We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Big Bear Mortuary
Phyllis June Byrne, age 87, died surrounded by family on November 17th, 2021
of natural causes. Phyllis was born on March 19th, 1934 to Roy and Eileen
Hennager in Langdon, ND. Phyllis graduated from Langdon High School in
1952, she went on to study at Aaker’s Business School, later working as a
stenographer and bookkeeper for Herberger’s. She spent most of her time
raising her children whom she loved dearly. Phyllis shared ownership of
General Tobacco and Candy, Co. in Grand Forks with her late husband Philip.
She spent time helping with the business, which was sold in 1987.
In 1954, Phyllis wed Glen Schneider, and moved permanently to Grand Forks,
ND. In 1969, Phyllis married Philip Byrne, continuing to live in Grand Forks.
Phyllis’s favorite place was to be at her lake cabin on Maple Lake, MN, where
she opened her door to family and friends. Phyllis was happiest surrounded
by the people she loved. Phyllis enjoyed attending her children and
grandchildren’s activities, playing cards, tending to her flowers, and
traveling. Phyllis was a loyal and caring friend to many and was known for
lighting up a room with her energy.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Eileen; her husbands’
Philip Byrne and Glen Schneider; her sister Myrtle Kram, and her great
grandchildren Sarah Smith and Logan Zacher; and several beloved extended
family members. Phyllis is survived by her 6 children - Mike Byrne (Patricia)
of Fargo, ND, Nancy Davis (Ron) of Running Springs, CA, Mitch Byrne (Karen)
of Grand Forks, ND, Dave Byrne (Julie) of Ralston, NE, Michele Lange (Jeff) of
Brooklyn Park, MN, and Patrick Byrne (Kelly) of Fargo, ND; her 5 brothers -
Robert (Maggie), Lyle, David (Ardyce), Keith, and Kenneth (Sandy) Hennager;
her 3 sisters - Shirley Fischer, Dolly Mostad, Betty Coyle; her sisters-in-law -
Mikell Wood (Donald) and Patricia Lyren; 15 grandchildren and 17 great
grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by many
Schneider Family in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held this coming summer in Grand Forks, ND. She
will be interred in Memorial Park Cemetery near her husband Philip Byrne.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dementia
Society of America, or to a charity of your choice.
“Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.”
Dementia Society of America
PO Box 600, Doylestown PA 18901