Michael Deien;
six step-grandchildren;
and a close friend, Shirley Hummert.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, funeral services will be private, with Rev. Andy Wilson officiating.

Burial of cremains will be at Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton, IL.


11 Comments on Phyllis Deien

Liz (Giese) Evers said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 3:07 PM

I worked with Phyllis at Famous-Barr for several years during my late teens. She was an absolute sweetheart! Everyone adored her - including me. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope it brings family and friends some comfort to know that she was loved by so many.

  • San Jose
  • CA
John & Barb Rinderer said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2021 at 12:39 PM

Tom, so sorry for your loss. I think about you often when we were young. You and your family are in our prayers.

  • Aviston
  • Illinois
Clare Gordon said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2021 at 8:58 PM

I knew Phyllis for many years as we both worked at Famous Barr/Macys. Phyllis was such a nice lady and we had many laughs over the years. Phyllis also sold me many beautiful pieces of jewelry, some of which i still wear every day and receive many compliments upon. So very sorry to hear of her passing,. My condolences to her Family. It was a pleasure to have known her.

  • Belleville
  • illinois
Joyce Achenbach said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2021 at 5:04 PM

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Phyllis in Fine Gold at Famous Barr in the late 1980's. I used to stop by and say hello to her at Macy's after I moved on. Such a nice person. I remember her talking about her daughter often when I worked with her. Again, so sorry.

  • Maryville
  • Illinois
Eileen Hart said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2021 at 11:04 PM

So sorry for your loss. My prayers are will you all.

  • IL
Helen and Ron Musenbrock said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2021 at 4:40 PM

So sorry to hear this. Tom and Marla, our deepest sympathy.

  • St. Libory
  • IL.
Marsha diecker said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2021 at 3:17 PM

So sorry to hear We were close friends growing up in Smithton. May she Rest In Peace

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Mary Trentman said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2021 at 3:04 PM

So sorry to hear about Phyllis, my sympathy to all of you.

  • St.Libory
  • IL
John & Angie Sova said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2021 at 2:21 PM

We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We thought highly of Phyllis and enjoyed all the ROHO times we had together. We will be lifting you and family up in PRAYERS during this time of sorrow.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Donald Wicklman said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2021 at 5:26 PM

my deepest sympathy to all the family

  • Brisbane
  • Australia
Karla Lippert said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2021 at 4:45 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. She was a very loving and caring person to all. She will be greatly missed by all who know. Haven got another angle. May your memories of the time you spent with her give you peace.

  • Smithton
  • IL

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