LA CRESCENT, Minn. — Phyllis A. Barghini, 84, of La Crescent passed away in her home Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

She was born in La Crosse, Jan. 23, 1933, to Hugh and Esther (Eglinton) Lynch. In June of 1953, she married Richard J. Barghini at St. Peters Catholic Church in Hokah, Minn., and he preceded her in death Jan. 11, 1998.

After raising her four boys, she returned to school to receive her RN certificate after 40 years of age. She then worked as an RN for 22 years, including nine years in Maumee, Ohio and seven years in Spooner, Wis. She also worked as a school secretary in Garden City, Mich., for 11 years and as a bank bookkeeper and teller in Caledonia and Minneapolis. Following her husband’s death in 1998, she returned to La Crescent, where she has resided since.

Phyllis loved being with her family and telling stories about growing up on the farm. She loved time spent at the lake and hearing all about her grandkids and great-grandson’s activities. She also liked to follow football, especially the Seattle Seahawks.

Phyllis is survived by her four sons, Rick (Diane) Barghini, Gregory Barghini, Scott Barghini and Mark (Beth) Barghini. She is further survived by four grandchildren, Alexandria (Ben) Kixmiller, Steven, Nick and Dominic Barghini; a great-grandson, Keller Kixmiller; two brothers, Bill (Anne) Lynch and Charlie Lynch; as well as a sister-in-law, Marian Lynch.

In addition to her husband, Richard; she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Bud Lynch; and three sisters, Faye, Gail and Mary.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at noon Saturday, July 15, at Crucifixion Catholic Church, 423 2nd St., La Crescent, with the Rev. Gregory Havel officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Visitation was held from 10:30 a.m. Saturday, until the time of Mass at the church.

Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services of La Crescent is assisting the family.

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