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Brunswick Memorial Home
February 7, 2017, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brunswick Memorial Home
February 8, 2017, 8:30 AM
Mass Of Christian Burial
Nativity of Our Lord RC Church
February 8, 2017, 9:30 AM

Phyllis Palfy

June 17, 1940 - February 4, 2017


MONROE TOWNSHIP - PHYLLIS (ZONKOWSKI) PALFY died Saturday, February 4, 2017, peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 76 years old.

Phyllis was born in New Brunswick on June 17, 1940 to Sophie and John Zonkowski. She resided in North Brunswick before settling in Rossmoor of Monroe Township.

She was preceded in death by her parents and stepson, Raymond.

Phyllis is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Anthony, and her sons, James and Michael. She will be sadly missed by her sister Barbara (Allan) Beyer, of Southampton, as well as by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Phyllis was a dedicated fan of the NY Yankees and even named her cats Jeter and DJ. Her travels took her frequently to Hawaii and Williamsburg. Her smile and friendly disposition was contagious to all she met. Flea markets, craft shows, and various clubs in the Rossmoor community consumed her spare time, as did all the crafts she loved to make. Phyllis was employed at the College of Environmental Science, worked for the provost of Rutgers University and Douglas College, and retired after 20 years from Rutgers Library in New Brunswick.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 8, at 8:30 am in The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, followed by a 9:30 am Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at Nativity of Our Lord Church, Monroe Township. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 pm. For directions, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2600 US Highway 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902 www.cancer.org.


I'll never forget the day I met your sister at the doctor's office. I'm sitting across from her with my dad saying wow this women looks just like my 8th grade teacher Mrs. Beyer. I had to ask...so I approached her and asked. She started laughing and told me yes, she was your sister. Little did I know our paths would cross a few times within the next months ahead. Your brother in law Anthony was in the hospital the same time my father spent his last days battling cancer. Your sister would always stop by to say hello and be so kind to us during this very difficult time. I always will remember her smiling face and cute cat shirts and friendship to me when I needed it most. RIP Phyllis, you made a lasting impression on me.
Feb 7, 2017 Dana
Mrs Palfy was always thinking of others.she will be greatly missed.
Phyllis was a good person and a wonderful friend. She put up a long, hard battle and is now pain free. She will definitely be missed.
Feb 6, 2017 Marge Princiotta
I have only known Phyllis for the past 3 years but considered her a very thoughtful, generous friend. She will be missed greatly.
She always had a smile and never a bad word about anyone. She was very creative and talented. I will treasure the wreath she made for me and never forget her.
Feb 5, 2017 Karen Seiden


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Date and time
Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brunswick Memorial Home
454 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
Date and time
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017
8:30 AM
Brunswick Memorial Home
454 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
Mass Of Christian Burial
Date and time
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017
9:30 AM
Nativity of Our Lord RC Church
185 Applegarth Road
Monroe Township, New Jersey 08831


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East Brunswick, NJ 08816

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East Brunswick, NJ 08816

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