Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA


Philip Von Iderstein

February 13, 1947July 9, 2019
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Philip Von Iderstein, 72, of Scituate and Marshfield passed away on July 9, 2019, after a yearlong illness. Philip was born on February 13, 1947, the son of the late Irl and Madeleine (Bailey) Von Iderstein. He was raised and educated in Scituate, and attended UMASS – Boston. He acquired his Plumbing and Master Plumber’s license and started his own business, Vonco Mechanical, which he operated for over 30 years. He grew up in a musical family and had a great love of singing. Phil was in the band, “The Features” during his high school years and won the Boston Battle of the Bands. He was a member of The Duxbury Players and performed in several productions. He was also a member of the Cohasset Congregational Church choir and the lead in their Gilbert and Sullivan shows. Phil was an avid golfer and a member of Scituate CC in the early 70’s and 80’s. He joined Hatherly CC in the 90’s and was an active member until his illness. He enjoyed planting and tending his vegetable gardens and sharing his ‘crop’.

He is survived by his wife Adelisa Barbosa; his children Cindia Norton of Scituate and her husband Paul; Erica Riley of Cohasset and her husband Michael; Laura Herrald of Hingham and her husband Tyler; Kyle Von Iderstein of Hingham and his wife, Casey (Haight). He will be sadly missed by his 8 grandchildren, his sister, Priscilla Cahill of Scituate, nieces and nephews, and his former wife, Mary Jean Von Iderstein of Marina Bay. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 4-8pm at the Richardson–Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Rd., Scituate, MA. The burial will be private for family in Hingham. In lieu of flowers, donations in Philip’s memory may be made to the Scituate Animal Shelter, 780 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy., Scituate, MA 02066.


15 July


4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

382 First Parish Rd
Scituate, Massachusetts 02066


Philip Von Iderstein

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Michael Donohue

July 15, 2019

It was with great sadness that I heard of Phil's passing.
I had the privilege and pleasure to be Phil's first apprentice in his new (at the time) business, Vonco Mechanical. Any success I have today is due to Phil and his family. They were a tremendous positive influence and fantastic teachers of both plumbing and history. Evan Bailey, Merrill Merrit, Irl and Phil would not only teach me what to do but why it needed to be that way. They were all hard but fair old Yankees. I can remember Evan Bailey seeing me in a ditch running pipe. He said to me "There is a man that's not afraid of work". [Me beaming, about to say thank you] "He'll stand right next to it!" Evan added. I'm pretty sure Phil is still laughing at that one.

Joanne Phinney

July 14, 2019

To The Family of Philip Von Iderstein: I am deeply saddened by the loss of Philip and was not aware of his illness. I spoke with Tilla yesterday and she updated me. I was married to Philip's late uncle, Irwin Von Iderstein (Dutch) and remember Philip during his youth. We attended his musical performances with his Mother Madeleine and Father Irl as well as a couple of baseball games. We watched him as he became a husband, father and grandfather as well as a well known plumber in his community. I am now living in Florida and will not be able to attend the services but Philip will be remembered in my prayers. My deepest sympathy is extended to the family.

Joanne Von Iderstein Phinney

Christine Morrisey

July 13, 2019

My dear Lisa. I don’t have the words to express how sad I am about Phil. I loved him as much as I love you. I always looked forward to time spent with the two of you, whether we were golfing, getting together with friends or just hanging out at your house. My heart is forever broken for you, your family and everyone that knew Phil. He will be missed. I hope all the beautiful memories you have carry you through the difficult times. Sending you all the love that I have Lisa. I know you’re heartbroken, but, I’m so happy you both found your “At Last” xoxo

Ted and Georgie Scott

July 12, 2019

How very saddened we are to learn about Phil’s passing. It seems like yesterday that he was sitting in our kitchen discussing our vegetables!!! What a tremendous garden he had!!! Teddy and I have many fond memories of yesteryear with Phil that we shall never forget. Our hearts are with the entire family and God Bless You. Deepest sympathies and love. Ted and Georgie

Billy Dowd

July 11, 2019

Dear Lisa, Cindia, MJ and all of The Von Iderstiens-I am so sorry for your loss. I don't need to tell you what a terrific guy Phil was and I will remember him with fond memories of days gone by. I am out of town and will be unable to make the services, but I will be thinking of you all with love. Billy Dowd

Bub Turner

July 11, 2019

We became friends in first grade. Phil was one of our group who built a cabin west the Rod and Gun Club, many many great memories

Christopher Parker

July 11, 2019

Phil and I became friends at Central Elementary School, Sunday School at the First Trinitarian Congregational Church, and later at Scituate Junior High and High Schools. Then, after a few years, we reconnected and spent a couple of fabulous college summers working on on Nantucket. Phil was a class act, blessed with a great sense of humor and joie de vivre.
Chris Parker