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Phyllis J. Markovic

May 11, 1950 - April 12, 2020

Phyllis J. Markovic Phyllis J. Markovic
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    Prairie Cemetery, St. Charles

Phyllis Markovic, 69, died Sunday, April 12, 2020.  She was greatly loved and will be forever missed by her husband, children, grandchildren, sister, their families and a host of friends gathered throughout her lifetime.

The daughter of Howard and Ruth McElroy, Phyllis was born on May 11, 1950 at Chicago Lying-In Hospital.  On June 16, 1973, she married John Barry Markovic at St Odilo’s Church in Berwyn, IL.

Phyllis is survived by son Brad (Brandi), daughter Megan, and son Sean (Casey); grandchildren Jackson, Nicolas, Beverly and Connell (expected to make his 1st appearance in early June); 12 nieces and nephews; 16 great-nieces and great-nephews; and her sister Mary Lou (Ralph).

Due to the Covid-19 group gathering restrictions, the Funeral Mass and Interment will be held privately on Thursday, April 16th.  Phyllis will be laid to rest in Prairie Cemetery in St Charles.

Phyllis graduated from St Odilo (Grade school), Immaculate Heart of Mary (High School), St Louis University (Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy) and the University of Indianapolis (Master of Health Science).  She spent 43 years as a Physical Therapist and worked with the Special Education Programs in various School Districts in the Fox Valley area and beyond from 1985-2015.

Making friends came naturally to Phyllis.  More importantly, she always remembered and cherished each of them.  Her family members and her husband’s family members were not just family, they were friends.  Many of her classmates and co-workers became life-long friends and were considered family.

Whenever the current Covid-19 situation allows, there will be a memorial and celebration of Phyllis’s life.  In the meantime, have a toast to her and remember the good times we were fortunate to have with her.  And remember her storytelling.  Even if you were the butt of the story, you still took joy in hearing how Phyllis told it.

In lieu of flowers, feel free to make donations in Phyllis’s memory to local food banks to help with the Covid-19 related food shortage.  She did have a soft spot for the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva as they helped those in the Special Education Programs where she worked.  Not surprisingly, Phyllis also had a soft spot for the Special Olympics Program.

To leave condolences or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral home’s obituary page at  For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home of St Charles, 630-584-0060.


Raedene Hicks-Dernbach from Burlington, IL

"Phyllis was my son RJ’s OT for many years. We loved her so much. She was a blessing to our family. She will be so missed. Our thoughts and prayers to her family."

Betsy and Tom Cichon from Granger, IN

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of this kind and loving person. Phyllis was a credit to humanity and her loss is tragic. Our sympathy alone cannot express our sense of remorse for Barry, Brad, Meghan, Sean and their spouses and children.The death of a sister is devastating, so our empathy is extended also to our sister-in-law Mary and our brother Ralph and their family.We are privileged to have had Phyllis as a part of our lives. May she rest in peace.Betsy and Tom Cichon"

Mary Cichon from Minneapolis, MN

"Phyllis had a way of lighting up a room when she entered, and was warmly welcoming towards anyone she met. She had a tremendously big heart and will sorely be missed by so many. I so wish I could be there to offer my condolences in person to all of those who loved her, and were loved by Phyllis. Peace be to all..."

Tom and Lynn Hayes from Lisle, IL

"Dear Barry,Lynn and I want to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your children. This was such sad news to hear. The world won’t be as funny a place without Phyllis’ sense of humor. Whenever we went to an event I was always happy when you and Phyllis were also there, as I knew there would be interesting, funny conversations. She will be missed. I know there must be many others who felt the same way about her as a friend. We are so sorry for your loss."

David Ross from Chicago, IL

"Dear Barry, I only knew Phyllis through knowing you, and yet I know her light will continue shine through you. I'm so sad for your loss and that of your children and grandchildren. May the Lord of Peace comfort your hearts."

Trish Frisby from McHenry, IL

"I'm so saddened to learn of such a happy soul leaving us too soon. I think back with wonderful memories. My deepest sympathy and love goes out to all the family."

Karen Tedesco from Scottsdale, AZ

"Always a great story to tell and a twinkle in her eye. Phyllis was one of a kind and will be sorely missed by family and friends."

Bob & Anita Sittner from Antioch, IL

"Our hearts are saddened by Phyllis's passing. My family and those who have been blessed to have had Phyllis in their lives have suffered a most precious loss. Phyllis has now reached her final move into heaven. We love and miss you Phyllis. Rest in peace."

Kevin and Judy Soule from Muskego, WI

"Our deepest condolences to the Markovic family. We all grew to love Phyllis when she was the OT for our son, Drew, in the St. Charles' school system. She was an exceptionally caring individual who improved the lives of many children and their families. She was an advocate for her clients, always willing to do what was necessary to secure appropriate services, including power chairs. Heaven has gained an archangel. Our prayers are with each of you!"

Jeff, Kim & Carissa Kunkel from Vernon Hills, IL

"Dear Barry and Family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences. Phyllis was a very sweet, thoughtful, loving and caring person. Barry, we always enjoyed seeing you and Phyllis and our visits together. She will be greatly missed not only by us, but so many other people. We will keep Phyllis in our thoughts and prayers. We hope and pray that your family will find comfort in knowing that Phyllis is at peace and watching over her family."

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