Phyllis Zatkow Ploener
Phyllis Zatkow Ploener, born June 6th, 1934, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 13th, 2022 surrounded by her family in Pennsylvania. Originally from Philadelphia, she raised a family of three boys in Wilmington, Delaware before becoming a “Snow Bird” traveling between Longboat Key and Atlantic City.
She lived on Longboat seasonally, then permanently, for 37 years. Always a trendsetter, she discovered this paradise with her husband of 50 years, Leonard Ploener, who passed away in 2005.
She loved Longboat and Sarasota, frequenting the newest restaurants, especially for happy hour, and enjoying the many cultural offerings. She loved showing the area off to her sister, Sandy Solomon, her sons, Randy and Mark Ploener, and their families, including five wonderful grandchildren. She had a very active social life and could always be seen at local events. She volunteered with the Sarasota Film Festival and Sarasota Democratic Committee for many years and loved attending services at Temple Beth Israel on the island. The orchestra, the opera, art galleries, charity fundraisers- she loved taking it all in with those lucky enough to be with her.
Phyllis Ploener was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.
She enjoyed many activities, all of which benefitted her friends and family: she was an avid cook, always trying new recipes and bringing bites over to her friends; she loved bridge and played with many groups throughout her time down south; she was a wonderful photographer, leaving her family with hundreds of photo albums to treasure and pass along.
Phyllis Ploener was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be remembered for her infectious smile, bright coral lipstick, love of all things beautiful, and the extraordinary life she shared with her grateful family and friends.
Donations can be made to Temple Beth Israel.