May 27, 1931 - March 21, 2016


Phyllis M. Talberg, age 84 of Princeton, died peacefully on March 21, 2016 at The Elim Home in Princeton.

Phyllis Magdalen Cison was born on May 27, 1931 to Stan and Rose Cison in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Phyllis was the youngest of 9 children. The family moved north to Ramey and when her father died suddenly, moved back to Minneapolis. At a young age Phyllis knew she was to become a nun. At age 13, she left home to commit her faith to God at a convent in Ohio. As her education continued, she found herself wanting to teach young children. Teaching school to first graders was a joy to Phyllis and she was very good at it, making a difference in the lives of many, many children.

After almost 30 years of being a nun, Phyllis left the convent and moved back to Minneapolis. She worked at Federal Cartridge, and during this time, went on a blind date. Clifford Talberg swept her off her feet! The couple married on June 8, 1974 and made their home on the Talberg farm. They adopted two little girls in 1978, Tonia and Tracy. Loving and raising their daughters became Phyllis’s new passion along with teaching for many years for the Princeton School District.

Phyllis really enjoyed playing Pinochle and other games with Clifford. She frequented the casino and shared many laughs with those who were blessed to spend that time with her. She was a creative lady who enjoyed art throughout her life.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Clifford; her daughters, Tonia (Travis) Milender, and Tracy (Russel, Jr.) Pittman; her grandchildren, Cassie, Kari, Russel III, Andrew, and Tiffany; her great-grandson, Issac; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents and all 8 siblings.