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Phyllis Popp Downs

  • On April 8, 2021

Phyllis Popp Downs, age 78, of Imperial, PA passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 after a lengthy illness. Phyllis graduated from Union High School, Burgettstown, PA and California State College where she earned her degree in Elementary Education and later a Master of Education. She was a teacher for 37 years at Burgettstown School District, with most of her career at Hanover Elementary. Phyllis was a Catholic by faith and was a long-time member of Holy Trinity Church.

Although she never had children of her own, her love for her nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins filled her heart with purpose. She will be sadly missed by them all.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 42 years, James Downs; sisters Erma McCloskey, Joann (John) Mckee, Arlene (Steve) Allison, and Susan (Bill) Dearth; brothers Allan (Jeanette) Bittner, Raymond Bittner, and Joey Bittner; very special aunts Sylvia Bittner and Velma Jean (Karl) Snyder; special cousins Beverly Filip, Nancy (Marty) Cwynar, John “Jackie” (Linda) Meehan, and Patty Ann Synder (Matthew) Harmon. She was preceded in death by her mother, Agnes Popp Bittner, her grandparents, a great nephew, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family and friends are welcome on Monday, April 12, 2021 from 1:00-3:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care 5405 Steubenville Pike Robinson Township, PA 15136. Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 10:00am at Archangel Gabriel Parish (Holy Trinity Church). Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Family Hospice Inpatient Center, Canterbury Place 310 Fisk St. Pittsburgh, PA 15201 or Archangel Gabriel Parish 5718 Steubenville Pike McKees Rocks, PA 15136.

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Blaine Sayre
Phyllis and I were best friends for the last 50 years of her life after spending 12 years as classmates early in life. Without question, I have never known a finer human being. I am sending my condolences to all who knew and loved her and especially her wonderful husband Jim.
JoAnne Witherspoon
I am so sorry at the loss of Phyllis. My prayers and thoughts go out to Jim, her family, and all those who had the wonderful time with her. Phyllis was a sweet soul who touched the lives of everyone she knew. I met her at Cal U. in 1961 and she immediately became my friend. We had many wonderful memories even if it was only for 2 years. In the nineties, she called all the Witherspoon's in the phone book until she talked to my nephew and he told her how to call me.She was a very determined person and when she had an idea she did not give up until she found the answer. I will greatly miss her and her sweet personality.
Bill and Audrey Wessel
Bill and I send our condolences to Phyllis' family.We met in June of 1961. I will always remember the fun times we had. She was thoughtful, caring,and loved her family. Even though we were not close the last few years, I treasure our time together at Cal U.
Peggy Woods
My most sincere condolences to Jim and family. I had the pleasure of working with Phyllis when she did substitute teaching at Holy Trinity School. She was such a lovely person and I enjoyed spending time with her. She was very special.