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Phyllis E. Tschantz
The angel of the lord came and took Phyllis E. Tschantz, 65, of Ceres, home to be with Jesus on Sept. 1, 2012 while she was surrounded by family. She is now pain free and at peace after a long struggle with cancer. She fought the fight and finished the race and now she is rejoicing with the Lord Jesus Christ.

There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Ceres Chapel of Franklin and Downs on Fifth Street.

Phyllis was born in Los Angeles County and came to the Ceres area at 10 days old and lived in the area all her life. In her 20s she gave her life and heart to the Lord and she was dedicated to bring anyone she could to the saving grace of the Lord Jesus. She was a member of Calvary Temple in Modesto and got involved with the children's bus ministry. Her route was the Prescott Estates and she would spend her Saturdays knocking on doors to get parents' permission and the kids excited about church and Jesus. She wanted all little children to have the opportunity to ask Jesus into their hearts so they may have a everlasting life with Christ. She hoped if the parents could see what good this could bring that their family might go too.

In her late 20s she became a nursing assistant and worked with the elderly at Chateau nursing home. Phyllis had a giver's heart. Phyllis was a prayer warrior who always stood in the gap for family and friends, she had a discerning heart and would go up to people and say, "I know what your going through. Can I pray with you?"

In September 1980, Phyllis was at church praying for a drug addict when another man came up front for prayer. That's when she met her husband, Ron Tschantz, whom she married three and a half months later. They were married 31 years in January. Ron said her smile just lit up the room.

Since she did not have children of her own, she was a mother to every child. She helped raise her younger sister, Amy, as well as Amy's two kids and all nieces and nephews. She devoted her life to family. She loved animals and always took in strays and made sure they had a home and were fed. Then her husband got caught with too many and had to get rid of a few, but they all got good homes.

She leaves behind her husband, Ron Tschantz; two brothers, Ron White and Eugene White; two sisters, Charlene White and Amy White; and nine nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by father Gene White.

She will be deeply missed by family and friends even though she is always in our hearts.

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-Ceres Courier/ Sept. 12, 2012