ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of Phyllis Giannizzero. Anyone lucky enough to know her, will remember her forever. Her warm smile, laughing eyes, endless patience and nurturing spirt touched the hearts of beloved family, friends and all who crossed her path. We remember her with full hearts and cherish the memories made together.
Posted by Lori Shafer on April 29, 2021
Phyllis was warm-hearted and kind. She always had a smile on her face and her laugh was contagious. I would always look forward to seeing her when I had the chance. She is greatly missed by all that knew her.
Posted by Colleen Eckert on April 24, 2021
Happy heavenly birthday Phyllis. I know that you are up in heaven, looking down and taking care of everyone.
Throughout my time at Gymboree Phyllis was always a calm, caring and nurturing presence, who never missed the opportunity to laugh and smile. To have known her was truly a blessing. 
Posted by Debra Whitefield on April 15, 2021
I feel so fortunate to have worked alongside Phyllis for more than a decade. Amid all the chaos of a children’s business, she provided a steady hand and a lot of levity, reminding us all not to take ourselves too seriously. She was such a loving soul and made the world a much better place. Barry and I love you and miss you, Phyl.
Posted by Kimberly Risley on April 14, 2021
I was lucky enough to get to know Phyllis by working with her at Gymboree. She was always so kind, so patient and SO funny. She made it a great place to work. She was so proud of her family and had so much love for her boys. I have thought about her often through the years and wish I got the chance to see her. Phyllis truly was a gem of a lady, she touched the lives of so many and she will be missed. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family.
Posted by Cindy Miller on April 11, 2021
Phyllis was one of the most genuine people I have ever met. She was so welcoming to me when I began working at Gymboree. I can still remember her warm smile and infectious laughter. I feel lucky to have known her.
Posted by Michele Rutch on April 11, 2021
Wherever you are, wherever I am... we are still “growing together”, Mommy Phyl. I feel your love, and remember the lessons you taught me, every day. There has never been a more beautiful soul-; always loving, always gracious, always patient and always kind. The memories made with you are the very best kind; precious and beautiful and dear. Just like you.

Frank, Frankie, Louis and Matthew, you are in my heart and on my mind every day. I love you all.

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Posted by Lori Shafer on April 29, 2021
Phyllis was warm-hearted and kind. She always had a smile on her face and her laugh was contagious. I would always look forward to seeing her when I had the chance. She is greatly missed by all that knew her.
Posted by Colleen Eckert on April 24, 2021
Happy heavenly birthday Phyllis. I know that you are up in heaven, looking down and taking care of everyone.
Throughout my time at Gymboree Phyllis was always a calm, caring and nurturing presence, who never missed the opportunity to laugh and smile. To have known her was truly a blessing. 
Posted by Debra Whitefield on April 15, 2021
I feel so fortunate to have worked alongside Phyllis for more than a decade. Amid all the chaos of a children’s business, she provided a steady hand and a lot of levity, reminding us all not to take ourselves too seriously. She was such a loving soul and made the world a much better place. Barry and I love you and miss you, Phyl.
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Shared by Michele Rutch on April 11, 2021
Phyllis was the kindest person I have ever known. Meeting her in my early 20’s, she influenced my life in countless ways. As a young girl working 4 jobs, with no time for myself, (and no cooking skills) Phyllis would often invite me to her home for dinner. The warmth and laugher that always filled her home amazed me. It was my favorite place to be. Those visits meant so much to me. I learned to cook through her patient lessons, learned how to decorate and create a home (Christmas time at the Giannizzero home rivaled the North Pole), and learned some of my most cherished parenting lessons (the best of which always centered on her adorable son,  Matthew , pretending to runaway). 

Some people are born family, some become family. Phyllis’ grace, warmth, patience, affectionate nature, compassionate heart, endless love and ever-present kindness  set the example for how I wanted to live my life. I will spend the rest of my days trying to channel the qualities learned under her benevolent mentorship. I love you  “Mommy Phyl”