Sally Marie Phoenik (Greb) passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 in Virginia Beach, VA at the young age of 58. She was born on Oct. 25, 1961 and raised in Allison Park, PA by her loving parents, the late Robert and Mary Phoenik. Sally was married for 34 years to Gerald Greb and was a devoted mother to Sarah Pierce, Benjamin Greb, and Mary Greb, and a deeply loving “Oma” to her grandchildren Ethan, Phoenix, and Emerson.
Sally is also survived by her three sisters, Shari Phoenik-Lennon, Cindy Phoenik-Graban and Amy Phoenik-Crann, and by brothers Robert Phoenik and Claude Phoenix. She was preceded in death by her brother, Stanley Robert Phoenik II. Sally was an aunt to many nieces and nephews and great-aunt to their children. She took amazing care of her father and mother-in-law, Ralph and Hulda Greb, while she lived in Illinois.
Sally attended North Allegheny High School in Wexford, PA, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where she was among the first female graduates in 1983. She proudly served our nation in the U.S. Army until 1988.
She was an avid runner, swimmer and all-around athlete throughout her entire life. She competed in countless races ranging from 5Ks to full marathons. Sally enjoyed recreational swimming and swam in the Senior Olympics. Her athleticism transcended into her working life as she taught fitness classes for the Virginia Beach Rec Centers and safeguarded members as a lifeguard at the YMCA.
Sally showed her love for her grandchildren every day and was very active in their lives. She would frequently visit them at school to read stories to Ethan & Phoenix and spend time holding Emerson before nap time. She was constantly taking the boys to wonderful activities at the Virginia Beach libraries, bible ministry (Awana), music and gymnastic classes.
Sally’s devout faith was the cornerstone of her life. She was very active in her local Moms in Prayer chapter and enjoyed her Wednesday evenings volunteering with Awana at Spring Branch Community Church. Sally was part of church choirs, assisted teaching Sunday School and volunteered in the church nursery. Music was a large part of her life, as she played piano and sang. She is now rejoicing at home in the loving arms of her savior, Jesus Christ.
Sally recently wrote, “Lord, I pray my children and grandchildren of all generations to come will be life-changers; changing the world for you! I pray for myself that I would be known as a woman of integrity”. There is no doubt that her friends and family will remember her as a loving woman of the utmost integrity and will be greatly missed by all.
Friends will be received on Monday, May 4 from 2-4 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Maestas Chapel located at 1801 Baltic Avenue in Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
A celebration of life will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sally’s memorial fund at https://bit.ly/sallysmemorialfund