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Mary Pfanenstiel

By The Mercury

Mary Pfanenstiel died Thursday at her home in Dallas surrounded by her daughters. Mary was born in Manhattan on June 26, 1938 to William A. Patzell Sr. and Mary Dale Patzell.

The family provided some of the following information.

Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband of 43 years, Walter J. Pfanenstiel, and by her parents. She grew up surrounded by flowers and continued to be a lover of all things floral for her entire life. The Patzell family was a prominent source for the floral industry in Manhattan. Mary received formal training from the Colorado School of Floral Design. She graduated from Luckey High School in Manhattan, attended Kansas State University and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

Mary and Walt married in 1957 and had four children. She worked as a secretary at Fort Riley Army Base while he attended college. In 1961, they moved to Dallas and were among the founding families of the St. Monica Catholic Parish. After her children were in school, Mary pursued her career goals in public accounting at Computer Business Service, an early leader of computerized printed financial statements.

She worked her way up to the head of the accounting department and retired in the mid 1980s to assist Walt in business over the next 18 years. They were a great team.

In 1996, they retired to the charming mountain village of Redstone, Colo., where they enjoyed many friendships. Walt and Mary traveled extensively and Mary continued this passion with each of her children after Walt’s death in 2001.

Mary was a strong woman who chose to view life’s challenges with a positive eye. She was an avid bridge player and an enthusiastic supporter of stage productions, especially those on Broadway.

It was her love of God, family and friends that gave her life meaning. Her favorite guilty pleasure was the pride that she felt for her children and grandchildren. Mary is survived by her son, Michael Pfanenstiel and wife Yvonne; daughters and husbands Mari and Charlie Richmond, Kaydene and Tom Ward, Karen and Jerry White; 10 grandchildren; and brother, William and wife Venita Patzell.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 22,  at 10 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas. The family will receive friends Monday, April 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas.

The family will also receive friends on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan. A Christian Wake Service and Rosary will be at 3 p.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday. Interment will follow in the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.

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