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OBIT: Phyllis Banwart

Phyllis Banwart, age 92 of West Bend, passed away Friday, September 9, 2022 at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 10:30 AM at the Apostolic Christian Church in West Bend. Burial will take place at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 12, 2022 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Apostolic Fellowship Center in West Bend and will resume on Tuesday morning from 9:30 AM until 10:15 AM at the Apostolic Christian Church in West Bend.

Phyllis Ann (Metzger) Banwart was born to Phillip and Bertha (Affolter) Metzger on November 6, 1929, in Hancock, Minnesota, the oldest of 10 children. At the age of one, the family moved to Sabetha, Kansas, where Phyllis attended school, graduating from Sabetha High School in 1947. Following high school, she worked at Farmers State Bank in Sabetha. On February 19, 1950, Phyllis married Alvin Banwart in Sabetha, Kansas. On September 6, 1954, Phyllis and Alvin were baptized and became members of the Apostolic Christian Church of West Bend.

The couple farmed and raised their family in the Rodman and West Bend areas. In 1987 they moved to West Bend and in 1992 they moved to the Apostolic Christian Retirement Village. While Alvin was living, they spent many winters in Zapata, Texas, and were blessed with the fellowship of many friends. In 2021 Phyllis moved to Prairie Creek Assisted Living in West Bend.

Phyllis died September 9, 2022, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center several days after being injured in a fall. She is survived by her 6 children: Karol Meyer, Sabetha, KS, Kathy (Tim) Butikofer, Elgin, IA, Kaye (Steve) Meyer, Bern, KS, Kevin (Sandy) Banwart, West Bend, IA, Kent (Beth) Banwart, West Bend, IA, and Marcy (Jim) Knobloch, Elgin, IA. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are her brother Clayton (Jean) Metzger, sisters Carol (Doug) Moser and Cheryl Metzger, brothers- and sisters-in-law Dale Knobloch, Sherrill Metzger (Charlie Byrd), Jean Metzger, Marilyn Banwart, Betty Wirtz, Phyllis Strahm, Darlene Banwart, Becky Banwart, Caroline Banwart, and Les (Kathy) Banwart.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 2010, son-in-law James Meyer, granddaughter-in-law Amanda Banwart, and great-grandson Baby Banwart, along with brothers Eldon Metzger, Ron Metzger, James Metzger, and sisters Mary Knobloch, Barb Edelman, and Dee Metzger.

Phyllis loved to visit and hosted much company over the years. Even up until her last fall, she was still making popcorn and cookies to share with her family and friends. She appreciated attending church and enjoyed it when she had visitors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Apostolic Christian HarvestCall Child Sponsorship Program, PO Box 3797, West Lafayette, IN 47996, or the Apostolic Christian Retirement Village, 308 8th St SW, West Bend, IA 50597.

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