Phyllis Conway, 84, of St. James passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018

Phyllis Conway, 84, of St. James passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Luther Memorial Home in Madelia. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30a.m., Friday, June 8, at St. James Catholic Church in St. James with Father Timothy Hall as celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in St. James. Visitation will be Thursday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James, 3:30p.m., Christian Mothers Rosary, visitation from 4 to 7pm and a 6:45pm Vigil service. Visitation will continue one hour prior to Mass on Friday the church. You may send the family condolences online at Arrangements with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.

Phyllis was born to Joseph and Anne Broghammer in Dell Rapids, S.D. She attended St. Mary’s school and graduated from Colman High School in 1952. Phyllis received a degree in Elementary Education from General Beadle State College in Madison, S.D., now known as Dakota State University, and began her teaching career in Chester, South Dakota. On a blind date she met her future husband Jack in 1955. Jack and Phyllis were married on Aug. 13, 1956. Phyllis gave birth to three sons, John, Mike and Pat. Jack and Phyllis have 12 grandchildren. Phyllis loved life and enjoyed having many friends. She had a special love for St. James and was involved in numerous community activities including Cultural Tours, Meals on Wheels, Catholic Daughters, and the Street Scape Committee. Phyllis’s love for old buildings lead to her biggest community project, the restoration of the exterior of the St. James Opera House. Phyllis and Ann Sorensen took on the challenge of restoring the Opera House’s exterior to its original design. For all her local efforts Phyllis received the Services to Mankind award presented by the Sertoma Club. Recently Phyllis and Jack were the Grand Marshals of Railroad Days parade.

Phyllis was preceded in death by Joe and Anna Broghammer, parents, Carmel Kleve, sister, Charles Broghammer, brother, James Broghammer, brother.