Alberta Pfannenstiel, born March 15, 1936, passed away December 22, 2017 in her home surrounded by her family.
Alberta and her identical twin sister Albertina were born in their parent’s farm home, in Ellis county. Alberta married Marvin Pfannenstiel on April 30, 1956 and settled on Marvin’s family farm west of Antonino, KS. Alberta and Marvin adopted four children through Catholic Charities; Kathleen, Douglas, Michelle and Michael. They lived on the farm until 1970 when they moved to Hays.
Marvin passed away June 26,1975, leaving Alberta to raise the children. Alberta worked hard and raised their children. She worked as a janitor at Kennedy Middle School, Travenol, So Fro Fabrics, Hays Medical Center, Wal-Mart and TMP-Marian. Alberta was a master seamstress and sewed for countless clients, family and friends.
Alberta is survived by her four children; Kathy McClain of Salina, Douglas Pfannenstiel of Hays, Michelle Pfannenstiel of Salina and Michael Pfannenstiel and wife Lori of Berthoud, CO. She has 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, three sisters; Melinda Lang of Hays, Alice Fisher and husband Cyril of Hays, and Albertina (Tina) Rohleder and husband Valarius of Abilene, plus many nieces and nephews.
Alberta was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Pfannenstiel, her parents Nick and Lidwina Geist, a sister Irene Windholz, and her brother Alfred Geist.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1805 Vine Street with Fr. Barry Brinkman officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 on Wednesday and from 9:00 am until 9:45 on Thursday, all at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street. A parish vigil service and rosary will be at 7:00 pm on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com.