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Phyllis “Phyl” Jean Kuka

October 4, 1938 – June 23, 2022


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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Phyllis Kuka. Known to her friends as Phyl, and to her family as GG, she died peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones after battling a long and  incurable illness. She is now at peace with her husband John and will be missed dearly by all.

Phyllis was born in Milwaukee, WI and had a long career in nursing, where she was a dedicated and compassionate nurse. She later moved to Cecil, WI with her husband and children, and continued her nursing career while owning and operating the Washington Inn and later on, the Leisure Manor Motel.

For the past 25 plus years, Phyl has called Mesa, AZ her home. She enjoyed playing bingo, watching the D-Backs, reading, and crocheting blankets for her family and loved ones. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, spending time with her friends and family and playing cards and board games.

Phyl was an inspiration to everyone she met, and her smile and laughter were contagious. She had a heart of gold and a strong will that shall forever remain in the minds of those she knew. She will forever be missed and never forgotten by those around her.

Phyl was proceeded in death by her husband; John Kuka, her parents; John and Blanche Bonnett, sister; Teri Jensen, nephew; Ron Domino, and sister-in-law; Jeanne Bonnett.

Survivors include: her brothers; William “Bill” Bonnett, Jerry (Darcy) Bonnett, her children; Paula Haessley, Kathleen “Kathy” (Mike) Cathey, Russell “Rusty” (Karen) Geiger, her grandchildren; Richard Hottenstine, Alice (Dave) Majeski, Jessica “Jess” (Ian) Kuntz, Robert “Bobby” (Jaclyn) Cathey, her nieces and nephews; Michelle (Rick) Carter, Kim Gropp, Kelly Gropp, Tom (Mary) Gropp, Billy (Carey) Bonnett, Jerry Bonnett, her great grandchildren: Conner and Anna Majeski, Parker and Collin Kuntz, Bentley, Jesse, and Isaac Cathey, and many great nieces and nephews.

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  1. Johanna says:

    Kathy, Please accept our Deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother. Prayers for you and your family. Love, Johanna & Shark

  2. Sherry Andrus says:

    I loved GG. She was one of the kindest and her door was always open. I admire her family and the love they have for one another. GG never placed judgement on others. I’ve been away from Arizona for a few years now. But I never forgot GG or her beautiful family.She will be dearly missed by many

  3. George & Linda Logan says:

    Rusty&Karen, Paula, Kathy&Mike, and family we are so sorry for your great loss. John and Phyllis and all of you treated George and I like family for many years. We had a lot of good memorable times both in Wisconsin and Arizona. I’m sure Phyl is up there filling John in on everyone and how they are doing. God Bless & Love to you all.

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Phyllis “Phyl” Jean Kuka

October 4, 1938 – June 23, 2022


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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Phyllis Kuka. Known to her friends as Phyl, and to her family as GG, she died peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones after battling a long and  incurable illness. She is now at peace with her husband John and will be missed dearly by all.

Phyllis was born in Milwaukee, WI and had a long career in nursing, where she was a dedicated and compassionate nurse. She later moved to Cecil, WI with her husband and children, and continued her nursing career while owning and operating the Washington Inn and later on, the Leisure Manor Motel.

For the past 25 plus years, Phyl has called Mesa, AZ her home. She enjoyed playing bingo, watching the D-Backs, reading, and crocheting blankets for her family and loved ones. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, spending time with her friends and family and playing cards and board games.

Phyl was an inspiration to everyone she met, and her smile and laughter were contagious. She had a heart of gold and a strong will that shall forever remain in the minds of those she knew. She will forever be missed and never forgotten by those around her.

Phyl was proceeded in death by her husband; John Kuka, her parents; John and Blanche Bonnett, sister; Teri Jensen, nephew; Ron Domino, and sister-in-law; Jeanne Bonnett.

Survivors include: her brothers; William “Bill” Bonnett, Jerry (Darcy) Bonnett, her children; Paula Haessley, Kathleen “Kathy” (Mike) Cathey, Russell “Rusty” (Karen) Geiger, her grandchildren; Richard Hottenstine, Alice (Dave) Majeski, Jessica “Jess” (Ian) Kuntz, Robert “Bobby” (Jaclyn) Cathey, her nieces and nephews; Michelle (Rick) Carter, Kim Gropp, Kelly Gropp, Tom (Mary) Gropp, Billy (Carey) Bonnett, Jerry Bonnett, her great grandchildren: Conner and Anna Majeski, Parker and Collin Kuntz, Bentley, Jesse, and Isaac Cathey, and many great nieces and nephews.

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3 responses to “Phyllis “Phyl” Jean Kuka”

  1. Johanna says:

    Kathy, Please accept our Deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother. Prayers for you and your family. Love, Johanna & Shark

  2. Sherry Andrus says:

    I loved GG. She was one of the kindest and her door was always open. I admire her family and the love they have for one another. GG never placed judgement on others. I’ve been away from Arizona for a few years now. But I never forgot GG or her beautiful family.She will be dearly missed by many

  3. George & Linda Logan says:

    Rusty&Karen, Paula, Kathy&Mike, and family we are so sorry for your great loss. John and Phyllis and all of you treated George and I like family for many years. We had a lot of good memorable times both in Wisconsin and Arizona. I’m sure Phyl is up there filling John in on everyone and how they are doing. God Bless & Love to you all.

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