Phyllis Leone Vogus Niles Farver, 94, of McKean, PA, passed away in the home she loved on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 12:10 AM. She was born in Grove City, PA, on July 29, 1927. She and her family moved to the Erie area shortly thereafter. She married Alfred McDonald Niles on October 12, 1946.

Phyllis was very active in music all her life. She began playing violin in her grandfather’s orchestra as a child, and even played bass standing on a stool that her grandfather built for her. As an adult she played piano and organ for area churches, including Draketown Church, and First Presbyterian and St. Mark’s Lutheran in Waterford. She taught piano and organ to hundreds of students.

Gathering together as a family meant everything to Phyllis. She always stayed in touch and took time to know what was happening in all her loved ones’ lives. She supported them in all their endeavors and prayed fervently every day for those she knew and loved. Her faith always kept her strong, and she lived it faithfully. She enjoyed raising African violets and she and Alfred enjoyed square dancing.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Frank and Edna Esther (Buchanan) Vogus, and her husbands, Alfred Niles (April, 1999) and Clemens B. Farver (2013), and her brother Robert James Vogus.

She is survived by her four children: Nancy Jo (Dwight) Ralph of Saegertown, PA; David (Deborah) Niles of Leesburg, FL; Barbara (Craig) Caldwell of Waterford, PA; and Thomas (Tammy) Niles, of Floyd, VA. There are also six step-children: Gary (Julie) Farver of Conneaut, OH; Sylvia (Frank) Hallenbeck of Sun City, AZ; Thomas (Phyllis) Farver of Davis, CA; Bonnie Shuster of Ocala, FL; Louise Huntley of Fort Worth, TX; and Clemens (Nancy) Farver of Milton, FL.

Phyllis has many grandchildren: Stephanie (Dale) Shadle, Jennifer Jones, Christine (Brian) Walker, Victoria (Loren) Fortna, Erik (Ritu) Ralph, Robyn (Michael) Eaton, Mark (Sherry) Dennington, Kate Caldwell, Shelly (Adam) Butti, and Jamie (Lucas) Fosburg, and a nephew James Vogus. She has 13 step-grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral home visiting hours will be held at Van Matre Funeral Home in Edinboro on Thursday, April 21, from 2-4 and 6-8, with a funeral service there on Friday, April 22, at 11 AM by Rev. Jeffrey B. Little. Interment will follow in the Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Family suggests memorials be made to the charity of one’s choice.