Phyllis Thayer

October 8, 1924 - May 22, 2013

10/08/1924 - 05/22/2013

Virginia Beach – Phyllis Thayer died Wednesday, May 22, 2013. She was a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Phyllis, originally from Burlington, Ontario, was a loving and adventurous woman with family and close friends from all over the world.
She was predeceased by her husband Robert Thayer, and parents May and Peter Loonam. Survivors include her daughters Sherry Riser, and Lynne Snyder and husband Richard; grandsons Brent Snyder, Mark Rabovsky and Brandy Hensley, Thomas Rabovsky, Gregory Snyder and Levi Patterson; great grandsons Brandon Hensley and Mark Rabovsky, Jr.
Visitation will be 6-8pm Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach. Funeral service will be held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3229 MacDonald Road, Virginia Beach, VA at 1pm Wednesday. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn of Norfolk. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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Barbara Hawley Berka
7 years ago

Dear Sherry and Lynn,

I tried to send a note here but my phone was acting do hope I’m not sending a second message. We are all saddened at the loss of your beautiful mom and feel so grateful that we were able to reconnect forty plus years after our time together in Spain. What a kind and upbeat lady she was..I know it is hard to lose your mom at any age. The only comfort is in knowing she is at peace with more pain or discomfort…Love you both..we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Bon and all the Hawleys

angie rodriguez
7 years ago

I want to relay my condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the words found at Rev. 21:4 where God promises to take away sorrow and bring death to an end. Please know my sympathies are with you during this difficult time.

Courtney Cousineau
7 years ago

My deepest condolences to Sherry, Lynn, and families. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Your Mother was a sweet lady. My fondest memory of her is from childhood when she gave me lessons in the proper use of a teapot and, that I must always take off the tea bag when company was present. As a mother of three girls I have since had many, many tea parties and I always think of her instructions:

Sending love and strength to you all and may she rest in peace.

Elaine and Pete Lovering
7 years ago

Sherry and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. We have such fond memories of your mother and your family when Mark and Rob were babies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Elaine, Pete, Rob & Kelly

Lisa Bonney
7 years ago

Sherry, my thoughts and prayers are with you all! May God Bless you and comfort you during this difficult time.

Love you,


Carl & Peggy Kruse
7 years ago

We have only known Phyllis for a short time. We found her as a loving person, very witty and a great sense of humour.

All our prayers to Sherry and Lynne and family.