Anita M. (Pfannenstiel) Pfeifer, 78, Hays, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at the Hays Medical Center.
Anita was born on March 29, 1934 in Hays, Kansas, to Casper and Georgine (Dreiling) Pfannenstiel.
Anita graduated from Girlâ€™s Catholic High in 1952. Anita married Peter V. Pfeifer on September 27, 1952. They were looking forward to celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this fall.
Anita was all about family. She was one of eight children and gave birth to seven children. She was teased her about being a â€ścityâ€ť girl but obviously learned all about farm life in the long hours she and Pete spent to keep a farm going and raise seven children there.
Anita was open to learning new things when her children were grown, she learned to sew, crochet, cross-stitch and do ceramics. When the thing to do was communicate online, she got a computer and sent emails and enjoyed seeing the grandkids and great-grandkids on FB.
Anita had prepared a many a meal in feeding the family and friends over the years and many of us depended on her making our favorites; chicken noodle soup, chicken and noodles, fried chicken, etc. We watched her perform her magic but ours never quite compared----I guess the â€śsecretâ€ť was all the love she added in making the dishes.
Anita was the one who visited the sick at the hospital and nursing homes. She prayed daily and kept many family and friends in those prayers. When her mother was still alive she and her siblings spent time each week with their mother and that always meant laughter. In celebration of her life we want to remember to laugh the sorrows away also because that was one of the gifts she gave to us.
Anita was busy all the time and she knew how to multi-task. She was wife, mother, nurse-maid, cook, and housekeeper. She bottle-fed calves, milked cows, drove harvest truck, butchered beef, pork, chickens, and drove the kids to and from school, sports and other events. She helped us study and learn and led by example. She loved her KC Royals and she knew the team stats and players ---just ask her grandsons.
Anita is survived by her husband Pete, seven children; son Steven and Denise Pfeifer and their children, Kim and Rick (Tristan, Wyatt, Westan) and daughter Melissa and John, stepchildren, Travis and Emily (Anna), Mike and Nicole (Ace and Kaden), Bryan and Krystal and Larry; Dennis and his wife, Janet, and their children, Jaime and Dave (Carter, Chloe and Coleman, son Dustin and Amber (Andre Paul, Maya Rose), daughter Jara (Dakota, Demitria, and Journee) and son Dexter; daughter Joyce Pfeifer and her daughter, Marissa, son Randy and Linda Pfeifer and their daughter, Brandy, daughter Karen and Dan Randa and their sons, Justin and Jordan and his wife, Beth (Ashlynn), daughter Diana and Gordon Lynn and their daughter Audrey and Joe (Tatum and Jett), and sons Trey and Austin, and son Keith and Cindy Pfeifer and their daughter, Kiana.
Anita is survived by her brothers Marvin and Maxine Pfannenstiel, Irvin and Corrine Pfannenstiel, Melvin and Cora Pfannenstiel, her sisters Darlene and Mark Bender, JoAnn and Bob Winkley, and Donna and Rich Harkness, and brother-in-law, Virgil Staab. She was preceded in death by her sister Wilma Staab.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Hays. There will be an Altar Society Christian Mothers rosary at 5:00 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 20th and Pine. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 3 until 8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Memorials have been established in her name and memory with the Building Fund at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church or for masses. Condolences to the family at www.haysmemorial.com