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Anthony PIFER


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PIFER, Anthony
Anthony Joseph Pifer (DeMario), August 16, 1964 - October 3, 2015 - Tony Pifer, 51, of Sunset Valley, was promoted to heaven on October 3, 2015, after a 13 year battle with brain tumors. He displayed unbelievable faith and positive attitude despite the hardships that this terrible disease brought to him and his family. Tony possessed a gentle spirit, tenacious work ethic, forgiving heart, enduring creativity, steadfast devotion, and above all, enormous love. He was born to Loretta Jean Mulder and Constantino Anthony DeMario on August 16, 1964 in Glendale, California. He was adopted by John Nicholas Pifer, Sr. on September 21, 1978 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tony found his soulmate in Ruth Ann Snyder on September 28, 1985 in Rockford, Michigan. They were blessed with two wonderful sons, Jonathan David Pifer in 1996, and Zachary Tobias Pifer in 1998, both in Austin, Texas. He is survived by his wife and two sons, and also by his brother, James Anthony Pifer, wife Sue and sons Nick, Jason, Tim and Alex, of Runnels, Iowa, his aunt, Marcia Fredline, husband Wayne of Sparta, Michigan, his stepdad, Dave Roskiewicz of Cedar Springs, Michigan, his in-laws, Ruth and Jerome Kolek of Plantersville, Texas, and too many dear friends and extended family to mention. He Graduated Rockford High School in 1982, Austin Community College in 1992, and the University of Texas in 1998. He served in the US Air Force 1986-1989, and the US Air Force Reserve 1989-1995. He was a past employee of Rockford IGA, FedEx, Jian Hua Foundation Hong Kong, Eanes ISD, Austin ISD, International Christian School Hong Kong, and Round Rock ISD. He was a founding member of the Austin Christian Arts Fellowship, long time member of the Lone Star Corvair Club, Chaplain and Assistant Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 31, coach with Western Hills Little League, and member of various committees in the City of Sunset Valley. His continuous church membership included Bella Vista Church, Believers Bible Fellowship, Hope Chapel, Doxology, The Vine of Hong Kong, Church of the Hills, and Cathedral of Praise. Tony's life was marked by creativity with his hands and his heart. With his hands he made fine wood furniture, ceramics, and culinary delights. With his heart he formed bonds with hundreds of coworkers, students, neighbors, and family through his generous smile, listening eyes, gentle spirit, and gifts in hospitality. To his students he was the "Head Panda" who brought great creativity and amazing patience to every school day. To his family, he will always be the most loving, caring, and understanding father and husband. His life message was, "God is Good All the Time." Memorial Service for Tony Pifer will be on Sunday, October 11, at 3pm CST, at Cathedral of Praise Church, 3406 Tarlton Ln., Austin, TX 78746. Those unable to attend in person can attend in realtime by LiveStream: http://copaustin.com/live-streaming Tony loved the outdoors and especially his garden. In lieu of flowers, please send perennials for Tony's Memorial Garden to: 28 Pillow Road, Sunset Valley, TX 78745. Due to the burden of multiple brain surgeries, radiation treatments, chemotherapies, and numerous alternative therapies, please consider the needs of the family by making a donation to the Pifer boys college fund at: https://aplusfcu.org/get-an-education/mygrad
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2015
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