Phyllis D. Cummings

March 9, 2012  

A funeral Mass for Phyllis D. Cummings, 67, will be said 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Carrara, pastor, officiating. Visitation will not be observed.

Born Oct. 22, 1944, in St. Charles, Illinois, the daughter of the late Phillip and Mary Challman DeBruyne, she attended Mount St. Mary Academy and graduated in 1962 as valedictorian. Phyllis graduated from Northwestern University in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in English. 

Phyllis owned and operated Trinity Financial Service, Inc., a Group Health Insurance and Income Tax service in Sarasota, Fla., retiring in 1996.

She married Richard C. Cummings on Jan. 1, 2006, at Stillwater Reservoir.

Her many hobbies include, hunting, back gammon, words with friends, cooking, entertaining, fishing, knitting/sewing, gardening, and spending peaceful days reading by the fire with her husband and dogs.

Surviving are her husband, Richard; her stepchildren, Dean and Julie Cummings, Lowville; and Steven Cummings, Greig; Jennifer and Herb Condrey, Watertown; Julie Cummings and Dorian and Jon Eyles, all of Cape Vincent; her grandchildren, Brix Condrey, Quinn Cummings, Avery Cummings, Kerrigan Wiley, Brayden Wiley, Kali Eyles, Ashlyn Eyles, her honorary grandchildren, Kate Root and Hannah Root; her brothers and their spouses, P. David and Nan K DeBruyne, Bluffton, SC; D. Peter and Janet B. DeBruyne, Rockford IL; her “Almost” sister, Margaret E. Brizzolara, Batavia, IL; nephews, Daniel T. DeBruyne, Plantation, Fla., Kevin C. DeBruyne, Haymarket, Va., Timothy J. DeBruyne, Barrington, IL, Andrew P. DeBruyne, Seattle, Wa.; nieces, Katie M.D. Brunick, Oak Park, IL, Ashley D. Zupan, Bainbridge Island, Wa.; and16 great nephews and nieces.

Memorials in Phyllis’s name are requested to be made by local residents by donating blood to the Blood Bank at the Lowville VFW (April 23, June 19 and Aug. 15) and by others at their local sites. Other donations are requested to be made either to Lewis County General Hospital Foundation or to Lewis County Search and Rescue.

Please join us in celebrating the “Life of Phyllis” and share in her memories at the Lowville Elks. This will be following after the Catholic Mass.

Condolences may be made on the online guest book at

Information provided by Sundquist Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.