Patricia Elizabeth Pfeffer, 54, was born in Fairbanks on the day Alaskans voted to become the 49th state. Patty died in the early morning of Oct. 1, 2012, surrounded by family.
On June 29, 1958, John and Helen Pfeffer welcomed their fifth (and favorite) child into the family. It was the night the Chena River ran green. In honor of statehood, the river was to turn gold in celebration but to no avail. Ever since then she has loved the color green, the Green Bay Packers and frogs.
Raised in Alaska, she lived in Galena, Mount Edgecumbe, Northway, Delta Junction, Fairbanks and North Pole. She graduated from high school in Delta Junction at another historical time, 1976. She went on to get her associate degree in accounting at Peninsula Community College in Port Angeles, Wash. Upon her return, she spent the next 23 years serving the state of Alaska with the Department of Transportation in various capacities, most of which were at the Fairbanks International Airport.
Patty took pleasure in spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed taking part in her nieces' and nephews' special events. She engaged with them in a teasing manner where humor spoke love. She showed her enthusiasm for the Green Bay Packers by donning her cheesehead and waving her banner.
Some of the activities she enjoyed were cooking, canning and needlework. Patty's dogs, Saloon, 14, and Curtsy, 12, made her family complete. She loved her time with them and they miss her very much.
Her celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Immaculate Conception Church with a fellowship of friends and family to follow.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Pfeffer of Sequim, Wash.
She is survived by her mother, Helen Pfeffer, also of Sequim; siblings, Penny Pfeffer of Washington and Alaska, John (Cheryle) Pfeffer of North Pole, Bob Pfeffer of Fairbanks, Mary Schwetz of Sequim, Wash., Loretta (Kelly) Goneau of Tok, Bill Pfeffer of Fairbanks, Teresa (Dave) Parker of Fairbanks, and Jill (Mike) Yrjana of Valdez; her adopted sister, Judy Parker; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, dogs and frogs.
The family would like to thank Dr. J. Cox, the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital as well as the staff at Swedish and Olympic medical centers for their gentle care and compassion. Patty was touched by all the visits and phone calls from all the special people in her life.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Immaculate Conception Soup Kitchen that has been serving the homeless in Fairbanks for years.
Condolences can be sent to Helen Pfeffer at P.O. Box 984, Sequim, WA 98382.
Sleep well, sleep well, Rest your souls where angels dwell, Hold some dreams that you can tell, To those who don't know angels well, Sleep well, sleep well.
Arrangements entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.