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Phyllis Romeo, 67, publisher with a big heart

Whatever the problem, whatever the conflict, Phyllis Romeo always seemed to have a solution.

"She had a knack for giving the best advice," Lyn Taylor, her sister-in-law, said. "She could take an issue and make fixing it so simple."

Artie Anos, who worked in publishing with Romeo for nearly 25 years, said she seemed to have all the answers at the office, too. "You needed something done, you gave it to Phyllis and it got done," he said.

Family and friends said they will miss Romeo's attention to detail, her devotion to pet and animal causes, and her love for her nieces and nephews. The former Islip Terrace resident died of breast cancer on June 22 at a Henderson, Nev., hospital. She was 67.

Taylor, 61, of Holbrook, said Romeo was "like a sister" to her. "She was a glue that held family together," said Taylor, whose brother, Anthony Romeo, 67, married Phyllis in 1967.

Romeo's penchant for lounging about the pool was among the reasons she and her husband moved to Henderson, outside Las Vegas, after they retired in 2005, Taylor said. "That was their dream."

Taylor said Romeo annually was the lead volunteer at Northrop Grumman when the company raised money for a Christmas wish list for disabled patients at area hospitals. "She was proud that they always filled the wish list," Taylor said.

In addition to her husband, survivors include sisters Pat Gjertsen, of Hobart, N.Y., and Marguerite Dworkin, of New Jersey; two stepsisters; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter the Apostle Church, Islip Terrace.

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