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Phyllis Welling

Phyllis Welling, 94, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died on 23 April 2021.

The Funeral was A PRIVATE FAMILY GRAVESIDE SERVICE on Monday, 26 April 2021 at 1:30 PM .

Rabbi Joseph Krakoff officiated.

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Interment at Machpelah Cemetery.

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Phyllis (née Alvin) Welling, 94, passed away peacefully at home in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan on April 23. Born on August 1, 1926 to Anne and Jay Alvin, Phyllis grew up in Detroit. As a teenager, she met her future husband, Robert Welling, during local dance classes. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Wisconsin while Robert served in World War II. After Robert returned from his tour of duty, Phyllis joined him at the University of Michigan; they married in 1947. Their devoted partnership lasted seventy years.

Phyllis delighted in her family and in her wide social circle. An active community member, she led Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, volunteered at Sinai Hospital, and was a lifelong member of the National Council of Jewish Women, serving as Michigan chapter president from 1978 through 1980.

Phyllis was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert, her parents, Jay and Anne Alvin, and her sister Marilyn Willens. She is survived by her son and daughter, Eric Welling and Joann (Lawrence) Blankstein; grandsons Steven (Rachel) Welling, Shawn (April) Boucké, Brian Blankstein (Julia Bninski), Jeffrey (Laura) Blankstein; and great-grandchildren Chloe, Ford, and Hazel Blankstein.

Phyllis’ family members are deeply thankful for the quality of life that she enjoyed in her final years, and wish to express particular gratitude to Elnora Cano. A private graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 26 at Machpelah Cemetery. To ensure health and safety, please join by live stream rather than attending in person.

Metro Detroit’s Jewish funeral homes have agreed that families should follow the directive of Centers for Disease Control and restrict the size of gatherings to no more than 25 people inside and 50 at graveside.

For now, in-person funeral attendance will be limited to only immediate family. Otherwise, funerals may be viewed live and recorded on chapel websites.

Together, we thank the community for understanding during this unusual and challenging time.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Phyllis Welling may do so by making a contribution to:

National Council of Jewish Women - Michigan Office
Benjamin D. and Elsa F. Welling Scholarship Fund
26400 Laher Rd., Suite 306
Southfield, Michigan 48033
Use the drop-down menu labelled "Education Assistance Funds" to select the Benjamin D. and Elsa F. Welling Scholarship.
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Hospice of Michigan
43097 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
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