The Life of Phyllis M. Carlson

Phyllis "Doc Peny" M. Carlson, 73, of Allentown, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2020, in Lehigh Valley In-Patient Hospice, Allentown. Born in Saylorsburg, Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late George V. and Mary (Ceban) Buskirk. Phyllis honorably and faithfully served our country as a career member of the United States Navy, with service during Vietnam and Desert Storm. She was a field medic for most of her Naval service.

Peny was a graduate of Saint Petersburg Junior College, Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she received her training as a Registered Nurse. In 1979, she received a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from University of Southern Florida, Tampa.

Doc Peny was a member of Pennsylvania American Legion; Fullerton American Legion Post 367; Marine Corps League, Easton.

SURVIVORS: Phyllis is survived by two daughters, Erin D. (Carlson), wife of John P. Walsh, Highspire, PA, Dauphin County; and Dawn L. (Carlson), wife of Joshua D. Derstine, Alburtis. Other survivors include three grandchildren: Daytona C. Walsh; Autumn M. Derstine, and Jake Lee Derstine. In addition to her parents, Peny was predeceased by a sister Nellie (Buskirk) Campbell; and two brothers: William Buskirk and Charles Burkirk.

Services and inurnment with Military Honors in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

The family requests contributions be made in Doc Peny's Memory to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is assisting the family. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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