Phyllis Feulner has a killer smile that lights up a place when she is there. She is a people person and somewhat of a “social butterfly.”
She is the only child of Helen and Alex Fedora. Phyllis came along late in her parent’s life. Her mom was 42 years old. When the doctor told Helen that she was pregnant, she jumped off the examining table surprised as it had been a long time coming. As you guess, Phyllis became the princess.
Today, she and Keith Feulner live in the same house that she has lived in her entire live, with the exception of a few years when they were first married.
Phyllis and Keith are both from Phoenixville but did not meet until they both went to the same graduation party. It has been 40 years since that day, and they still seem to enjoy each other and their life. Being “empty nesters,” they share day-to-day life with Matilda the pup.
Among other jobs, she was a “cafeteria lady” for 10 years at Holy Family School. In that time, she acquired two important things in her life. She and Sandy Dantonio (also a “cafeteria lady”) became “besties.” It was also during that time Phyllis realized her deep love of and commitment to working with children, especially children in their early childhood.
Calling herself “a late bloomer,” she started to attend Montgomery County Community College in 2007 and received her associate degree in early childhood education in 2010. During this time, she worked full time along with her studies.
Today, she teaches at Mom’s House Inc. of Greater Philadelphia at the Phoenixville facility. Mom’s House provides a unique family support system to low-income families to educate and to help them become independent members of the community.
Phyllis loves to travel — always ready at the drop of a hat. She especially likes going to Ocean City, N.J., as well as Maine and other New England places. A highlight was when she and Sandy went to Salem, Mass., a few years ago.
Photography is a passion of hers, while traveling and at home. She belongs to several photography clubs. She is known for her photos of Valley Forge Park. She uses two cameras and several lens to achieve some wonderful shots. She shoots in color but really prefers the black-and-white ones.
Keith is a football fan — Phyllis not so much. But she supports him and his team during the season. She likes to cook and enjoys whipping up game time treats. The two also like going pub hopping. They can be often found at the Iron Hill Brewery testing the brews.
Phyllis shares this winner recipe for wings with a sweet twist.
2½ pounds chicken wings
⅜ cup soy sauce
½ cup strawberry jam/preserves
Pam cooking spray
Cut wings into serving pieces, discarding the wing tip. Combine soy sauce and jam, whisking well to mix. Spray 9-by-13-inch baking dish with Pam. Place wings in dish, skin side down. Pour sauce over wings. Bake in 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. Turn wings over, and continue to bake 30 more minutes or until tender. Wings can be placed under broiler for five minutes to crisp skins.
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