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Phyllis "Tidz" Devlin


Phyllis A. Devlin (nee Di Petrillo), 72 of Pompton Lakes, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. She had lived in West Paterson for thirty years before moving to Pompton Lakes in 2014.

“Tidz,” as she was affectionately known to many, grew up in Paterson and graduated from Eastside High School with the class of 1962. She began her career at Brogan Cadillac and retired from their Accounts Payable department after forty years of service. More recently she had also worked for WASCO (Wholesale Auto Supply, Co.) in South Hackensack.

Tidz was one of the most impatient people you could have ever met and always in a rush to get where she was going (usually nowhere important). Her passionate love of family was self-evident and she was the proverbial “glue” that held them all together. In fact, she was more like Superglue sometimes! She truly loved her family and always wanted to be together with each of them. She never needed a reason to get together, but the holidays were especially important to her, and dancing together on Christmas made for many great memories. She spoiled her nieces and nephews rotten, but her generosity didn’t stop there. She loved to spoil her great-nieces and nephews too. She loved to play board games, do puzzles, and or course; dance! She was an excellent cook and her family always looked forward to her Christmas cookies! She also enjoyed watching NCIS, Law & Order SVU, and just about any TV crime drama, as well as reading David Baldacci novels. Anyone who knew her could certainly tell you that her greatest hobby of all…was smoking. She loved her Marlboro Light 100’s and even after beating lung cancer nearly ten years ago, she wasn’t interested in quitting her favorite pastime.

Phyllis met the love of her life, Thomas Devlin, while working at Brogan Cadillac during the 1970’s. They dated for nearly thirty years before deciding to get married on November 5, 2008. Their marriage could be described as a comical love affair. They were inseparable and never left each other’s side, doing the food shopping together, visiting the laundromat, and everything else. They enjoyed visiting Washington, D.C., the Amish country in Pennsylvania, and other historically themed vacations. Just like two squawking crows, they never parted. To Tom, she was his whole world.

Phyllis is survived by her beloved Thomas of Pompton Lakes, by her two sisters; Julia Di Petrillo Kuryla and her husband Joseph of Hoptacong, NJ, and Lorraine Coccari of Wayne, four nieces; Janet Nelemans and her husband Greg of Tampa, FL, Jennifer Herd and her husband Ryan of Pompton Plains, Wendy Grecco and her husband Ken of Wayne, and Jo Anne Cobb and her husband John of Apollo Beach, FL, one nephew; Joseph Kuryla, Jr. of Ledgewood, NJ, her stepson; Tim Devlin and his wife Barbara of Vernon, NJ, a granddaughter; Kyla Devlin, and eight great-nieces and nephews; Lorenzo Kuryla, Cierra Kuryla, Brooklynn Nelemans, Kaedyn Cobb, Stella Grecco, Riley Herd, Toby Herd, and Peyton Herd.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 from 3-5 PM. A funeral service will be held at 5 PM on Sunday, following the visiting hours.

Donations in Phyllis’ memory would be appreciated to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, 155 East 55th Street, Suite 6H, New York, NY 10022, or visit  

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Tidz was such an awesome Aunt, I remember going to Aunt Lorraine's house with Jo and Ms Julia and just laughing at the things she said. I am so sorry for your loss and I'm sending all of you hugs and prayers. 'Til you all meet again... Love, Denise Bisceglie

Denise Bisceglie


Dear Lorraine & family, I have very fond memories working with Phyliss at Brogan Cadillac in Paterson in the mid 60's. This was my first job out of HS and she made me feel very comfortable, just a great person. We had the best times. May she rest in peace.

Linda Fasolo Pickles


In 2013 my husband, John, and I moved into Knoll Condominiums. Phyllis was most welcoming from day 1 and was more of a neighbor to me than the people who lived next door to me on Skyline Drive, Ringwood for the 25 years that I lived there.

Mary Ann Salerno-Fitzgerald


I have only known Phyllis and Tom for a few years since they moved in the condo by my mom. Phyllis was always great to talk to and was really nice to my kids who like to play outside. The kids and I will miss her greatly. She truly was very special. Rest in Peace, Phyllis.

Kathy Crum


Words cannot describe how sad - when i moved into knolls condominium almost 3 years ago Tom and Phyllis were the first people i met. From the moment i met them i felt like family. She lived right next door from the minute i left for work i would see her outside- always happy and enjoying the fresh air and the birds. She was like another mother - when i would come home from work she would leave dinner she cooked hanging on my door knob ( i never had time to cook for myself) so she told me that someone had to take care of me - she was a fantastic cook and i loved everything she made !!! We always chatted even if it was a quick hello - I will miss her terribly - i am so glad i got to know such a loving, caring person !!! I love you phyllis - you are with us all in spirit!!!! ????

Wendy Pascucci- Klie


To Phyliss younger and Older Sisters. I am so sorry for your loss. I always loved your Sister. All the wonderful times we had together Encluding. Beverly and Maria. I asked her to come with us for lunch with us. She called me we chatted a bit. She said she could not come this time but next time she would. We were friends on Facebook and I loved talking to her. Also with you Lorraine. I loved talking to you both. MY prayers are with you both and your families The piece you put on the paper. Was just wonderful and discribed her just wonderful How Blessed you all are to have a wonderful family. I will never forget her. With Love. Linda ???

Linda Cafiero Robb


Paul and I were very saddened to read about Phyllis. We remember a wonderful and loving Mom and Dad with three lovely daughters. What loving remembrances of her we are reading here. We know your Mom and Dad welcomed her with a loving embrace. We wish Judy and Lorraine great comfort in knowing how much you loved her and how much she loved you. Rest peacefully, dear Phyllis. Ann and Paul Simonetti

Ann Simonetti


I am so sorry for your loss she was a great person.??

Donna tedford


Dear Family, Please accept our sincerest condolences..May her soul be eternal...

Tom and Nanette DiPetrillo


Tom and Family: We're so sorry. We always enjoyed talking to the both of you when we visited mom and she always made us laugh! She was also a very good friend to my mother, Florence, and always looked in on her to make sure she was ok. Mom thought the world of Phyllis and said she was a wonderful cook! We will all miss Phyllis very much. We hope all your loving memories of her will comfort you during this time. Love, Maureen & Paul

Paul and Maureen DiRienzo

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