Pfeiffer, Jeanne H.
Jeanne H. Pfeiffer, 81, of Coralville, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at Windmill Manor in Coralville following a period of declining health.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 11, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City, where there will be a period of visitation one hour before the services at the church. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.
Jeanne was born Aug. 24, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Vincent and Genevieve (Altman) Sowle.She was raised in Dubuque by her grandmother, Terese Wuchott, and aunt, Vivian (Sowle) O’Dell.Jeanne graduated in 1948 from Dubuque Senior High, where she was active in chorus, YWCA, volleyball and the Red Cross.In 1958, Jeanne began working as a nurse’s aide at the State Sanatarium at Oakdale. In 1981, Jeanne transferred to the position of environmental aide at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, working there until her retirement in 1990.
While working at Oakdale, Jeanne met Ralph N. Pfeiffer and they were united in marriage at the Missouri synod Lutheran Church in Iowa City on March 12, 1959.
Jeanne and Ralph loved to travel and spent many years vacationing throughout the United States. She was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City and enjoyed reading, crocheting, embroidering, and shopping.
Jeanne is survived by her sister, Patricia, (Thomas) Marten of Dubuque; sister, Lois (Fran) Buse of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; brother, James (Linda) Sowle of Galena, Ill.; a very special first cousin, Naida (Don) Humke of Dubuque; stepson, Luther (Sherrie) of Mount Pleasant; stepson, Lee (Sherry) of Oskaloosa; stepdaughter, Julia (Dennis) Herman of North Liberty; 11 stepgrandchildren; 30 stepgreat-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, husband, two sisters and a stepdaughter.
Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gay
Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Jeanne’s family and her services.
Published June 9, 2012 in The Gazette