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Phyllis Vivian Saganski (Fisher) (Nee Holmes) February 12, 1949 - July 29, 2014

Saganski, Phyllis (Fisher)(Nee Holmes)

Phyllis Vivian Saganski passed away peacefully at hospital on Tuesday July 29, 2014. With family and close friends by her side, she took a well-deserved rest from her courageous battle with cancer. She was the loving wife and best friend of Larry, dearly loved mother to Melanie (Dan), daughter of Vivian and Arnold (predeceased), sister to Leeann (Greg) and Wray (Nancy), aunt to Jessica (Paul) and Sarah (Mark), and great-aunt to Rowan and Gregory.

Phyllis will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Her caring generous nature, compassion for the fortunate animals who found their way into her care, her laughter and creativity touched the hearts of many.

The family expresses the warmest gratitude to the exceptional and dedicated doctor and nursing teams at the Ottawa Hospital, we are sincerely grateful for the additional and precious time that allowed Phyllis to continue to grace our lives. And finally, to the compassionate team at Kemptville District Hospital, who made her last few days as peaceful and comfortable as possible, we thank you.


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In memoriam, donations can be made to Kemptville District Hospital

Family and friends are invited to pay their final respects at a casual reception to be held at ArtScene Fine Art Gallery, 11 Spencer Street, Spencerville, Ontario, K0E 1X0, on Saturday, August 9 between 2pm and 4pm.

Arrangements entrusted to the Byers Funeral Home, South Mountain (613-989-3836). Online condolences may be made at


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    Larry Stevens says

    Although it has been many years since we spoke last, Phyllis was a great lady. My deepest sympathies to Melanie, and the rest of her family.

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    Lorna Anderson-Smith and D'Arcy Smith says

    Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

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    Lorraine Roy/Brian Lannin says

    Leeann, Greg, Wray, Nancy, and Families,

    We were so very sorry to hear about Phyllis. You are in our thoughts during this very sad and difficult time.

    Lorraine and Brian

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    Cindy Peters says

    To Larry, and all of Phyllis’ family, my condolences on your loss. Phyllis was a wonderful, caring lady and left a legacy at Iroquois PS – she made a huge impact on so many children!
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time; I know Phyllis is now at peace and pain-free, in a better place.

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    The Shepherd family says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was a wonderful, kind and compassionate person and secretary at IPS.

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    Lisa Warren-Beckstead says

    Hi Melanie and family, I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of a WONDERFUL woman.She will be truly missed by many. Take care and know that you are in our thoughts. The Becksteads

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    Julia Beach says

    Sending my deepest sympathies to Phyllis’ family, she was a beautiful soul and will be deeply missed, especially by her school family at IPS.
    R.I.P Phyllis, spread your wings and fly.

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    Janet Fowler says

    Phyllis touched so many hearts and was always a support to me. She will be greatly missed by the families in Iroquois.

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    Ann Banford says

    Dear Larry and family,
    Sorry for your loss, she was a very dear close friend whom I will never forget. We had a lot of great times together and she was an amazing friend. I have been left with many great memories to carry with me.

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    Tanya Verhey says

    Phyllis was such a kind and caring person. My children have fond memories of her from IPS. So sorry for your loss.

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    Tracy Moorhouse says

    I worked with Phyl for 14 years at I.P.S. Sand will miss her friendly smile and her love for children. She was always willing to give touched the lives of many precious children. My deepest sympathies.

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    Willie Wyman & Barb says

    Our deepest sympathy to Phyllis’s family.

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    NAVCANADA says

    Larry – as you grieve, know that we are thinking of you and honoring the memory of Phyllis Vivian.
    With deepest sympathy from your friends and coleagues at NAVCANADA.

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