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Martina "Tina" (Pfannenstiel) Staab

March 22, 1923 ~ July 10, 2018 (age 95)

Martina “Tina” Staab

Martina “Tina” Staab, 95, Hays, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Via Christi Village.

She was born March 22, 1923 in Munjor, Kansas one of twelve children to Michael and Eva (Degenhardt) Pfannenstiel.  On November 10, 1941 she was united in marriage to Wendelin Staab at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Munjor.  They celebrated over 62 years of marriage prior to him preceding her in death on June 15, 2004.  Martina was a cook at St. Joseph Military Academy/TMP-Marian High School and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the St. Joseph Christian Mothers, and the St. Anthony Hospital/Hays Medical Center Auxiliary.  She was a “noodle lady”, a volunteer at the Community Assistance Center, and was a sample lady at Dillons Grocery Store.  She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, quilting, cooking and trying new recipes, and she also loved to travel. 

Survivors include two sons; Leon Staab and wife Ann and Tom Staab and wife Lenora, all of Hays, two daughters; Jolene Kreitler and husband Ralph of Greeley, CO and Margaret “Maggie” Leiker and husband Allen of Hays, two brothers; Frank Pfannenstiel and wife Celie and Marvin Pfannenstiel and wife Jane, all of Hays, a sister; Aggie Miller and husband Jim of Hays, two sisters-in-law; Esther Pfannenstiel of Billings, MT and Alice Gerstner of Hays, nine grandchildren; Christine Mellin and husband Rick, Laura Kreitler, Amy Gustafson and husband Marc, Jennifer Parsons and husband Bridger, Dara Thompson and husband Jason, Jared Staab and wife Julie, Ryan Leiker, Derek Leiker, and Austin Leiker, twelve great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wendelin, seven brothers; Victor, Eddie, Ted, Clarence, Julius, Walter, and Paul Pfannenstiel, and a sister; Marcella Eickbush. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 215 W. 13th, Hays, with Fr. Fred Gatschet officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 on Friday and from 9:00 am until 9:45 on Saturday, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street.  A scripture rosary will be at 6:00 followed by a vigil service at 6:30, both on Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Hays Community Assistance Center or to St. Joseph Catholic Church, and can be left in care of the funeral home.  Condolences and memories of Martina may be left for the family at

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