Phyllis Buehler


October 1, 1930 - December 19, 2017


Phyllis Buehler, 87, of Sioux Falls formerly of Forestburg died, Monday, December 19, 2017 at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, December 23, at Dow Rummel Village Halladay-Peterson Chapel in Sioux Falls.  Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Huron.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Phyllis Lucille Senska Buehler was born October 1, 1930 to Loyd and Lucille (Kundert) Ellingson in Forestburg, SD. She attended elementary school and graduated from Forestburg High School in 1948. She attended Augustana College for a year and a half.

On March 26, 1950, Phyllis was united in marriage to Boyd Senska at her parent’s farm near Forestburg, and to this union four children were born. The couple farmed North of Forestburg near the James River. Boyd passed away on October 30, 1971.

On December 18, 1987, Phyllis married Russ Buehler in Sioux Falls. They made their home there and wintered in Tucson, AZ.

During her lifetime, Phyllis was a teacher’s aide at Forestburg School and worked at dress shops in Mitchell and Sioux Falls. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, baking, sewing, and traveling.

She is survived by her husband, Russ Buehler, Sioux Falls; her children, Wanda (Dale) Swenson, Woonsocket, Gwen Senska, Cullen Senska, and Neil (Jeri) Senska, all of Forestburg; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Glenda (Senska) Thompson, Phyllis Senska, and Dianna Senskal; three step-sons, Jack (Gog) Buehler, Barry Buehler, Robert (Carol) Buehler; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; her brother, Robert Ellingson; brothers-in-law, Avery Thompson, Eldon, Millard, Dean, and Edwin Senska; and sisters-in-law, Katherine and Selma Senska.

Memorials may be directed to Dow Rummel Village’s Financial Assistance Endowment.


Friday, December 22, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD


Saturday, December 23, 2017
10:30 AM
Dow Rummel Village
Halladay-Peterson Chapel
1321 Dow Rummel St
Sioux Falls, SD 57104


Restlawn Cemetery
Huron, South Dakota

Posted by Aseracare on December 24, 2017
It has been our honor and privilege in caring for Phyllis. Thank you for allowing us to care and love on her. We hope you are finding peace and rest during this new transition. Please do not hesitate to call us if you need anything! AseraCare Hospice Team
Posted by Bob & Carole Buehler on December 23, 2017
May Phyllis rest in peace. May Dean Russell Buehler live on strong and long. Having been married for 70 years of his does go on Dad!! Stay warm and keep the faith. Love, Bob & Carole
Posted by Charles and Myrna Knigge on December 22, 2017
We are sending our sympathy and prayers for the family.May she rest in peace.
Posted by Cary Ellingson on December 21, 2017
Wanda, Gwen, Cullen and Neil, so sorry to hear of Phyllis's passing. She was always a great neighbor and friend. Spent a lot of time over there with Cullen and Neil. She was always very kind and welcoming. Our prayers are with all of you and your families. May she rest in peace.
Posted by Paula Lynch on December 21, 2017
I will always remember Phillis with fond memories of working at the Forestburg School. She was always kind and had the time to help others. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Carol Schade on December 21, 2017
Memories of special times will make the loss of Aunt Phyllis easier. Thinking of you. Love you all!
Posted by Lori Dorris on December 21, 2017
Cullen, Neil, Gwen and Wanda -- I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I will pray for peace for you this holiday season.
Posted by LaWayne (Goudy) Petesch on December 21, 2017
So sorry of the loss of your dear Mom, my thought & prayers go out to all of you & to you Russ, Phyllis was one of my dear friends from school in Forestburg.
Posted by Susan Senska Johannsen on December 21, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to you all on the loss of Aunt Phyllis.
Posted by Sherry and Chris Christensen on December 21, 2017
So sorry to hear of Phyllis' passing. Linda shared the news when we talked this morning.Our thoughts are with you.
Posted by Jeralee Moschell on December 21, 2017
Gwen, Wanda, Cullen and Neil, I am so sorry to hear of your mother passing. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Keith Senska on December 21, 2017
Sorry here hear of Aunt Phyllis's passing. May she rest in peace.
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