Mrs. Marjorie Christine Pfenenger, age 81, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Adam Street Senior Living Center.
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She was born on July 11, 1939 in Jefferson City, Mo. the daughter of Louis Theodore and Veronica Ann (Bax) Gerling. Marjorie was married on August 17, 1957 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church to Richard Joseph Pfenenger, Sr., who preceded her in death on May 31, 1979.
A lifelong resident of the Central Missouri area, Marjorie was part of the first graduating class at Helias High School in 1957.
Marjorie started working for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, later purchased by Sprint, and most recently known as Embarq. There, she worked as a Clerk for Long Distance and Local Operators until her retirement on October 30, 1999. After retirement, Marjorie worked at Scholastic and in the Jefferson City High School Cafeteria.
Marjorie was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #5 and a faithful member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Marjorie was very creative and enjoyed sewing and doing crafts. Marjorie loved being outdoors where she maintained a beautiful garden and a manicured lawn and landscaping. She liked watching sports on TV, especially the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals. Marjorie was a Sunday regular at the American Legion where she was able to socialize and watch the NASCAR race. She had a soft spot in her heart for animals, especially her beloved cats. Most of all, she cherished the time that she spent with her family. Nothing was more important to her than the love of her family. She will be most remembered for her quiet nature, subtle sense of humor, and her heart of gold.
Survivors include: two sons, Richard Joe Pfenenger, Jr. (wife, Jackie) of Jefferson City, Mo., and Daniel Pfenenger of Jefferson City, Mo.; one daughter-in-law, Jennie Pfenenger, of Jefferson City, Mo.; three sisters, Dorothy Neeley of Jefferson City, Mo., Mildred Beauchamp of Mexico, Mo., and Mary Jane Lock (husband, Ralph) of Bland, Mo.; one brother-in-law Gus Lock of Lewisville, Tx.; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Gerling of New Bloomfield, Mo., and Mary Neeley, of Jefferson City, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Robert Zaring (wife, Esta) of Jefferson City, Mo., Nicholas Veltrop of Jefferson City, Mo., Christopher Steele (wife, Lauren) of Jefferson City, Mo., Ricky Pfenenger of Jefferson City, Mo., Christina Schipper (husband, Danny) of Holts Summit, Mo., Kimberly Pfenenger of Jefferson City, Mo., Crystal Pfenenger (fiancé Jamie) of Jefferson City, Mo., and Paige Pfenenger of Jefferson City, Mo.; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her loving husband; her parents; two daughters, Cynthia Sutton and Marjorie “Ann” Richardson; one son, John Pfenenger; five brothers, Ed Gerling, Norbert Gerling, Leon Gerling, Leroy Gerling, and Theodore Gerling; two sisters, Norma Buckley, and Lucille Lock; three brothers-in-law, Frank Beauchamp, Bob Neeley, and John Buckley; and two sisters-in-law, Hazel Gerling and Jane Gerling.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 9:30 am until 10:30 am. The general public is welcome to attend the visitation while following social distancing guidelines.
Funeral services will be conducted in the Freeman Chapel on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:30 am with the Reverend Don Antweiler officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at Resurrection Cemetery.
A webcast of the service will begin at 10:15 am Wednesday for friends that are not able to attend by going to her memorial page on Freeman Mortuary’s website. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to her family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Samaritan Center.