Pfanenstiel, Mary F. Patzell MARY PFANENSTIEL passed away on April 17, 2014 at her home surrounded by her daughters. Mary was born in Manhattan, Kansas on June 26, 1938 to parents William A. Patzell, Sr. and Mary Dale Patzell. 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 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, Texas 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 1980's in order to assist Walt in business over the next 18 years and were a great team. In 1996 they retired to the charming mountain village of Redstone, Colorado 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, brother William and wife Venita Patzell. Funeral services will be held Tuesday April 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church. The family will receive friends Monday April 21 at 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m at Sparkman Hillcrest. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan, KS.
Published in Dallas Morning News from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2014