CHARLTON – Phyllis A. Slattery, 88, of 88 Masonic Home Road, Charlton and formerly of 6 Uxbridge St, Worcester, passed away on June 30 under the care of Overlook Hospice Services.
Her husband, John R. Slattery, predeceased her in 2010. She leaves her daughter, Kathleen Allard of Hong Kong, her nephew Kim Lemerise and his wife Nancy of Boylston, nephew Mark Lemerise and his wife Donna of Spencer, nephew Frank Lemerise and his wife Tammy of Spencer, niece Lisa Fischer and her husband Kurt of Arlington, niece Andrea Thurlow and her husband David of Leicester, and several other nieces and nephews.
She was born Emily P. Stanikmas in Worcester, daughter of the late Anthony V. and Mary Ellen (Hollings) Stanikmas, and grew up at 64 Chapel St in Leicester. Her brothers Joseph, William, Howard, and Clifford Stanikmas and her sisters Maryellen Stanikmas, Elizabeth Lemerise, and Joyce Dowd predeceased her.
She graduated from Leicester High School in 1948 and earned a B.S. in Education from Worcester State College in 1952. She taught in the Leicester and Worcester public schools. In the 1970s she earned a Master of Library Science degree and became a school librarian in the Worcester public schools and later at Clark University’s Goddard Library, where she worked for several years.
As a test subject in the national Women’s Health Initiative for decades, Phyllis contributed to numerous studies of women’s health and wellness.
There will be a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 23 at Nordgren Funeral Home 300 Lincoln St. Worcester, MA 01605 followed by burial of Phyllis and her husband’s remains in St. John’s Cemetery, Worcester. Donations may be made in her name to the Charlton Public Library. To leave the family an online message of condolence, please click link.