Phyllis J. MacDonnell Schlichtmann

“Mom worked to make nursing better for the new nurses. She put others first.  Mom, was the glue that held her family together and our rock.”  Erika J.

            On December 7th, 2021, Phyllis J. MacDonnell Schlichtmann, age 73 of Winslow Twp., passed away. She was the Beloved wife of 52yrs to Robert C. Schlichtmann. The treasured Mother and Grandmother of R.C Schlichtmann, his Wife Rachel and their children Gabriel, Mehki, Ava and Levi, Erika J. Schlichtmann McGonigle, Phil and their children Samantha and Connor, Amy L. Bulger (nee Schlichtmann), her husband Jason and their sons Jason Jr, Colin, Ryan and Aidan, Christina M. Schlichtmann, Lani A. Salmon (nee Schlichtmann) her children Seth, Mia and Brody and Mara E. Bowling (nee Schlichtmann), her husband Scott and their children Sailor and Tucker.

Phyllis was born in October 1948 the only daughter of five children to Samuel and Elinore MacDonnell of Pearl River, NY. She had four brothers Thomas, Douglas, Gregory, and Daniel. She married Bob in December of ’69 shortly after graduating from the Nursing school in New Rochelle. Then her only son R.C. was born a year later, followed quickly by her first two daughters, Erika and Amy. Over those first few years Phyllis would move with her young family many times. With the family finally settling in Winslow Twp., NJ that began her Nursing career here in Southern New Jersey.

            Phyllis was a dedicated nurse with a true calling and a deep faith in her religion, that guide her through all of life’s trials. She had a truly brilliant mind, that often surpassed and surprised those around her. She first worked in the JFK hospital in Washington Twp, where her daughters Tina and Lani would be born, as well as working in a pediatrician’s offices, of Dr John Delgiorno. From there her career would grow and take her to JFK Stratford as a Floor Nurse Manager, during this time Mara her last baby would come along. Through all the life changes Phyllis never stopped following her calling, nor her faith. She also did not stop growing her mind nor increasing her knowledge of Nursing. Phyllis received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May of 1991 while raising a family of 6. Just when the oldest 3 children were entering high school. After leaving the Kennedy System Phyllis moved to the West Jersey Hospital in Berlin as the night Nursing Supervisor. A position that she would keep for many years until her younger girls finished high school.

            From there she moved up the corporate ladder and into the position of Director of Risk Management with Virtua Voorhees Hospital a position that she loved. Over the next several years Phyllis would further her nursing administration career with her focus always viewed through the lens of practical nursing. She would acquire her double Master one in Business Administration and the other in Hospital Administration from Holy Family University in 2006. Before taking a position at Virtua’s Summit Surgical Center. From which she retired for about one year, until she was completely bored. Thankfully the headhunters came knocking and offered her a small rehabilitation hospital to run that is now Kessler Rehabilitation Hospital in Marlton, NJ. Phyllis spent the last 12yrs of her career there and loved all of it; except the last Covid year which just exhausted her.

            Phyllis touched so many lives and made them better. She was loved and respected by more people than I can count but at home she was just Mom or Mom mom. Her house was the safe place that welcomed all and provided security to us all. She was never too busy for a heart to heart, and she always saw the best in us. Even when we had a hard time seeing it for ourselves. She was a bright brilliant light that cast a warm glow over her world. Always optimistic, believing in other people’s goodness and following the path of her deeply held Faith. 

We miss you, Mom. We know thanks to your faith that we will see you again. 

Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation on Tuesday, December 14th, from 9:30AM to 11:00AM at St. Simon Stock Parish/OLMC Church, 178 W. White Horse Pike Berlin, NJ 08009 where the funeral Mass will begin at  11:00AM. For those who desire, memorial donations may be made to March of Dimes, 3012 Main St., Voorhees, NJ 08043. Arr. by GIOSA FUNERAL HOME, West Berlin, NJ.