Philip Robert Amend

January 23, 1941August 11, 2011

Phil was born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin, the son of John W. Amend and Margaret O. Amend. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with an Electrical Engineering degree and the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University with a Masters degree in Industrial Administration. Phil is pre-deceased by his parents and his son, Peter. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Eleanor, son Daniel, daughter-in-law Priscilla and grandsons Maximilian, Alexander, and Charles, brothers John and Steve, and sister Margaret as well as numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, over forty nieces and nephews, and many grand-nieces and nephews. Services will be held August 24th at 11:00am at St. Justin Church, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara 95051. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of the Valley or the charity of your choice


  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Philip Robert Amend

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September 12, 2013

My sincere condolences to Eleanor and David. We have never met but we all know Phil. I had but a couple of years socializing with Phil as we shared both Beloit and Notre Dame connections (I was a St. Mary's girl.) He was fun in spirit and Faith. His family has deep roots in Beloit. I grew up attending St.Peter's in South Beloit and wondered in my youth about the stained glass window titled Amend. Were they going to change it? Phil enlightened me! I will think of Phil as I watch the upcoming ND/Purdue game. Which is why I searched for him. I am so sad that he is gone.

April 11, 2012

Found out about Phil through the Spring edition of the NOTRE DAME MAGAZINE. Phil and I were classmates at UND and were close as the EE class consisted of about 25 students. Phil will always be remembered as a friend and man who honored the ND traditions and values.

John Imperial, ND 1963

David Amend

August 30, 2011

Dear Eleanor and Dan,

We are greatly sorry for you loss. Our hearts go out to the family in this time of need. Uncle Phil will be missed dearly by many. He left many people with cherished memories of the time spent with them. Your family is in our prayers.

Love always,

David, Tina & children

John Scott

August 30, 2011

Phil was my boss, friend and mentor at Britton-Lee in Santa Clara during the 1980's. I have only fond memories of him and Eleanor. Phil was a generous and kind soul who made a difference in my life. We shared many long conversations. Fortunately, I was able to express my love to him recently. Eleanor, you and Phil are in my heart.

Tony Mollica

August 25, 2011

Phil, Thanks for your kindness and teaching me about courage.
You will be missed and thought of at 9:22 am every Tuesday.

Marcus Chenier

August 24, 2011

Dear Aunty El and Dan,

It grieves me that I can't be with you today an share in the remembrance of uncle Phil. It frustrates me that I am only a five hour drive away today, and am physically closer than I have ever been. But if uncle Phil taught me anything, it was to realize that there is more than one way to look at things. I learned that lesson in Thunder Bay, at Birch Beach. When uncle Phil took me aside and taught me to recite the alphabet in reverse. That day he helped me understand that there is always another way, or a different view. And in that I am happy to remember him this way, and to send my love to you. Although I can't be with you today you are in m thoughts, and I know that the man may be gone, but his examples and stories will live on amongst our friends and families.
I lobe you all, and miss you uncle Phil.

Marcus Chenier

Jim Huber

August 23, 2011

Dear Eleanor and Dan-
What a wonderful tribute to Phil on the website. We will always remember that smile--for it was part of him. Indeed, I cannot ever recall seeing Phil when he wasn't smiling. He brought joy to all of us.

Our hearts go out to you and the family. Hopefully we will see you next summer as we're planning a family reunion in Beloit in July.

A contribution in Phil's name has been made to Hospice of the Valley, Santa Clara County.

Mort and Sue Huber and family
Dan and Pat Huber and family
Jim and Joyce Huber and family

Cory Dieno

August 23, 2011

Dear Aunty El, Dan, Priscilla and boys,

I was very sorry to hear about Uncle Phil passing and am sending you my deepest condolences. I'm sorry that I can't be with you tomorrow to say goodbye. When I saw the family picture that you sent to everyone on the long weekend at Birch Beach, I was glad to see that Uncle Phil still had that big, one of a kind smile on his face. I couldn't help but smile right along with him. I will always remember his sense of humor, the few times that I was lucky enough to play a round of golf with him, and having him ride along with me in the grain truck at harvest time in Saskatchewan offering his advise on how to procure the neighbors land! He was a good man and will be greatly missed.
All our love,
Cory, Brandi, Julia, and Dylan.

Bill Vass

August 23, 2011

Dear Eleanor, Dan, Priscilla and family.

I'm sorry I can't be with you tomorrow for the celebration of Phil's life. I appreciated being able to see him a few weeks ago when Cathie and I were in Santa Clara. I particularly enjoyed seeing that as ill as he was, he had not lost his touch in providing ongoing commentary about Eleanor's choice of route to the restaurant. I am also very greatful that I had the opportunity to have one last short visit with Phil to say our goodbye's in person. As you gather for the service tomorrow remember that Jesus says that when two or more are gathered in my name, I am in their midst. May the calming hand of the Lord be upon you all tomorrow to bring you peace and strenght

Mike and Laura Monahan

August 22, 2011

Dear Aunt El;
Laura and I are very sorry for your loss. We were so glad that you and Phil could make it back to Wisconsin last year. It was great to have all of the Amend uncles and aunts together, for one last celebration. It reminded me of when we were kids and we would all get together at Lake Delavan for summer vacations.
It was wonderful that Phil was in good heatlh and great spirits the last time he was here; that is how we will always remember him.
Mike and Laura