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Leona (Wasinger) Pfeifer

December 31, 1929 ~ January 28, 2019 (age 89)

Leona Pfeifer

Leona Pfeifer, 89, Hays, died Monday, January 28, 2019 at the Methodist Nursing Home in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

She was born December 31, 1929 in Hays the daughter of Fidelis and Theckla (Schumacher) Wasinger.  She graduated from Schoenchen High School and received her Bachelor and Masters degrees from Fort Hays State University.  On October 15, 1960 she was united in marriage to Edward W. Pfeifer at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Munjor, Kansas.  He preceded her in death on January 11, 2012.  She taught at Hays High School and was a German Language Professor at Fort Hays State University for many years.  She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR).  She enjoyed genealogy, gardening, bowling, spending time with her grandchildren, and she loved to travel.

Survivors include a daughter; Carol Harrison and husband Jeremy of Roland, Oklahoma, a brother; William Wasinger and wife Rose of Wichita, a granddaughter; Kayla Smith and husband Jacob of Fort Smith, Arkansas, a grandson; Joshua Harrison of Roland, Oklahoma, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Munjor, Kansas. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 8:00 on Friday and from 8:30 am until 9:30 on Saturday, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street.  A vigil and rosary service will be at 6:30 pm on Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, St. Francis Cemetery Fund, or to AHSGR, in care of the funeral home.  Condolences and memories of Leona may be shared with the family at

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