Phyllis Hazel Mossberg Palm

phyllis palm

April 17, 1928 ~ July 2, 2023

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Cheshire, CT

Phyllis Hazel Mossberg grew up an only child in New Haven County of CT and her family settled in the Millbrook area of North Haven when she was ten years old. She was an avid swimmer and diver, Girl Scout, and a true Daddy’s Girl.
Phyl attended Stephens College in Missouri, and Boston University, where she earned her degree in Child Care. In 1954, at the suggestion of the minister of the Cheshire Congregational Church, she founded the Cheshire Nursery School, which is still in operation.
Phyl married Ted Palm on February 2, 1952 and honeymooned in Bermuda. Later they moved into their brand new Cheshire home on Carlton Drive and had two daughters. In 1961 Phyl and Ted moved their family into a pink house on Janet Drive, a quiet, dead-end road in North Haven, where they lived until moving to Elim Park in 2003.
Phyl was a bell collector, which began when she was 10 years old. She is member of the American Bell Association (ABA) and, at the peak of her collecting, she owned over five thousand bells.
Phyl was a Girl Scout and had been since she was 10 years old. As an adult, Phyl was a troop leader for every level, during which she inspired girls to achieve goals, including earning funds for special opportunities. While working as a leader, Phyl discovered a need in North Haven, CT for a Girl Scout resource center, so in the 1970s she and a fellow scout established The Mole Hole. When it finally moved out of a cellar, they changed the name to Daisy’s Place, after the G.S. founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low. Daisy’s Place was a highly successful Girl Scout resource center for the entire town for over twenty years.
As the Bicentennial was approaching, Phyl wanted to do something special with the Girl Scouts. She created a program for the girls called “If I Were a Girl Scout in 1776.” She authored the handbook, designed the badges, wrote the requirements, and even designed a uniform out of green calico material, complete with apron, fichu (scarf), and mob cap.
Phyl has always been fascinated with the history of Girl Scouts, and suggested to National Headquarters to open a small museum. They were unable to, so in the 1980s she and a few friends founded the Historical Committee of North Haven, all the while continuing to lobby for museum space. Finally they received good news; a space in the Council Office! In 2013, the Girl Scouts of Connecticut Historical Museum opened, fulfilling Phyl’s lifelong dream!
Both Phyl and Ted loved the water. In the ’60s, they bought a cottage for their family on Summer Island, in Branford, CT. It was a friendly, informal setting by the water in Long Island Sound, where impromptu get-togethers were in abundance, walking down the front promenade along the water to visit with friends or relatives was commonplace, and doors weren’t locked.
Phyl is survived by daughters Melody Mukon and April Palm, nephew Malcolm Palm, grandchildren, Chelsea Mukon Mayo and Christopher Mukon, and great-grandchildren, Molly Mukon, 4, Jackson Mayo, 23 mos., and Lexie Mayo, 3 mos. Phyl and her family are very grateful to Elim Park, ALSA aides, Hospice, Opal Stork Home Care, and all her friends for the love and support during these last years of her life.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Elim Park Place’s Nelson Hall on Sunday, July 16th at 1 p.m. with a reception immediately following. Phyl loved colorful clothes-Please wear them! In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Girl Scouts of Connecticut (, the Alzheimer’s Association (, or Save the Sound (


Celebration of Life: July 16, 2023 1:00 pm

Nelson Hall at Elim Park
150 Cook Hill Road
Cheshire, CT 06410

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  1. My deepest condolences for you and your family. Sending you all, love and blessings from the Algarin family.

  2. April,

    Denise and I were so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing.

    You spoke about her many times, and she was quite a lady.

    Our best wished to you and your family ar this time.

  3. April,
    I am very sorry to learn of the loss of your mother.
    Remember she will always be with you in your heart.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  4. April,
    So sorry for you loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Keeping you in my prayers!

  5. Dear April,

    it is a fortunate thing, to live a long life, but a gift from God to have caring family members by your side. .

  6. Our sincerest condolences to you and your family April. May you cherish the memories and look back on them fondly!

  7. April,

    I am sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. Prayers for peace and comfort to you and yours.

  8. April, my sincere condolences for you and your family.
    Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love at this time of sorrow.


  9. I’m so sorry about your loss. Sending love and prayers to you.
    May you and your family find peace and comfort today. Have a wonderful celebration of her life today.

  10. I have so many fond memories of Auntie Phyl from 1987 to 2023. She welcomed me into her home as she has done with so many others. She hosted my baby shower at Summer Island. She was generous with gifts and kind to my children, Eric and Emily over the years. She offered me a place to stay in 2008 during one month at Summer Island, which is a time that I will always treasure. We played rummy cube and Uno, and she took the time to sit and chat. She was one of the kindest women I have ever known. She was like a second mother to me, as she was to so many others. I cherish the memory of her warm smile, her kind words and her loving heart. I love you, Auntie Phyl.

  11. So sorry for your loss, Melody, Mark, April, Chelsea, Chris, Ryan and Rachel. May your fond memories of Phyllis bring you comfort during this time of loss.

  12. So sorry to hear the passing of your mom. You are fortunate to have many wonderful memories. My sincere condolences for you and your family.

  13. Dear Melody and April ,
    So sorry for the loss of your Mom . Wow , what a special lady she was .
    Melody I remember you so distinctly, from so long ago …. Sally Guyott Grave .. I live near Elim Park , saw the notice in the Cheshire Citizen .
    Prayers to you and yours … Sally🙏

  14. As I purchased my Girl Scout cookies today, and then made the cash donation (cuz the girls really only make $.60 for each box that they sell), I told them about MY Girl Scout leader and the incredible life that she lived 🩷🩷They were ALL so sweet and seems to love the story. It MADE my day, Auntie Phyl! You are forever in my heart!💜

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