Helaine Mundt "Leni" Pfeiffer
Helaine "Leni" Mundt Pfeiffer
HAMILTON - Helaine "Leni" Mundt Pfeiffer, 78, formerly of Bergenfield, NJ, and Hamilton, NY, died on Friday, March 22, 2019.
A graduate of Hamilton High School and the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Ohio, Leni pursued a career in music that led her back to Hamilton High School as a music teacher. She continued to teach in Bergenfield, NJ, after her marriage to John Pfeiffer in 1982.
Dedicated to and admired by her students, Leni extended her professional career by contributing her skills to orchestras in Cleveland, OH, and Syracuse and Utica, NY. Her annual selection to the Potsdam-Saratoga Chorus was her favorite, joining each year with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra for a weekend of music at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Predeceased by her husband in 2012, Leni is survived by two stepdaughters, Lynn Evans and Kim Bambara, in New Jersey; two brothers, George (Newark Valley, NY) and Dirk (Lancaster, VA); and a sister, Anne Marie "Mimi" Mundt Thomas (Woodlawn, VA). In addition, many nieces and nephews who were the recipients of violas, violins and cellos bestowed by a loving and generous aunt.
A private family service will be held at a future date.
Memorial donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Published by The Observer-Dispatch from Mar. 31 to Apr. 4, 2019.
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Oh Dirk. I am so very sorry Losing a sibling is very difficult. I lost mine last month also. Hugs and prayers.
Bev Keyes
Bev Keyes
May 5, 2019
I will miss my life long friend, my mentor and of course my cello teacher. I'm blessed to have had her lead me to my love of music. I'm so glad my Dad hired her to teach in Hamilton. Many good times, family visits, swimming in her parents pool, music competition, cello lessons, feeding her dog, and later our chuckles about our crazy parents! Luv u Leni
Marilyn Douglass
April 16, 2019
I have fond memories of Ms. Mundt as my first music teacher ever. Her patience with me as a student (in Kindergarten!and beyond) of Violin was paramount and I can still hear her voice in my mind guiding us with little sing songs and instructions. How many lives she must have touched in such a positive way! Prayers for peace for family and many thanks to her for sparking light in her students.
Stacie (Heck) Fitzgerald
April 5, 2019
I will remember her as a wonderful friend who was like a big sister to me in my teens. She was a friend, a confidant, a mentor, and a role model. I was very fortunate to have her in my life at that time.
Debra (Phoenix) Kellogg
April 4, 2019
Will always remember her as a great music teacher at HCS back in the 70's!
Claudia Roedl
April 2, 2019
Many years ago Helaine was a patient of Dr Reitz and I was his nurse. I remember Helaine so vividly. She was dynamic with a smile that lit up the office!
I always enjoyed talking to her when she came in. She was a favorite patient of mine.
I am so very sorry for your loss.
Karen Voss Makuch
April 1, 2019
My condolences to the family for your loss. May the God of all comfort "who binds up the brokenhearted and comfort those who mourn" sustain your family during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1,2

My deepest sympathy
Evelina Z
March 31, 2019
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