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Elizabeth Pfeifle, 97

Elizabeth Forney Pfeifle, age 97, of Cokato and Pillager, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010.

A service will take place Friday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. at the 1st Baptist Church in Pillager, with a time to greet the family one hour prior to the service.

Elizabeth was born Dec. 15, 1913, in Jefferson, SD, to Paul Everett and Henrietta (Yetta) Wengert Forney. She lived in Canning, SD, and graduated from high school in Canning in 1931.

She then attended nursing school in Sioux City, IA, graduating in 1935. Elizabeth worked as a nurse for many years, including at TB Sanitarium in Custer, SD.

Elizabeth met Filmore Pfeifle in South Dakota in 1947, and they were wed March 2, 1948.

Their son, James, was born in Wagner, SD. They then moved to southwestern Minnesota, where Filmore taught school and coached athletics.

It was while they were living in Ruthton that their daughter, Jane, was born. They moved to Pillager, in 1956, where they lived until 2002. They then moved to Cokato.

While in Pillager, Filmore became superintendent of schools, and Elizabeth became involved at school, directing school plays for several years, feeding the basketball teams each year at the start of the tournaments, and was also sought out as a resource for anyone needing medical attention because of her previous nursing experience. She was involved in her church, teaching Sunday school, leading Bible school, directing the junior choir, and serving as the church organist and the church treasurer for many years.

Most importantly, she instilled her love of the Lord in her children. She was a wonderful example to all around her. And, she had a wicked sense of humor!

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Filmore; an infant son, David; brothers Fritz, Jim, and Bill; and sisters Gretchen and Kay.

She is survived by her son, James (Gail) and their sons, Nathan and Alex of Cokato; and daughter Jane (Steve) Norby of Wayzata.