Phyllis “Jean” Duzan, 87, of Warsaw was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Kosciusko County Hospital.
On Sept. 11, 1931, she was born in Rochester to Lee and Lillie Mikesell Holloway. Growing up as the ninth of 12 children, she shared her childhood with seven sisters and four brothers. With great pride, she graduated from Rochester High School in 1951.
In Rochester, on June 17, 1951, she married the love of her life, Robert H. Duzan. They shared 37 years of life’s adventures. From their union came four wonderful children — Debra, Dona, Dana and Rob. The family tree continued to grow, with the added blessings of seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She owned a collection of unique angels. To keep mentally sharp, she enjoyed the challenges of word searches and crossword puzzles. To relax, she watched QVC, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and the soaps.
As the matriarch of the Duzan family, she was proud of her legacy, the four generations. She was quite at home from her kitchen command post; known to her family and friends as premier creator and baker of fluffy cheesecake, steaming hot iced cinnamon rolls and homemade yeast donuts.
She was second to none in the sweets department. She thoughtfully sent birthday cards to all of her family. There was nothing better than getting together for the holidays or special events making the memories of a lifetime.
Left to cherish her memory are three daughters: Debra Miller of Warsaw, Dona (Greg) Lowe and Dana Markley, all of Rochester; seven grandchildren: Erick (Nikki) Miller, Ashley (Joel) Burrus, Rob Tyler, Austin Lowe, Jon Miller, Jeremy Miller and Spencer Markley; five great-grandchildren: Bradley Miller, Alli Jean Miller, Gabbi Miller, Jackson Burrus, Grayson Burrus and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Lee and Lillie Holloway, husband Bob on June 19, 1988, son 2nd Lt. Robert H. Duzan II on May 7, 1987, 11 siblings, Lester, Minnie, Marjorie, Helen Maxine, Sarah, Lois, Robert, Donna, Leonard, Barbara and Charles Larry.