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Phyllis Van Alstine

July 5, 1927 — February 10, 2018

Phyllis J Van Alstine passed away on February 10th in Boulder City, Nevada at the age of 90. She is survived by her daughter Karen A Van Alstine and is preceded in death by her husband Earl J Van Alstine and her son Reginald K Van Alstine.

Phyllis was born on July 5, 1927 in Cherry Valley, New York to Alberta and Victor Yerdon. She attended Cherry Valley High School and graduated from Albany University in 1948 with a Bachelors Degree in English. She married Earl Van Alstine on March 23, 1947. She lived in New York, Massachusetts, and Colorado before finally settling in Los Angeles, California in the late 1960’s. She earned a Masters Degree in Education from Loyal Marymount University that began her long career at the Los Angeles Unified School District. First as an English teacher in the early 1970’s, then as Head Councilor at John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in the late 1970’s, and it is where she retired as an Assistant Principal in 1992.

Phyllis had many passions in life that she was able to enjoy during her retirement in Boulder City, NV. Everything from gardening, to long drives in the desert discovering small historic museums, to collecting unique rocks from her many travels in the US, Canada, and Italy. But, first and foremost, she loved genealogy and volunteered at the Paso Verde Library Heritage Room and belonged to the DAR.

A funeral is scheduled in May at the Cherry Valley, New York Cemetery, with a reception to follow at the United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Cherry Valley Museum at 49 Main Street, Cherry Valley New York, 13320.  Family and friends can sign an online memorial guestbook at

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