FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Phyllis Mizell Schupak, a native of Pine Bluff, died April 2 in Franklin, Tenn., after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 80.
Phyllis was the daughter of the late Israel Mizell and Anna Gold Mizell. She was a 1950 graduate of Pine Bluff High School, and attended Queens College in New York City.
Phyllis was a devoted wife and mother, and a firm believer in philanthropy and community service. She gave generously of her time to the Jewish community of Pottsville, Pa., where she lived most of her married life. She was active in both the Sisterhood of Oheb Zedeck Synagogue and the Pottsville Chapter of Hadassah. She served as an officer and on the boards of both organizations. She also held a regional officer position in the eastern Pennsylvania region of Hadassah.
Phyllis’s lifelong avocation and career was in the food industry. Her father originally owned a shoe repair business in downtown Pine Bluff, but her parents also owned the former Coffee Cup restaurant at Fifth and Main Streets. She later had a career as a food purchaser for La Guardia Hospital in Queens, New York. In Pottsville, she catered special events at the Oheb Zedeck synagogue and on a private basis for individuals in the community. She was retired from the Pottsville Area School District, where she worked in the kitchen of John S. Clarke Elementary School.
Phyllis is survived by her husband, Eugene, of Philadelphia; daughters Susan Wenner of Franklin, Tenn., and Hedda Schupak of King of Prussia, Pa.; sons-in-law Robb Wenner of Franklin and James Baum of King of Prussia; grandson Matthew Wenner of Franklin; brother and sister-in-law Henry Gerald “Jerry” and Victoria Mizell, of Brookfield, Conn.; nieces Meredith Mizell Schiller and Melissa Mizell, nephew Michael Mizell, and several grandnieces and nephews.
Services will be held Thursday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home in Pottsville, Pa. Interment will be in the Oheb Zedeck cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Phyllis’s memory be made to a charity of the giver’s choice.