Dr. John Edgar Peifer
1932 - 2021
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NEW CUMBERLAND - John Edgar Peifer, D. Ed., 88, of New Cumberland, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. He was the widower of Marian (Romberger) Peifer, Ph.D.

He was born Dec. 14, 1932, in Danville, a son of the late Verdine H. and Margaret M. (Graeber) Peifer, and grew up in Shamokin.

He was a 1950 graduate of Shamokin High School and later graduated from Penn State University in 1957, where he majored in education and biology. He later received a Doctorate of Education from Penn State in 1962. He was also an active member of the Chi Phi college fraternity at Penn State.

During his time at Penn State, he met Marian Romberger, and they married Dec. 31, 1956.

He retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in 1986, where he held several positions over 16 years, including senior staff associate; chief, Division of Private Schools; chief, Private Academic Schools; coordinator for special projects; and education evaluation advisor. From 1966 through 1969, he was an assistant professor of education at the University of Delaware. He also served as an instructor of developmental reading at Cedar Cliff High School from 1961 to 1965.

Some of his professional organizations and honors include the American Educational Research Association; Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Development; International Reading Association; National Education Association; Pennsylvania State Education Association; Phi Delta Kappa, chairman of the research committee; Leaders in Education; vice president of National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools. He was also a long-time member of the Harris Ferry Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

John was the consummate Penn State sports fan and he loved going to events and tailgating with family and friends. He held season tickets until his health prevented him from being able to attend games. He also enjoyed going fishing, bird watching and spending time at his summer home in Huntingdon County with family and friends.

John is survived by his daughter, Marian P. "Mimi" Clark (Thomas), of Mechanicsburg; his son, James R. Peifer, of New Cumberland; and his granddaughter, Kathryn Clark Turner (Greydon), of Landisburg.

PEIFER - John Edgar Peifer, D. Ed., 88, of New Cumberland. A viewing was held Thursday at Parthemore Funeral Home followed by a graveside services at Paxtang Cemetery, in Swatara Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation or Appalachian Audubon Society. For more information or to send messages of condolence, go to www.parthemore.com.

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Published in The News Item on Feb. 6, 2021.
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February 6, 2021
On behalf of the Shamokin High School Class of 1950, I wish to offer our sympathy to John's family and special friends. May you find peace in knowing what a great guy he was.
Joan Wallish Muskey Class Rep.
February 5, 2021
Dear Peifer Family & Friends, We're saddened at the loss of your father & grandfather, Dr. John. He & wife Marian were a brilliant couple, & children Mimi & Jimmy were the kindest of neighbors. We recall Dr. John hiking around the block, keeping fit, even after retirement. He'd stop & say hi, & give us a good chuckle with his quick wit, leaving us laughing as he walked.

In later years, he'd wave to us from his lawn chair, enjoying the summer sun. A few times we'd sit together, & he'd offer a cold beer. Dr. John would entertain us with stories, in language erudite & hilarious. He spoke of his childhood - climbing the coal banks in Shamokin, & learning to play pool. He became an ace at the pool hall, & continued winning enough to defray college "expenses" ;)

He loved his children, & talked of his daugher, Mimi, & her family. He was proud of her accomplishments, & how busy she was with his granddaughter, Kathryn.

Of course Jimmy was his big right hand man. We neighbors saw Jimmy every day, caring for his dad, & keeping the Peifer home looking beautiful. Whether driving to an appointment, a game, or to a nice steak dinner, Jimmy handled all of the details with aplomb. That's the inspirational love which Dr. John bestowed upon his family, & his family bestowed to the neighborhood.

God bless you, Dr. John Edgar Peifer. We'll remember your keen mind, your wave, & your ability bring a smile.
Marlene, Tom (Jr.), Kathy, & Kelly Ross
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