Phyllis E. Sage

May 8, 1937 ~ October 29, 2020 (age 83)


Phyllis Elaine Sage, currently of Roswell, Georgia, formerly of Lombard and Elgin, IL, died on October 29, 2020 with family surrounding her. She bravely battled congestive heart failure and respiratory disease.

She is survived by her sisters, Kathleen (Howard) Harris, Betty (David) Gobbel; children, Michaelene (Todd) Kearney, Tim (Kim) Sage, Scott Sage, Karl (Amy) Sage, Pamela (Julie Spielman) Sage; grandchildren, Sage Kearney, Morgan Kearney, Reagan Kearney, Phil Oliver, Chelsea Oliver, Kayla (Lane) Smith, Daniel Sage, Brittani Sage, Trevor Sage, Anna Sage; great grandchildren, Ryan Sage, Landon Oliver, Cloie Oliver, Blaylin Smith, Alaiah Smith and well-loved  nieces and nephews. 

Phyllis was born May 8, 1937 to Genevieve and Roy Port in Sioux City, South Dakota. She was one of four daughters. She loved being a big sister, being around and joking with her cousins and being a mother of five children. She was family oriented, was known for her long, gorgeous nails, her famous peanut butter fudge, her practical jokes and her endless love of animals. In her words, she “ “lead a long and happy life”. 

In addition to raising a family, she loved her work as a bus driver and having a lasting and positive impact on children. Her hard work and dedication paid off as she became the transportation company’s Safety Director. After retiring, she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her pranks, playfulness and contagious smile were present until her passing. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland R. Sage (1985); father, Roy Port (1992); mother, Genevieve (Trudeau) Smith (2003); step-brother, Milton Bottorff (2007); grandson Robert R. Sage (2013), and sister Shirley Port (2015).  

Private Funeral Services (Family Only) will be held at Brust Funeral Home,135 S. Main St., Lombard. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Visit or call 888-629-0094 for information.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to any of these animal-related therapy organizations:

Pet Partners: In Memory of Phyllis Sage and in honor of Sadie (Phyllis’ Grandogger, who provided round-the-clock therapy)

Operation Freedom Paws:

Operation Freedom Paws empowers veterans and individuals with disabilities to restore their freedom to live life.

Dogs on the Go:

Dogs On The Go’s mission is to provide affordable assistance dogs to persons with physical and mental health disabilities.

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Private Family Service

Brust Funeral Home
135 S. Main St.
Lombard, IL 60148


Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Illinois
1400 S. Wolf Rd.
Hillside, IL 60162

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