Phyllis J. Bartley, 84, of Kankakee and formerly of Saunemin, passed away at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday (June 12, 2019) at Amita Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee.

Phyllis was born Feb. 4, 1935, in Wyoming, Ill., a daughter of Oswald and Ina (Moak) Swearingen. She married Charles Bartley on July 9, 1955, in Kempton. He preceded her in death November 1984.

Phyllis was a 1953 graduate of Kempton High School. She was employed at USDA in Pontiac and later was a transcriber at OSF St. James Hospital in Pontiac for several years. She later was a transcriber at home. She was a member of the Saunemin American Legion Auxilliary.

She is survived by two sons, Jeffrey Bartley, of Texas, and David Bartley, of Georgia; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Edward (Mary) Swearingen, of Ottawa, and Dale (Connie) Swearingen, of Gardner; one sister, Betty (Gene) Webster, of Buckingham; longtime companion, Paul Groskruetz, of Kankakee; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Phyllis was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, June 17, at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom, where her memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18. The Rev. Dee Runyon will officiate. Inurnment will be in Sunnyslope Cemetery, Saunemin. Memorials in Phyllis’s name may be made to Kankakee Valley Hospice.

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