Cora Lee (Schmidt) Pfannenstiel, 82, Hays, died Friday, May 1, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society of Hays.

She was born June 22, 1937, north of Catharine to Alexius F. and Sibylla (Schmeidler) Schmidt. She grew up on the farm at Catharine, attended Catharine Grade School and was a 1955 graduate of Victoria High School. She received her nursing degree in 1958 from St. Anthony School of Nursing, and her BSN degree in 1973 from Fort Hays State University.

She married Melvin Pfannenstiel on Jan. 2, 1960, in Severian. She was a nurse for 43 years working at St. Anthony Hospital, Hays; Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend; and High Plains Mental Health Center, Hays, for over 30 years, until she retired in 2004. She was an Obstetrics-Newborn nurse, Orthopedic Supervisor Nurse, Recovery Room nurse, Medical/Surgical/Operating Room nurse, and a Community Outreach Consultant /Nurse Educator.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays, and Hays Nursing Club.

She gave grief recovery Seminars since 1981, was a volunteer Red Cross Nurse, HIV/AIDS Counselor and Educator Instructor, and KADACC /ADAS Certified.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; a son, Mark Pfannenstiel, of the home; and a daughter, Cindy Pfannenstiel, Pensnett, England.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Matthew Pfannenstiel.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays.

Family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in care of Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601.

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