Phyllis Platinsky Tkacz, 74, of Hebron, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Saturday (May 21, 2022), after a very courageous seven month battle with Cholangiocarcinoma. She was born July 22, 1947, the daughter the late Louis and Filomena (Visone) Platinsky. Phyllis grew up in Hartford and attended school in Hartford and Glastonbury. Phyllis stayed at home to take care of her children. When her children were older, Phyllis worked as a hairdresser and was later was employed by Connecticut Bank and Trust. Phyllis finished her career with the State of Connecticut, Worker's Compensation Commission, Administrative Offices, as a Personnel Officer and retired in 2009.
Phyllis' life was full of family, friends and travel, visiting many locations in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe. Phyllis' adventures were often shared with the Tkacz family, who she enjoyed traveling with. Phyllis also enjoyed visiting her special friends, the Nava family, in New Mexico. Phyllis will be remembered for her compassion and love for her friends, especially Sharon Dzurich of Windsor Locks, who was her best friend and constant companion. Phyllis was especially close to her sisters who shared with her many many special memories that will always be cherished. Phyllis enjoyed trips to the casino with her husband and sister, that were cleverly disguised with the phrase "lunch and errands". It was common knowledge that if you told Phyllis a "secret", you also told her sisters. The sisters loved and supported each other endlessly throughout life. Phyllis was an inspiration to others. Phyllis gave her kindness and knowledge to many in need supporting others in their journey to better themselves. Phyllis adored her family and spent much of her free time making memories on family vacations to the beach in New Jersey, trips to Baltimore to visit her sister, and outings with her Grandchildren to the beaches, parks and other special locations in Connecticut and Plattsburgh, NY. Special family events were always celebrated with a picnic in the backyard or a special meal from Pasta Vita, her famous macaroni salad and cake with buttercream frosting. The memories made with Phyllis will be forever cherished.
Phyllis is survived by her loving husband, William C. Tkacz, as well as her daughter, Kari Glaude and son in law Jamie Glaude of Bolton and son, William J. Tkacz of Culpepper, Virginia. Phyllis is predeceased by her sister, Angela Breen and nephews Bryan Gilbert and Bruce Gilbert. Phyllis is survived by her siblings, sister Carole Gilbert of Lebanon, sister Elaine Kittredge and brother-in-law David Kittredge of Baltimore, Maryland, and brother Joseph Platinsky of Mattapoisett, MA.
Phyllis loved to spend time with her Grandchildren Parker Glaude, Jordyn Cabral and Gwendolyn Glaude, creating memories and love that will never be forgotten. Phyllis is survived by her special nephews, Patrick Kittredge and Jeremy Kittredge; great nephews Justin Wright and Bryan Wright, and her goddaughter, Alison Caines. Phyllis had numerous Grandchildren including Kyle, Nicholas, Ryan, Aidan, Amelia, Thomas, Liam, William, Ireland, Christian, and Emmett. Phyllis is survived by her niece Dayna Wright, and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family who she loved dearly.
A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10:30 AM, at Saint Columba Church, 328 CT-66, Columbia. Burial will be private.
The family would like to extend our gratitude to the entire staff of NP15 Surgical Oncology, of Yale New Haven Hospital, Smillow Cancer Center, especially Dr. Kevin Billingsley, M.D., Nicole Miller, P.A., Terri Diclementi, P.A., Dr. Andrew Putnam, M.D. Palliative Care, as well as the Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut, Hospice and Palliative Care Team, especially Erin Dunton RN, who took such impeccable and compassionate care of Phyllis.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT. 06066. To Share a memory or express a condolence to the Tkacz family, please visit: www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com