Obituary for Phyllis J (Stika) Zajicek

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Phyllis J (Stika) Zajicek

May 19, 1937 - May 25, 2013

Phyllis J. (Stika) Zajicek, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, May 25, 2013 at the Brown County Health & Living Community in Nashville at the age of 76. She was a resident of Nashville. By her side, was her devoted husband of 52 years, George Zajicek and their daughter, Heidi.

George and Phyllis were married on June 11, 1960 in Berwyn, IL. She is survived by a daughter: Heidi (husband, Chad) Montgomery of Martinsville; and two grandchildren: Madelyn & Ryan Cox.

Phyllis was born on May 19, 1937 in Chicago, IL to the late William and Gladys (Tyls) Stika. She was a 1955 graduate of Morton High School in Cicero, IL and went on to attend the Pilchuk Glass School in Seattle, WA and studied glass with Francis Higgins in Illinois. Phyllis and her husband were the owners of Tippers Willow Art Glass Studio located in their home on Lanam Ridge Road in Nashville. Since the 1970's, they have been well-known glass artists using a technique called "fused glass". Together they have created original bowls, vases, panels, lamps, jewelry, and art pieces in their studio. Phyllis and her husband enjoyed traveling in the United States and in Europe sharing their technique with others. Prior to moving to Nashville in 1988, they had a studio in Chicago, IL.

Phyllis was a people person who never meet a stranger and was always there for someone in need. She was best friends with her daughter and cherished the time spent with her and her friends. Phyllis was known for her great cooking and also enjoyed raising kittens from the local shelter.

A celebration of Phyllis's life will be held at a future date. In honor of Phyllis, her family request that memorial contributions be made to Mother's Cupboard, PO Box 825 Nashville, IN 47448. Funeral services have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Zajicek family at

Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: May 19, 1937
Died: May 25, 2013

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Tamera Reynolds posted on 1/1/00

Glenn (Kirsch) and I are so sorry to hear that Phyllis has passed. I know what an incredible loss it is to your family. Please know that she touched many of us outside the family as well. Visiting with her at the Farmers' Market sale was always a highlight of my Saturday. Visiting her at home was even better. The day we stopped by (without an invitation!) we were accepted so warmly, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I am sorry now that we didn't barge in again! I am sure she was a great mother, wife, and grandmother. She just always made me smile.


Corinna Manion posted on 1/1/00

I am so very sorry for your loss. Phyllis was an amazing woman! I got to know Phyllis through her weekly visits to the Bookmobile. Phyllis was truly a firecracker of a personality, had a quick wit, and a fabulous sense of humor. I always looked forward to seeing George and Phyllis on the Bookmobile, helping them pick out movies, and listening to their banter. What a loving duo. She will be missed by many.