Phyllis Pearsons passed away at the Radius Healthcare Center in Danvers on Sunday morning, September 28, 2008. She was 97 years old.
Phyllis was born in Somerville, the daughter of German immigrants, the late Frederick and Amelia Rohwedder. Phyllis’s family moved from Somerville to Burlington when she was 16 years old. It was a great culture shock to move from a small city to a rural farming community, that didn’t even have their own High School. Phyllis graduated from Lexington High School. Phyllis married her husband, Calvin, a Burlington native, in April of 1935. They settled in Woburn in 1940 where they made their home and raised their 2 children. In 1982 they retired to Sarasota, Florida. Thirteen years ago, they came back to Concord, NH to be closer to their family and in recent years had moved to Beverly.
Phyllis had a number of interests, but most of her life was focused around her faith and family. She enjoyed painting and arts and crafts. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family. She was a member of the Woburn Garden Club. She volunteered her time at the Choate Hospital. She and her late husband, Calvin, were very active at the First Congregational Church in Woburn. Calvin was the treasurer and Phyllis was a faithful parishioner and member of the Church’s Women’s Club. She took pride in her role as a homemaker, by providing loving and warm home for her family. She will be remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend.
Phyllis was the beloved wife 69 years of the late Calvin E. Pearsons. She was the loving mother of Beverly Hurley of Beverly, Edward Pearsons & his fiancée Cindy O’Neill of Woburn. She was the sister of Frederick “Bud” Rohwedder, Jr. of Biddeford, ME, and the late Miriam Shepard, Dorothea Westcott, Arthur, Ferdinand, and Eugene Rohwedder. She was the grandmother of David Hurley of Waltham, Marilyn Deschenes of Beverly, Amy Nelson of Wakefield, and the late Kevin Hurley and great grandmother of Leslie Hurley, Christina Burridge, Erin Deschenes, Ricky Nelson, Tyler Calvin Nelson, and the late Kali Ruth Hurley.
Funeral Services will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington (Exit 34 off Rt. 128, Woburn side) on Thursday, Oct. 2nd at 11 a.m. Visiting hours Wednesday 5-8 p.m. Interment in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials in Phyllis’s name may be made to Hospice of North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.