Phyllis F. Cordova

| 29 Sep 2015 | 04:34

    Phyllis F. Cordova, a longtime resident of Milford, Pa., died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, after a brief illness. She was 89.

    Daughter of the late Dennis and Mary Garabaldi Maglio, she was born Aug. 24, 1926, in Orange, N.J.

    She was a graduate of Orange High School and worked in the Orange Health Department as a dental assistant before moving to Pennsylvania in 1962.

    She was married to the late Patrick Cordova, who predeceased her in 1986.

    Phyllis, a long time resident of Milford was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her most favorite time was spent with her family, particularly with her grandchildren.

    She was well-known for her community service. She volunteered for more than 50 years at Bon Secours as advisory board member, president of the Women’s Auxiliary, secretary of the foundation, and a volunteer patient representative. Outside the hospital she was an active member of the Keystone Community Club, Red Cross, Port Jervis Country Club, and St. Joseph’s Altar and Rosary Society.

    She was an avid golfer and loved to dance. She was a renowned tap dancer. As a teenager she danced in “Lincoln Hall” in Orange, N.J., to the venues of Atlantic City.

    Charismatic, humble, gentle and sweet, everyone she met was touched by her genuine sincerity, warmth, and care.

    Survivors include two children, Patrick Cordova and wife, Carol, of Matamoras, and Pamela Jo Grandinali and husband, Steven, of Warwick, N.Y.; and grandchildren, Dennis Cordova and fiance, Caitlin Gutman, Vincent Cordova, and Patrizio Grandinali.

    She was pre-deceased by her granddaughter Nicole Cordova in 1985.

    Visitation was held Sept. 24 at the Knight Auchmoody Funeral Home in Port Jervis. Vigil wake prayers were offered at the funeral home. The Rev. Gregory Kelly officiated. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Josephs’s Roman Catholic Church in Matamoras, with the Rev. Gregory Kelly as celebrant.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bon Secours Hospital, 160 E. Main St., Port Jervis NY 12771; St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Matamoras; or a charity of donor’s choice.