Mildred (Staab) Pfannenstiel, 94, Leawood, formerly of Great Bend and Hays, died Saturday, June 27, 2020. She was born Sept. 18, 1925, in Catharine to John C. and Christina (Schmeidler) Staab. She grew up on a farm near Catharine, northeast of Hays. She graduated from Girls Catholic High School (now Thomas More Prep-Marian High) in 1943 and attended Mount St. Scholastica College (now Benedictine College) pursuing a degree in biology.

Upon returning to Hays, she worked at the Hays Daily News as a copy editor. She married Alvin F. Pfannenstiel in 1949 and they were married nearly 65 years before he preceded her in death in 2014. They were also business partners, owning two grocery stores, one in Ellis, then Al's College Market in Hays. Following that, they owned and operated the Airliner Motel in Great Bend for 18 years. They shared in many of the day to day elements of owning a business. She managed the internal details, while he handled the operations. They retired in 1986, and resided in Great Bend until 2005, when they moved to Leawood. They continued their involvement in the farming business with the Staab family.

She was a member of Cure of Ars Church (Leawood). She was a former parishioner of St. Patrick in Great Bend and an active member/officer of the Daughters of Isabella.

Survivors include a son, Don and daughter-in-law, Mitzi Martin Pfannenstiel; two grandchildren, Kenedy and Campbell Pfannenstiel, Leawood; a brother, Francis "Frank" Staab and sister-in-law, Kathy Staab, Hays; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her siblings and their spouses, Mary (Clarence) Bell, Benno Staab and Virgil (Wilma) Staab; and a sister-in-law, Myra Staab.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Catherine Church, Catharine, (seven miles northeast of Hays); burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday with a combined vigil/rosary at 7 p.m., both at Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 6760 and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to St. Teresa's Academy (Cares Program), in care of The Pfannenstiel Family, 5600 Main, Kansas City, Mo., 64113.

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