Phyllis M. Sarich

Phyllis M. Sarich nee Neu, 85, of Granite City, IL, born Tuesday, July 21, 1925 in St. Louis, MO, died Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.

Phyllis was a St Louis College of Pharmacy faculty emeritus, first full time female faculty member and first female president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy Alumni Association. She was a member of Lamba Kappa Sigma Sorority, the Rho Chi Society, American Institute of History of Pharmacy, Missouri Branch American Society of Microbiology, and Mortar and Pestle Society. She was past president and member of Veteran Druggist Association. She was also a member St. Paul's United Church of Christ. Phyllis was a great role model for women in science.

She was preceded in death by:

  • Husband: Matthew W. Sarich
  • Parents: Philip and Mildred nee Einhaus Neu

Surviving are her:

  • Son: Mark Sarich of St. Louis, MO
  • Daughter: Karen (Robert) Graebe of Belleville, IL
  • Brother: Dr. Robert E. (Maxine) Neu of Anaheim, CA
  • Grandchildren:
    • Katherine Graebe
    • Robert Graebe
    • Christopher Graebe
  • Dear Nieces & Nephews

Memorials:  Memorials may be made to the Office of Advancement -College of Pharmacy, Attn Nichole Powell or Family Hospice.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Friday, July 1, 2011 at Kurrus Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Herbert Schafale officiating Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Condolences left for Phyllis M. Sarich:

    Dear Phyllis,
    We will miss you - Our Dear Friend and Lunch Buddy.
    Herb & Zelda Rogul

    Herb Rogul St. Louis MO. 63132

    Dear Karen,
    So sorry for the loss of your mother. The only comfort is knowing her pain and suffering are gone and she is in a very loved and protected place for eternity. Love, Amy Andrews Coon

    Amy Coon Normal Illinois 61761

    My sincere condolences to Phyllis' family and close friends. I had the great pleaseure of working with her at StLCoP in the last few years before her complete retirement from teaching. Having the opportunity to get to know her fairly well, I share with you the loss of a fine person and a dedicated educator. I will miss her sense of humor most of all.

    Margaret A. Weck Saint Louis MO 63108

    To one of my favorite teachers at St Louis College of Pharmacy. Rest in peace.

    Ray Perica Lakeland FL 33813

    I extend my most sincere sympathy to all of you as you mourn the loss of your mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. It was our pleasure to know her the many years that we have been in St. Louis. She so enjoyed her years at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. There will be another empty place at college functions. So sorry that I will not be able to visit with you at this time. Take care.

    Marilyn Haberle St. Louis MO 63131

    Karen, I wanted to express to you how sorry I am for the loss of your mother.

    Althea Thomas Belleville IL 62226

    The Bible makes this comforting promise:"God is near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves."(Psalm 34:18)It also assures us: Throw your burden upon Jehovah himself, and he himself will sustain you." (Psalm 34:18)also read(Psalm 83:18)


    My late husband, Terry, and I had the pleasure of knowing Phyllis as an instructor, colleague, and friend. She was a joy to know, as well as a tremendous asset to the college and an unmatched ambassador for our profession. Her significant contributions will be remembered while her wonderful presence will be missed. My sympathy to you all.

    Ruth (Sonsini) Martinez (class of 1990) Collinsville IL 62234-5436

    Aunt Phyllis is fondly remembered as an intelligent woman who was always kind to me.

    Debbie Robb Mira Loma CA 91752

    My dearest twin sister will be greatly missed may she rest in peace. Love Bob

    Dr Robert Neu Anaheim California 92804