Norridge resident moved to town when neighborhood was ‘surrounded by mud’
Norridge resident Phyllis Dammeier organizes a twice weekly poker game at the Norridge Park District. Dammeier is dealing the cards during a game Jan. 17. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 25, 2013 6:18AM
NORRIDGE — Phyllis Dannmeir grew up in Chicago, but moved to Norridge with her husband, Bill, in 1955.
At the time, the Dannmeirs lived on what was the outskirts of town. The area north of Lawrence Avenue had no streets or sidewalks.
“We were surrounded by mud,” Phyllis Dannmeir said.
Dannmeir has dedicated herself to the community ever since, getting involved in many ways over the years.
She ran the Norridge Park District’s pool program for 46 years.
“I did the ‘Learn to Swim’ class,” she said. “I still love working with the little kids.
“I relate well to them,” she added with a laugh.
Dannmeir also has done volunteer work for the American Cancer Society, including a nine-year stint operating a gift-wrapping table at the Harlem Irving Plaza during the Christmas season.
“I bet we raised more than $10,000,” she said.
And for decades, Dannmeir also volunteered at the park district’s Adult Recreation Club, coordinating programs like pinochle, poker and bingo.
She also runs the Monday pinochle games at Central Baptist Village in Norridge.
Q: What about Norridge makes you proud?
A: This is the greatest town.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in town?
A: I really like Red Lobster.
Q: What has changed in Norridge since you moved here?
A: We have streets and sidewalks.
Q: What inspired you to become involved in community service?
A: After my kids were born, I did have to work. But I was asked to help. I like volunteering.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: My (11) grandchildren.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: You may laugh, but it’s “The Shawshank Redemption.” It’s just a wonderful movie.
Q: What’s your favorite vacation destination?
A: The Wisconsin Dells. They have this place with cabins that sleep 19 people. There’s a big living room, a kitchen with supplies and a Jacuzzi in the building. The whole family goes. It’s just so wonderful.
Q: Are you a summer or winter person?
A: Definitely summer.