Alice Pfander 93, of Marshalltown, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Bickford Cottages in Marshalltown, while under the care of Iowa River Hospice. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at First United Church of Christ in Marshalltown, Iowa. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery in Clarinda, at approximately 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to First United Church of Christ, Marshalltown; Iowa River Hospice or to the Salvation Army. For condolences or questions please visit; www.mitchellfh.com.
Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Alice and her family.
Alice Louella Genevieve Pfander was born on Nov. 20, 1918, in Clarinda; she was the daughter of Arthur and Hattie (Troy) Pfander. Alice attended rural schools through the eighth grade where she was the valedictorian of the county; she then attended Clarinda High School graduating in 1933 at the age of 16. Alice attended Clarinda Junior College and then went to Park College in Missouri graduating in 1937. Her first teaching job was in Massena, Mo., after two years she accepted a position in Corning and she then moved to Marshalltown in 1957 where she taught math at Miller Middle School until her retirement. Alice was a charter member in Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority and was honored at its 50th anniversary celebration in 2011 for being a member for 61 years. Alice was active in the Teachers Association and in her church.
Alice loved writing poems, working soduku puzzles and cryptograms. She enjoyed traveling to Colorado with her sister many summers. She loved to read particularly history and mystery novels. Alice supported many children through World Children's Fund for decades and cherished much pleasure from their correspondence.
Left to cherish her memory is her niece, Sharon Hays, of Mason City; great nieces: Denise Hays (Donnie Hingeveld), of Spring Valley, Minn., Kelly McDonough (Denis Chernyshov), of Rochester, Minn., Shana (Jerry) Jeffrey, of Rockwell, Siobhan (Tom) Mayer, of Essex Junction, Vt.; grand- nieces: Cheyenne (Grant) Peterson, of Sheffield, Kendra Newton, of Marshalltown, Iowa, Kelli Jeffrey of Mason City, Iowa, Siera Jeffrey of Rockwell, Iowa, April Jeffrey of Cedar Fall, Iowa, Katia Chernyshov of Madison, Wis., and grand-nephew Alex Schuler, of Rochester, Minn., and many other great nieces and nephews.
In death Alice rejoins her parents, her sister, Mildred McDonough, her nephews; Richard D. Hays and Don McDonough and a great nephew, Dale K. Hays.