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Longtime Rumson resident Phyliss Amses died on September 25, 2021 in Riverview hospital in Red Bank. The cause of death has not been determined.

Phyliss was born on November 6th, 1931 in Bayonne, New Jersey, to Irvin and Sophie Gershman. She graduated from Bayonne High School in1948. After that she worked as a supply clerk for the U.S. Army, a switchboard operator, and then as a seamstress at Flora’s Dress Shop after she moved to Rumson to raise her family.

Phyliss married musician Richard Amses on September 8, 1954 and they had a truly long and loving marriage until his death in 2018. She was no less a truly loving and deeply devoted mother to her two children Denise and Matthew. Always happy to entertain her beloved family and friends, Phyliss was a gracious and charming hostess, and an accomplished cook and baker. She brought joy to all who knew her.

Phyliss is survived by her daughter Denise Amses (husband Christopher Cosma) of Brooklyn, and her son Matthew Amses (wife Kathryn Cordes) of Manhattan; and her two grandsons Julian and Gabriel Cosma. And additionally, she will be remembered and missed by the legions of family, friends and neighbors whose lives she touched.

Visitation will be held at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank, New Jersey from 9:30 - 10:30 am on October 1st, followed by a graveside service at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Iselin, New Jersey at 11:30 am.

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