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Olga "Sis/Gigi" Marilyn Gouvie

Died: Monday, January 13, 2014
Age: 88
Olga “Sis/Gigi” Marilyn Gouvie, 88, on Jan. 13, 2014, peacefully went to eternal rest with her sons, several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren by her side.

She was born Feb. 2, 1925, in Chicago, where she grew up in the Englewood community. Olga married the love of her life, Melvin Philllips, and to that union a son, Melvin Rodney Phillips, was born. The family moved to Newark, N.J., where a second son, Gregory Walter Dave Phillips, was born. Olga, along with a close friend/adopted sister, Estelle Weaver, owned and operated a beauty salon. Melvin preceded Olga in death.

She, along with her sons, moved back to Chicago where she co-owned and operated the Glamour Nook beauty salon. After retiring from cosmetology, Olga relocated to rural Lake Geneva. She spent several years as a highly in-demand professional nanny and later enjoyed a successful career as a Walworth County Correctional Officer, from which she ultimately retired.

Olga is survived by her brother, Philip (Helen) Jackson; her sons, Melvin (Carolyn) Phillips and Gregory (Carita) Phillips; an “instant” daughter, Barbara Black; her grandchildren, Randall (Sherri) Phillips, Cassandra (Bradley) Punsel, Timothy (Nicole) Phillips, Gina (Cliff) Jensen and Gabrielle Phillips; her great-grandchildren, Isaiah Phillips, Madysen Punsel, Aaron Phillips, Destiny Phillips, Luke Phillips and Amelia Jensen; as well as many extended and “adopted” family members and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Olga Jackson; and her brothers, Rodney and Grant Jackson.

Funeral services will be at noon, Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Steinke Funeral Home, Lake Geneva. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

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