Peggy Jo (Steele) Pfannenstiel
Peggy Jo Pfannenstiel, 54, died October 11, 2016 surrounded by family at her home in Lawrence after a brief but bitter battle with cancer.
She was born February 14, 1962 in Scott City, Kan. to Todd and Donita Steele. The youngest of four children and the only girl, Peggy was doted upon by her father and mother. She was simultaneously cherished by her older brothers and terrorized by their antics. She loved and admired them each dearly.
Peggy graduated from Scott County High School and later moved to Hays where she went to college and fell in love. Within six months of meeting Pat L. Pfannenstiel, the two were engaged. They married July 21, 1984. Through all of life’s challenges and blessings, they loved each other fiercely and without reservation.
In 1988, Peggy gave birth to their first child, Brianne. Jake followed in 1991.
Peggy was the kind of wife and mother who, in many ways, knew her husband and kids better than they knew themselves. She had a way of understanding each of them, building bridges and ladders for them so they could safely navigate through life.
Peggy was also a thoughtful and selfless friend, and she made friends everywhere she went: through her work at Sallie Mae and the KU Endowment Association, through her church choir, at KU gameday tailgates, and at countless piano lessons, soccer games and band concerts.
Peggy was special. And she was loved beyond measure.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Todd and Donita Steele. Survivors include Pat Pfannenstiel, her husband of 32 years; one daughter, Brianne Pfannenstiel and Joe Preiner of Des Moines, Iowa; one son, Jake Pfannenstiel and Jessie Davidson, of Lawrence; three brothers, Mike and Sharri Steele of Scott City, Kan., Pat and Joanne Steele of Lowell, Mich., Keith and Linda Steele of Ulysses, Kan.; six nieces; seven nephews; and four grandpuppies.
A rosary recitation will be held at noon with a visitation to follow until 4 p.m. Sunday, October 16th at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway. A memorial mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, October 17th at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to support the Corpus Christi Catholic Church Choir, for which Peggy loved to sing, or to support neuro intensive care nursing at The University of Kansas Hospital and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent to warrenmcelwain.com.