Philomene S. LainAugust 28, 1932 ~ May 1, 2017 (age 84)
Philomene (Phil) Sidonia Lain, age 84, of Littleton CO, passed away peacefully, Monday, May 1st, 2017, with family by her side.
Phil was born in Gary, IN on August 25, 1932 and faced difficulties early in her life, overcoming rheumatic fever and the loss of her father. With God's blessing, she grew strong, optimistic, and wise, demonstrating her resolve by graduating as the Valedictorian of St. Mary's High School in Phoenix, AZ in 1950.
After meeting her soulmate Lewis in 1946 and corresponding during her school days, romance blossomed and Phil would return to Indiana and marry her sweetheart with the “sky blue” eyes in Gary, IN, January 26, 1952. Early in their marriage, they traveled to California and Louisiana where Lew served in the Air Force, before returning to Indiana to eventually become longtime residents of Crown Point.
Although doctors felt that her bout with rheumatic fever would eliminate her opportunity to have children, after 25 years of marriage, Lew and Phil would be blessed with 6 boys and 1 adorable girl, each embraced and treasured as unique individuals.
Throughout the years, Phil would extend beyond homemaker, mother and wife to further support her family, taking jobs as a bookkeeper, Dairy Queen Manager and realtor. Phil and Lew's constant love and devotion resulted in successfully raising seven college-educated children before enjoying retirement in Indianapolis, IN and finally Littleton, CO.
Lew and Phil enjoyed their retirement years in Colorado watching birds, feeding squirrels and patio gardening until Lew’s death in 2007, after which, Phil lived the rest of her years with her son Chris, and daughter Joyce close by.
Phil loved and appreciated her family and friends, and kept in touch by corresponding using her special handmade greeting cards. She enjoyed photography, the mountains and seasons of Colorado, and cheering for the NASCAR team her son-in-law works for- the #78 with her favorite driver “Marty”. She was quite adept in technology, a real computer geek, she enjoyed everything from image editing to Words with Friends.
Phil truly missed her loving husband Lew and was anxious to be reunited with him. The family celebrates that she is now back with her sweetheart to spend eternity together.
Phil will be lovingly missed by sons Doug (Kathy), Dayton OH; Tim (Sergio Galiano), Chicago, IL; Chris (Debbie), Littleton CO; Greg (Sue), Slidell LA; Matt (Susan), Ray Twp., MI; Lewis (Laura), Chicago, IL; and daughter Joyce (Joey) Kerrigan, Denver, CO. She is also survived by her 9 grandchildren Evan, Jacob, Leanne, Cassandra, Tiffany, Zachary, Edison, Oliver and Eleanor Lain. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Lewis R. Lain and daughter-in-law, Debbie (Chris) Lain.
A memorial service will be held on July 1, 2017 at Round Lake Cemetery in Knox, Starke County, IN. Time will be posted here when it has been determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates memorial and or tribute contributions in Phil’s name to any organization that you hold dear.