CHESAPEAKE – Phyllis A. Huizenga, 91, a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church passed away on September 27, 2021. A native of Manville, Rhode Island, she was one of ten children born to Polish parents who immigrated through Ellis Island. After graduating from high school, she joined the United States Navy WAVES completing basic training at Great Lakes, IL and serving her country during the Korean War. She was assigned to the Naval Communications Center in Washington, DC achieving the rank of Radioman 3rd Class and it was there that she met the love of her life and married Delbert (more affectionately called Huey). Together they began a life that few could have dreamed of.
She excelled as a Navy wife often during difficult times while her husband was stationed at sea or during his service in Vietnam. She always found joy in creating a warm and welcoming home. A homecooked dinner was served every single night with the entire family at the table and a blessing. She was a talented seamstress and could replicate the latest fashion trends in clothing for herself and her children. Serving as a Girl Scout Leader for several years in the 60’s, she was a fearless camping leader and teacher. Her ingenuity had no bounds. Her love of cooking led her to organize and run the St Matthew International Food Festival for years where she could share her delicious homemade pierogi’s and golumpki. She enjoyed crocheting keepsake afghans of all varieties, colors and styles for family and friends. She was an avid reader and especially loved stories about Europe during the wars and watching old war movies in the evening with a glass of wine.
As a leader in her community and in her church, she used her gifts in communication and recordkeeping serving as President of the Homeowner’s Association of Framingham in College Park, President of the Women’s Club for Saint Matthew Catholic Church and President of the Virginia Beach Lion’s Club. She was an active member of the Saint Matthew Catholic Church choir for many years. She was a charter member of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington, Virginia. As a child of the Great Depression, she understood going without and the importance of serving those less fortunate. For many years she and Huey picked up car loads of expired food from grocery stores, delivered it to food pantries, and volunteered serving meals to the homeless.
Parkinson’s Disease became a part of her life during her last ten years, but she refused to let it define her, attending support groups and speaking up to encourage others with the disease. As a resident of Willow Creek Retirement Community, she made many friends and brought a smile to those around her for being a social butterfly and taking care of others. Her joie de vivre was a remarkable example to all who knew her. Her gift to us is a wonderful appreciation for family, and everyone was her family.
The daughter of deceased Antonia and Louis Holubesko, she is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years Delbert G. Huizenga, five children, Diane Kelly (Don), Cynthia Berrio (Bob), Debra Pierce (Danny), Michael Huizenga and Susan Miller (Marty), nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and her sister Louise Warszawski of Rhode Island. She was predeceased by five sisters, Stephanie Bissonnette, Stasia Waskiewicz, Caroline Peloquin, Sophie Mei and Mary Shackleton and three brothers, Joseph, Frank and Walter Holubesko.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Virginia Beach. Final resting will be private at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to St. Matthew Catholic Church or to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul in care of St. Matthew Catholic Church, 3314 Sandra Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Express condolences to the family at www.altmeyerfh.com.
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