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Donabelle EIZINGER

Female 1920 - 2013  (93 years)

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  • Name Donabelle EIZINGER 
    Born 10 Jun 1920  Warsaw, Kosciusko County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 5 Aug 2013  Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Obituary <>:

      Mrs. Donabelle Pfeiffer, 93, of Rochester passed away at 1:17 PM, Monday, August 5th, at her home.

      Born in Warsaw, on June 10, 1920, Donabelle was the precious daughter of George Allen and Florence M. Knepper Eizinger. As the middle sibling she shared her childhood with her older sister, Treva and younger brother Dale.

      Don Pfeiffer and Donabelle Eizinger were classmates attending the Tippecanoe High School. It was during their sophomore year that they first became acquainted. The summer prior to their senior year a mutual admiration became apparent. With great pride they graduated together with their class in May of 1938. They continued to date while she attended Warren Beauty School in Ft. Wayne, graduated and apprenticed in Elkhart and Warsaw.

      On December 3, 1939, in Tippecanoe, Donabelle married her best friend and the love of her life , Donald E. Pfeiffer. Their union of nearly 74 years, produced a beautiful daughter and two handsome sons. Over the years three more generations were added to the family tree.

      For nearly 66 years Pfeiffer's lived in Newcastle Township and the Rochester community. Donabelle took great pride being a devoted mother and the wife of a farmer with a great tradition embracing all of her domestic responsibilities. From her kitchen command post, she enjoyed cooking, baking and the preparation of a feast for her family and all of the hired help to enjoy after a challenging day in the fields. This versatile and amazing, yet elegant lady drove the tractors and drove the grain trucks to town enjoying many pounds of Wilson's peanuts over the years.

      The Pfeiffer family farm encompassed 1000 acres planted in corn, soybeans, wheat, oats and peas. There were up to 75 registered Holsteins to milk, 7 or 8 Black Angus, a few pigs and a variety of geese and chickens. One year they enjoyed the company of some 4-H lambs. Each year the family put out a huge garden that consisted of vegetables, flowers and strawberries. The autumn brought on a bountiful harvest with Donabelle heading the freezing and canning department, making jams and jellies and preserving the produce for winter's use. They also shared with many special friends. If Donabelle wasn't in the kitchen she might be found at the ironing board with her cup of coffee watching her favorite afternoon TV shows or at the keyboard of their piano, playing for her personal enjoyment.

      A woman of great faith, Donabelle was an active member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church. She served her church as deaconess, Bible School and Sunday School teacher and was active in the women's ministry. She began each day with reading her Bible. In addition to being a 4-H leader during her children's youth, she volunteered with the Woodlawn Hospital Ladies Auxiliary for 22 years and was a member of the Pleasant Valley Home Economics Club.

      Friends and family were always welcome at the Pfeiffer home. Donabelle always had fresh coffee brewing and many times a warm baked delicacy to offer while they sat at the kitchen table chatting and enjoying a few laughs. To relax Donabelle enjoyed handiwork. She was an accomplished seamstress, created accents for her home with crewel and made gifts of warmth crocheting colorful afghans for family and special friends.

      The Pfeiffer's were wonderful, stealth community supporters thru the decades. They were always there for their children, grandchildren and the "great-grands" athletic events, music programs and concerts. They were avid Zebra season ticket holders. Attending community dinners, visiting the 4-H Fair were events they enjoyed. In recent years they could be seen all about town dining out.

      As the matriarch of the Pfeiffer family, Donabelle was always there to share her love, wisdom give advice supporting the 5 generations she oversaw with her loving husband Don. Together this dynamic duo set the BEST example for family, friends and acquaintances to follow: a fairy tale life of nearly 74 years of love, dedication and devotion, sticking together as a team through the good times and some tough times too. They always had a smile, exhibited a positive attitude as the persevered through each day.

      Donabelle is lovingly remembered by her husband Don; a daughter, Randy Hartman and husband Reg of Warsaw; two sons: Wally Pfeiffer and wife Terry of Rochester, and Mike Pfeiffer and wife Maureen of Rochester; 8 grandchildren: Ed Pfeiffer and wife Wendy, Bill Pfeiffer and wife Staci, Jody McCall and husband Matt, all of Rochester, Tammy Davis and husband Ray, Chad Hartman, both of Warsaw, Cary Hartman and wife Michelle of Akron, Christina Sears and husband Jeff of Cicero, and Alison Pfeiffer of Noblesville; 15 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter; 4 sister-in-laws Nanette Eizinger of Rochester, Betty DeMein of Macy, Marilyn Miller and husband Keith of Elkhart, Joan Tharp and husband Bob of South Bend; and several nieces and nephews who also survive.

      Preceding Donabelle in death are her parents, a great grandson at birth, a sister Treva Ritenour, and a brother Dale Eizinger.

      Pastors Phil Pratt, Junior Bose and Rod Ruberg will officiate services. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.
    Person ID I2074  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 3 Jun 2020 

    Father George EIZINGER 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Florence KNEPPER 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F3777  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
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    Last Modified 3 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F1621  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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