Phyllis Schyne Abrams
August 27, 2020

PHYLLIS SCHYNE ABRAMS: Passed away on August 27, 2020, one week shy of her 95th birthday. She lost her beloved husband Milton, her greatest joy, 20 years ago. She was also predeceased by parents Maurice and Lillian Schyne, brothers Harold, Donald and Bernard Schyne and sister-in law and dear friend Hilda Leff Critchlow. Phyllis was born in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Pittsburgh when she married her husband Milton in 1946. Phyllis is survived by her children Maxine (Jack) Farberow, Sharon Abrams and David (Judy) Abrams. She was grandmother to Lori Nemec and Lee (Audra) Selkowitz, Kimberly (Jason) Petrolo and Molly (Michael) Petruska, great-grandmother to Emerson Nemec and Hattie Petruska and survived by many nieces and nephews. Her favorite title was GG to her great-grandson Emerson. According to Emerson’s mom Lori “(her) sun rose and set by his every move.”  A heartfelt thanks to nephew Fred Leff, who loved spending time with his Aunt Phyl and her him. Phyllis was completely devoted to family and brought joy to all she loved throughout her years. After raising her children, she spent many years working alongside her husband. Their life together included many times spent with family and dear friends and friendships that lasted a lifetime. Service and Interment will be held at Beth Shalom Cemetery on Sunday, August 30th at 11:30 am. Due to Covid-19, arrangements are limited to graveside service. Memorial donations may be made to Riverview Towers, 52 Garetta Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Attention: Phyllis Cohen, In Memory of Phyllis Abrams. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. Condolences for the family may be offered online at


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My condolences go out to the entire family & friends, particularly to her daughter Sharon. May her memory be a blessing.

By Deborah (Slavkin) Arnold - September 01, 2020

Maxine, my father, Izzy Robbins, was your father's cousin. Larry and I are so sorry to learn of your mother's death. We wish our deepest condolences to you an your family. It's very difficult to lose your parents.

By Marilyn Robbins Perl and Larry Perl - August 30, 2020

Phyllis was like a sister to my mother, Mathilda Degelman. Our families were very close, and we will always love and respect our relationships. God bless the Abrams family.

By Darryl Degelman - August 30, 2020

Sharon and family, Sorry to hear about your mother's passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Nadine

By Nadine Abrams Reck - August 29, 2020