Philomena “Phyllis” (Regan) Smalley
Philomena “Phyllis” (Regan) Smalley went home to her Lord peacefully on Monday, May 18, 2020, after many years of battling cancer. Phyllis was born to Margaret Mary (Prendergast) and Dominick Regan at Phelps Memorial Hospital in North Tarrytown, NY on Wednesday, December 5, 1956. In addition to her parents, Phyllis is preceded in death by her brother, Thomas J. Regan.
In addition to her husband Stephen, Phyllis is survived by her son Sean and his wife Lauren of Hummelstown, PA, her son Kevin and his wife Chelsea of Yuma, AZ, her daughter Caitlin of Burlington, NC; and her most beloved grandsons: Scott, Colin, Hudson and Preston. She is also survived by her sister Maureen Regan and husband Jim of New City, NY, and her brother Peter Regan and wife Karen of Dahlonega, GA.
Phyllis graduated from St. Augustine’s School, Ossining High School and Mercy College. It was at Mercy College where Phyllis met her husband of 41 years, Stephen Smalley. Phyllis and Stephen raised their three children in the Briarcliff and Ossining area. Phyllis loved her children more than anything in the world. She volunteered as a class parent, helped with scouting, religious education and anything else they were involved with. Phyllis became a member of the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department in 1986 where she found tremendous joy in giving back to the community. She was proud to have been their first pregnant firefighter! In her many years with the fire department Phyllis was instrumental in leading the fire prevention program, teaching First Aid and CPR and acquiring the certifications for the department’s defibrillators and EpiPens. She helped develop training and operational protocols for both the Briarcliff Manor Ambulance Corps and the Westchester County DES. Phyllis returned to work in the 1990s as an employee of the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department. She moved onto working for Westchester Community College at their Ossining campus. Phyllis finished her career at Westchester County Department of Emergency Services where she retired in 2016. Phyllis and Stephen then made the move to Pennsylvania to be closer to their grandchildren. She continued to give back as a volunteer for the West Shore YMCA.
All are welcome to join Phyllis’ family at her gathering of family and friends with viewing on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; or join her virtual gathering of family and friends via video or telephone chat from 4:00 p.m. until time of virtual viewing beginning at 6:40 p.m. and followed by virtual farewell to the family. Cremation will follow the viewing. All are also welcome to join Phyllis’ family at her virtual Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, May 28, 2020, beginning at 12:00 p.m. with Monsignor William J. King celebrating. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, PA. Please be patient as infection control measures are observed in order to maintain a safe environment for everyone.
The family sends their most heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ali Mohamed, Nurse Practitioner Robin Suess, and all the nurses, who Phyllis affectionately dubbed “angels on earth” at the Penn State Cancer Institute, who so lovingly cared for Phyllis during her illness.
While Phyllis’ family will not be accepting flowers, they invite those wishing to celebrate Phyllis’ life to make a memorial contribution to the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Cancer Institute, Attn: Jenny Miska, P.O. Box 852, 1249 Cocoa Avenue, Suite 115, Hershey, PA 17033; or to the West Shore YMCA Livestrong Program, 410 Fallowfield Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
Phyllis’ family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421. Read Phyllis’ full obituary, view her memorial video and portrait, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign her official guest book by visiting Buhrig.com.
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