Sprague, Phyllis Phyllis Besemer Sprague, 81, went to join her husband, David of 64 years on April 7, 2017. She died peacefully after a long illness. She was born in Ithaca, NY to the late Herman D. Besemer and Carrie Marion Besemer. She was a tirelessly devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who was extremely talented at everything she did. She was an accomplished quilter and baker, known for her pies, cakes and Christmas goodies, and someone whose green thumb was the envy of every gardener. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her seven children, Nancy Cleveland (Daniel), David, Lawrence (Dawn), Kathleen Suisman (Gary), James (Shannon), Carol (Timothy Bordoni), Lynn Bobb (William), 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Also surviving Phyllis are her sister, Lois Stout; her brother, Richard (Kathy) and her sister-in-law, Beverly. In addition to her parents, Phyllis was also predeceased by her brother, Rodney Besemer; her sister, Joyce Stout (James); her daughter-in-law, Mary Ellen Sprague (Zizzi) and her grandson, Christopher Bordoni. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated by Fr. Joseph Marcoux on Saturday, April 22nd at 2 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery with a reception immediately after at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 161 Cecil Malone Dr., Ithaca. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospicare, 172 E. King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Bangs Funeral Home is assisting the family.
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