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Erma Lee Pfeiffer

July 19, 1948 — January 30, 2020

Erma Lee Pfeiffer

Erma Lee Pfeiffer, age 71, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Lexington Regional Center, Lexington, Nebraska. She was born on July 19, 1948 on the family farm south of Arapahoe to Jay Thomas and Glady L. (Reitz) Utterback. Erma attended and graduated from Arapahoe High School with the class of 1966. Throughout high school she participated in 4-H showing cattle. Throughout her life she had a passion and love of sports. As a young woman she enjoyed bowling and playing softball. As her daughters grew, she began driving school bus for Arapahoe Public Schools. She did this for about 30 years. This allowed her to be present at all of their activities and sporting events. She was their #1 fan supporting and cheering them on. She then had the pleasure of following her grandchildren in their activities and sports events from football to basketball, volleyball, track, softball, and baseball. She could be counted on to be in the stands. The grandchildren and their teammates could regularly count on her “yelling” for them! Erma never knew a stranger. She loved to talk and visit with people. She was always available to lend a hand if needed. After a fall that left her with a severely fractured ankle, she displayed how truly tough she was. This could have resulted in a complete lifestyle change, but she persevered. Erma was hardworking. She could be found working alongside her father and then husband on the farm. She had a love for the outdoors. She enjoyed gardening, mowing the lawn, and occasionally hunting with Lloyd. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe. She was dedicated to her family throughout her life hosting family gatherings and always being there for them. She is survived by her husband Lloyd Pfeiffer. They were to be celebrating their 50th anniversary in March. Her four daughters; Michelle (Craig) Fasse of Eustis, Nebraska, Julie (Shannon) Rupe of Eustis, Nebraska, Wanda (Kyle) Fedorchik of Kearney, Nebraska, Kelly (Kyle) Bartruff of Eustis, Nebraska, Grandsons; Mason Fasse, Hayden Rupe, Colby Fasse, Jacob Rupe, Keaton & Carter Fedorchik, Granddaughters: McKenzie Bartruff, and great-grandson Maxwell Bartruff. Sisters: Roberta Hinton of Arapahoe, and Sara Mae Walker of Hayes Center, NE; sisters-in-law Delores Oelkers of Elwood, Ardella Brand of Holdrege, Elaine Farr of Elwood, Dorthea (LaMoyne) Niemeier of Elwood, Marty and Joyce Utterback of Arapahoe, Brother-in-law Dale (Pat) Pfeiffer of Colorado Springs, CO along with numerous nieces, nephews, and many others that she considered her family. Preceded in death by brothers Paul, Gerald, James Utterback, sister Darlene Utterback, brothers-in-law Charles Walker, Glenn Hinton, Art Oelkers, Lyle (Lois & Bonnie) Pfeiffer, Duane Brand, Floyd Farr, Alvin (Isabelle) Pfeiffer, sister-in-law Doreen Utterback. Viewing and visitation will be Monday, February 3, 2020 from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main St., Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 10:30 AM at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

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