||Sandra Ann Pifer, age 67,
of Whitehouse, Ohio passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016, surrounded
by her loving family, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born
to Donald and Marjorie Miller on February 11, 1949. Sandy grew up
in Marygrove/Raab’s Corners and attended Immaculate Conception
grade school. A graduate of Metamora High School in 1967, she took
great pride in paying her way through Adrian College, where she
graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1972. After
graduation, Sandy worked as the Travel Coordinator for Champion
Spark Plug for ten years, before leaving to raise her family. Sandy
married her high school sweetheart David Pifer on October 6, 1973.
She was blessed with two wonderful and dedicated children (Marshall
& Tara) whom she nurtured into the caring and loving parents
of her beloved grandchildren.
Sandy was a wonderful person inside
and out. She loved her family, and was always willing to help
in anyway she could. She was not only a mother to her two children,
but also her seven younger siblings, many nieces and nephews,
and countless friends of her children, including the neighborhood
clan. Sandy loved to cook and bake….there was always a warm
meal on the table, and baked goods nearby. Her sisters will miss
her dearly for their annual Christmas cut out cookie baking.
Sandy valued family and friendships. She and her siblings, especially
the sisters, had a special bond. She looked forward to and treasured
gatherings with her high school and college friends.
She loved the great outdoors. She cherished her time spent taking
Lucy for walks, riding her bike, maintaining her beautiful gardens,
and beautifying Springbrook Farms Lake. She always made sure the
birds and squirrels were fed. She loved trips to Ft Lauderdale,
and strolling the beach with her sisters at the Coral Cay.
Her husband of 42 years, David, will dearly miss her presence
in his life and will be hard pressed to have her gardens and the
“estate” look half as magnificent as her hard work
Sandy was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Marjorie
Miller, and sister Bonnie Kashmer. She is survived by husband,
David L. Pifer; children, Marshall (Natalie) Pifer and Tara (Henry)
Geha; grandchildren, Lilly, Isabella, Cassidy, Hank and soon-to-be
Finley. Also surviving are sisters, Janice (Stan) Ray, Susan (Scott)
Clendenin, Carol (John) Gordon and brothers, Alan (Diana) Miller,
Gary (Linda) Miller, and Terry (Lisa) Miller; and brother-in-law,
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the
countless family and friends whom have been alongside us during
this journey, whether it was with meal planning, keeping Sandy
company at chemo, flowers, cards, simple visits, prayers; none
of which went unnoticed. A special thanks to Father Pat Rohen
and the Sisters at the Notre Dame Provincial House for their spiritual
support throughout this painful journey. Thank you to Dr. Timothy
Kasunic and Dr. Donald Bogel and their staff, especially Mindy
in the Infusion Center, for your caring, yet aggressive treatment
to meet the complex demands of this disease, and to Hospice of
Northwest Ohio for your care of Sandy during her final days.
Family and Friends may visit at Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut
St. in Swanton (419.826.2631) on Monday, February 29th from 2-8pm.
The Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue
Tuesday, March 1st from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception
Church, 1750 N. Raab Rd. Swanton, where a Mass of Christian Burial
will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Patrick Rohen, Captain, U.S.
Army (Retired) presiding. Interment: Marygrove Cemetery
In lieu of flowers Sandy asked that remembrances be directed
to Holy Trinity Church or Cherished Friends of Ahava, 34 S. Saint
Clair Street, Toledo, OH 43602.