Phyllis was born Felicia Simonetti in Palma Campania, Naples, Italy in 1925. When they came to America her name changed to Phyllis as they wanted to be more American. She grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where she met her husband Pasquale Gaimaro, deceased since 1977. She had five siblings, Freddy, Angelo, Ann, Louie, and Jimmy, all deceased. Phyllis had five children, Larry, Marie Cirillo (John), Pat (Margaret), Thomas, deceased in 2014, and Lisa Sullivan (Tim). She also enjoyed five grandchildren, John (Kristin), Nicholas, Rebecca, Erica, and Alyssa, and one great grandson, Cassius.