Phyliss Marlyne Sciortino

phyliss sciortino

June 10, 1942 ~ March 8, 2020

Born in: Canon City, CO
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

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Phyliss Marlyne Sciortino, 77, returned to her Creator on Sunday, March 8, 2020. She will be dearly missed by her large family and numerous friends. Survived by brothers, Raymond (Rosalie) and Douglas (Vickie); and sister, Karen (Robert Fiorini); daughters, Renee (Steve Barr), Barbara (Sam) Anselmo, Jolene (Greg) Blanchar; grandchildren, Tate, Gabriella and Marlowe; nephews, Jason, Duane and John; and nieces, Karina and Raeann. Preceded in death by parents, Nichol and Connie Rigirozzi.
Phyliss was born in Cañon City, Colo. and lived in Pueblo, Colo. her entire life. She graduated from Pueblo Catholic High and earned her Associates degree from Pueblo College, B.A. from Southern Colorado State College and Masters in Education from Western State College. She retired from District 60 schools after 39 years of teaching. She often traveled to visit her daughters and their families in Denver and Arizona and she enjoyed adventuring in Italy and Europe. She was involved in numerous groups and clubs around Pueblo and she cared a great deal about her community.
We have all lost a dear friend. As a mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin, friend, neighbor and teacher, Phyliss was a wonderful role model for all of us. We have been blessed to have her in our lives. She loved spending time with all her friends and family and was always up for a walk, round of golf, a trip, or anything fun. Her infectious smile, limitless energy, and positive attitude spread joy wherever she went. We will miss her dinner parties. She was always hosting dinners and cooked wonderful food, inviting everyone to share laughs and good times.
Phyliss treated every relationship like it was precious and made every moment count. Her laugh echoes in the hearts of all her family and friends. Phyliss wanted to remind everyone to play a round of golf, go for a walk, and enjoy a delicious meal with loved ones. To honor her life and memory, please make sure to hug the ones you love and have fun together.
Let us follow her example and live every day with all the love, energy, and might we have in us. All we can know for sure is what is here in front of us today. Phyliss understood that love and people are the most important treasures we have. She lived every day in the present and gave each moment everything she had. She looked for the goodness in every person and she found a way to take something positive away from any situation. Even though we have a hole in our hearts today, let us remember how she filled our hearts up while she was here on Earth. Her legacy lives on in her children and grandchildren and all the rest of her wonderful family and friends. She will not be forgotten. Rosary, 6 p.m. on July 29, 2021, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Memorial Mass, 10 a.m. July 30, 2021, at Shrine of St. Therese, 300 Goodnight Ave.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the wonderful staff at Parkview Medical Center CV ICU who provided comfort and care in her final days. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Joni Fair Hospice House, 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO  81005.  Online condolences,


Rosary: July 29, 2021 6:00 pm

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


Memorial Mass: July 30, 2021 10:00 am

Shrine of St. Therese
300 Goodnight Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81004


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Phyliss Marlyne Sciortino 's name.

Joni Fair Hospice House

1317 N. Main St.
Pueblo, CO

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  1. My son, Brent Denney, had Ms Sciortno for his 2nd grade teacher at Somerlid. He has always said she was one of his favorite. RIP, Ms Scortino.

  2. Phyliss had an easy, graceful way of making everyone feel welcomed and valued. In my childhood and teen years, she was one of the few mothers I knew who worked outside of the home. She was a role model of a person embracing life! She raised three fantastic daughters, each spirited in their own unique way. I always recall her and her home with fondness, filled with the aroma of great food and great perfume! Miss you.

  3. CSU games won’t be the same without her smiling face cheering them on! Phylliss was such a blessing to all who knew her. Especially her students! She was a wonderful teacher, great friend and such a fun person to be around. Always active and smiling. She will definitely be missed by us all!

  4. I became acquainted with Phyliss through a mutual friend, Rita Gersick, and to know Phyliss was to love her. She had a warmth about her and you felt like you knew her forever. She touched many lives during her teaching years and she will be missed by all who knew Phyliss. The photo that accompanies her online obituary truly captures her personality. That was Phyliss always with that beautiful smile. May she rest in peace.
    Lucille Paglione-Corsentino

  5. A lost treasure. I am proud to have known fantastic Phyliss in the education field. She dropped her magic on many students, teachers and staff at Heritage. My family and I send her in peace and relay our sympathies to you all. Seeing her face in today’s Pueblo Chieftain renews our mourning. I know she has a special seat at the table! Please know I cherish her memory and hold her still as a bright light in our lives.

  6. we will miss phyliss so much.she was our sun shine. I will miss her laugh and smile.she always made a new friend when she came in to eat.I cant help to be sad.she became our family.she always would tell us “ill be back girls. im going to visit my grandkids and family” so sad but so glad she was in my life almost every day. we will never forget her. love laura and carolyn martinez

  7. For everyone that had prayer lists, masses said and just plain keeping her in your nightly prayer s and for the money gifts. For that my family members Thank you all We will all miss her
    Karen Rigirozzi and family
    Go take a walk🏃
    Go play some golf ⛳
    Go somewhere you have never been before 🌃

  8. Phyllis taught two of my three girls at Jefferson and Heritage. I truly believe she was one of the most genuine teachers my girls ever had. Any time I saw her after those early years, she always asked about my girls, even the one she didn’t teach, and wanted to hear what they were up to. She always had a smile on her face and took time to visit. I will miss running into her. May God Bless her family during this sad time. Rest In Peace Phyllis.

  9. Phyllis was a special person and a teacher who constantly worked to better her teaching skills. She wanted to do the best she could for her students. She Has left hole in my life because I know how much she cared for all of her friends. My husband and I will miss having lunch with Phyllis and express our condolences for her family. She loved you dearly.

  10. Ms. Scortino was my second grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary, and I will be forever grateful for her abundance of laughter, fiery spirit and dedication to her kids. She never let us off easy, and to this day, I appreciate that. I grew up to be a teacher after my educational experience was shaped by her, and numerous other amazing educators. I didn’t run into her often, but when I did, I couldn’t speak enough of how infectious her smile and enthusiasm for life were. She was quick with her responses and you knew she truly cared about you, based on the fact that she always listened. I only hope to have a legacy like she had. Thank you, Phyllis for all you did for all your students. To you family, please know what an impact she made on young minds and hold true to the legacy that she left behind. My heart is with all of you, at this difficult time.

  11. I am so sorry to hear of Phyliss’ passing. She always remembered me whenever she saw me, which wasn’t very often but she always called me “cuz”. Such a sweet gesture on her part. She was a wonderful person and will be always be remembered. Our sincere sympathy. Carol and Bob Centa

  12. I was so sad to hear about Phyliss. She was always a lot of fun and one of the friendliest people I ever met! She was the best mom to her girls. Jolene, hugs to you and may your precious memories bring you some peace.

  13. I had the privilege of having Phyliss as a teacher at Jefferson Elementary in the early 1980’s. “Ms. Shorty” my friends and I affectionately called her. I remember many days Phyliss would correct my classwork, my behavior, often both. As a child I often did not understand why, in my young mind it seemed like i was being corrected more then others. As I grew I often reflected on what Phyliss said to me, the lessons of respecting myself and others. In addition to lessons from class, I believe that Phyliss gave me the tools to be good person, and just maybe Phyliss saw something special in me. I was fortunate to reconnect with Phyliss as an adult and thank her for the lessons she taught, that were not found in a book.
    Phyliss will be missed deeply, what a truly wonderful and special person. I do believe a piece of Phyliss will live on in the students whose lives were touched by such a gifted educator and friend.

  14. Phyliss was a wonderful lady. Not only was she family but she was also a mentor to me. My family will cherish our memories of her for forever. We send our love and prayers to her family during this difficult time.

  15. Aunt Phyliss was a very special person. She had it all together. The first time I met her I thought to myself what hospitality this lady has! What a beautiful garden! What a beautiful spread of food she put out for all of us! How lovely is she as I admired her from a distance because I was new to the family. She had no time for distance! She took me right in and made me feel like family immediately! Over the years I watched her and asked for advice that she was more then happy to give. I’m thankful that I got to know her and love her. All my love to the family.

    • Mrs. Sporting was a great teacher to my brother and myself. She was always dedicated to all of her students and never let us get away with anything. I will always grateful for having her in my life.

  16. Barbara and family,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Thinking of you with love and hugs.
    Ken and Lynda Connors

  17. I am still trying to process the idea that I will not see Phyliss and her warm smile again. She and I were coworkers and friends. She was always kind, sometimes fiery, and fun to be around. I remember standing in a very long line with her, waiting to see President Obama when he came to Pueblo as a candidate. We were pretty excited to see him in person. When it was her time to host a group of retired teachers monthly dinner at a local restaurant, she would bring homemade cookies….HOMEMADE….for dessert. She and I would talk about our grandkids and she told me that she was putting together a family cookbook of sorts for her grandkids so that they would have family recipes. The last thing she said to me was “tell that sweet Hunter (my grandson that she met while substitute teaching after her retirement)
    hello for me.” I will miss her greatly.

  18. We are so sorry for the loss of Phyllis. It is a great loss! She had our children at Jefferson school, and we always remained friends. She always had a smile and a welcoming grace and asked about our family before you could as about her. Loved hearing about her daughters who she was so proud of them. It is sad to hear this news. We know she is in heaven. She was a very spiritual person.
    Our condolences to her wonderful family. God’s Blessings!

  19. What an awesome caring person,,,,that was Phyllis. She took care of so many people and shared so much with all of us. I remember her phone greeting when she was not at home; “and may many smiles come your way” . She was such a happy person and losing her will put a hole in many of our lives. My mom Helen Melton loved Phyllis so much it was because of Phyllis that mom was nominated as Colorado Mother of the year. Now they are both in heaven together sharing smiles with everyone and being happy. It is difficult to find the right words to say how much Phyllis meant to so many of us and it is difficult to say goodbye. a quote I found sums things up “Saying goodbye is the most difficult thing in life and we never learn to be good at it.” I hope to see you again until then I will be looking for smiles coming my way.Sonja Melton

  20. I am so sorry. Phyliss was such a wonderful person. Even if she hadn’t seen you for years, she treated you as if she had just seen you yesterday. Always a smile and a kind word. Ray, Doug, Karen, I’m sorry for the loss of you sis, Reneee, Barbra, Jolene, I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. She will be remembered fondly, always.

  21. This is such a huge loss for all of us. Phyllis was truly a very special person and cousin. I m heartbroken but will remember how she lived and hope I can follow her wonderful and selfless ways. Remembering all of her family at this time. My thoughts and prayers always.

  22. So sorry to learn that Phyliss passed. My sympathy and condolences to Karen, Doug and Ray and to Renee, Barbra and Jolene and all their families. I have so many good memories of Phyliss. The most recent was this past summer when we gathered at my house to meet the DiTomaso family from Canada. The picture is of Karen, Phyliss and Cheryl. Rest in peace Phyliss.

  23. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family, Jolene. Yours mother’s legacy is a great one indeed as the love and goodness she had within has passed so strongly into each one of you. We feel it in your presence. What a blessing to have such an incredible person in your life as your mother and first teacher. God bless her in her return to her eternal Home.

  24. I am so sorry to hear about Phyllis’s passing! I have such wonderful memories of Phyllis as a single working Mom who would drop everything to take Renee and I anywhere we wanted to go before we could drive. She inspired me to love cooking and would patiently show me how while I was at their cozy home. What an amazing woman. Thoughts and prayers to Renee, Barbara, Jolene and all!❤️

  25. Phyllis was one of the most positive and gracious person I have ever met. I had a pleasant conversation with her at my sister’s funeral just a few weeks ago. She made u feel better about life after just one chat!! God rest her soul. Prayers and ((hugs)) to her family….

  26. Phyliss was our neighbor and was one of the first who welcomed us into the neighborhood. She never failed to wave a hello as she worked in her yard. She was a caring and thoughtful neighbor who always asked about our family and showed her love for her neighborhood. I will always cherish the times we spent with other neighbors talking at one of our mailboxes sharing happenings of our families and neighbors. Phyliss was never without a smile and a cheerful greetings as we met at our exercise classes at the Pueblo Athletic Club. We were so very fortunate to have her as a neighbor and friend. We at the south end of Maplecrest Drive will miss her waves and smiles.

  27. Whenever I was in the presence of Phyliss she always conveyed an aura of graciousness and kindness. We were all better off in knowing her and now the angels have more class in their ranks.

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