Phyllis Ann (Rakes) Nicolosi

September 26, 1942 ‒ March 02, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Phyllis Ann (Rakes) Nicolosi, age 76, of Marion, Ohio passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her loving family, after battling an aggressive form of Leukemia.

Phyllis was born on September 26, 1942 in Tarpon, Virginia, the youngest of three children. She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry Edgar and Lessie (Vanover) Rakes.  Wanting a better life for his family, her father left the coal mines, moving the family to Marion, Ohio when Phyllis was a young teenager.  She graduated from Martel High School in the class of 1960.

Shortly following graduation, Phyllis moved to Marion, Ohio and began working as a switchboard operator at Alloy Cast Steel Co. Her boss encouraged her to meet Michael Nicolosi, the young owner of his family restaurant, the Humpty Dumpty.  They met for lunch at the restaurant and after some persistence on Michael’s part, the rest is history.  They were married on November 10, 1962, and have cherished their 56 years together.

Following her job as a switch board operator, she was hired by a local construction company while they built the addition to Quaker Oats. She later worked in the insurance department at the Smith Clinic in Marion, Ohio. She then became a partner with Michael at the Scotch & Sirloin Restaurant and Party House, which they owned and operated for over 20 years.

Very faith-filled, Phyllis was a dedicated parishioner of St. Mary Catholic Church, often helping behind the scenes, and was a member of their spiritual enrichment group.  She was very involved with the Marion Popcorn Festival in its formative years, and she was a member of the Junior Service Guild, helping with their yearly clearinghouse program.

Phyllis dedicated her life to her faith, her family, and her friends. She took great pride in caring for Michael and their two children, Rocco (Rocky) and Christina (Tina), making a wonderful home for them.  Phyllis was Michael’s biggest supporter with his business endeavors, always being the quiet strength that was needed. Phyllis was an elegant classy lady with a quick wit and a unique ability to remember and tell jokes.

In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by her son, Rocco Nicolosi in 1993, and her brother, Kenneth Rakes.

Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband, Michael Nicolosi; daughter, Tina (Jay) Townsend; two grandchildren: Jill (Ryan) McGraw, and Justin Townsend; sister, Angela Glathart, all of Marion;  her sisters-in-law Norma Rakes, Karen Nicolosi, Rita Lyons and brother-in-law, Tim Lyons;  and several special nieces and nephews.

The Vigil for the Deceased, including music and prayers, will be held at 4:00 pm followed by calling hours until 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion, Ohio 43302.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, March 8, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Reverend Father Thomas Buffer, main celebrant, and Reverend Father Ryan Schmit, and Reverend Father Michael Nimocks concelebrating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Marion, Ohio.

Donations in Phyllis’ name may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society or the Leukemia Society. Donations for these charities may be sent in care of St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion, Ohio 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, are honored to serve Phyllis’ family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Mike , Tina and family
    Words can’t express how sorry I am for your loss of Phyllis. She did so much for St. Mary and I always loved her taste in fashion. She was one special lady. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • From the Osborn’s and Herbert’s Family we are sorry to hear the new of Phyllis passing.We send are prays to you and your family.

  • March 3,2918
    Dear Michael,

    We were very shocked to learn of Phyllis’ passing.
    We will keep you in our prayers.

  • Unfortunately, I will not be able to be present in-person to commemorate the life of Phyllis. I had the great joy to meet her at the wedding of my brother, Ryan, and sister-in-law, Jill, on January 6, 2018.
    Please accept my deepest condolences, and know of my continuing prayerful support.

    Trust in Christ, our Redeemer. May Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Mary, be your source of consolation by her prayers to Jesus.

    Frater Kevin McGraw, C.Ss.R.
    Student Brother/Seminarian
    San Antonio, TX

  • Michael and Tina,
    I am so sorry with the passing of Phyllis. She always has a beautiful smile. She is in Heaven with Rocco

  • Mike and Family: My sincere condolences for the passing of Phyllis. I selfishly recall many events where both she and Michael lent their exemplary support, kitchen-craft and humor… thru my early business years.

  • Dear Mike: we were so sorry to hear about your loss. Over the years it was rare to see you without Phyllis being near bye. The two of you became important fixtures on the Marion scene. Our prayers today are for you and your family.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. When this happens in our family we need more than human strength. God and his Son can provide what we need. Please review these scriptures : John 5:28-29 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes,and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

  • Nice Lady. Beautiful Lady. Good Person.
    May God be with the family during this time of grief.

  • I am so sorry to hear about Phyllis! She was a wonderful lady and did so much for our community. My thoughts and prayers will be with Mike and family.

  • Mike and family
    Janet and I are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Phyllis was a special lady and she will leave a void in your lives but love and memories will gradually fill in. Lifting all of you up in prayer.
    Wayne and Janet Porter

  • Mike & Family; we send you sincere sympathy on the sad news of Phyliss’s passing. She was truly a beautiful person and will be missed. Our prayers for God’s blessings for peace &comfort for you all. Ed & Shirley BaldaufEd

  • Phyllis and I were classmates and graduated in 1960, the last class to do so. Please accept the sincere sympathy of my husband and myself. I am glad that Phyllis had a very happy life with her family.
    May her family be blessed with many memories that give joy.


    John and Joyce (Worcester) Tyner
    4309 Locust Spring Place
    Fort Wayne, In 46804

  • Mike,
    Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. Phyllis was such a special lady. She is in the arms of the angels and at peace.

  • Dear Mike and Family,
    I was so very sorry to hear of Phyllis’ Passing. What a beautiful lady. May the peace and comfort of our Lord surround you. Hugs from my heart

  • Dear Mike and Tina, So sorry for your loss. Phyllis was such a stylist lady. Always nice to meet up with and smile. We’re sure Rocco was there to welcome her . Hope they have a good wardrobe in heaven…lol. Hugs to all and God Bless

  • Tina & Fanily,
    I am very sorry for your loss and will be keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Tina your Mom was a very special lady that did so much for the community and she will be dearly missed.