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Armella Pfeifer

September 23, 1925 — November 21, 2018

Armella Pfeifer, nee Unrein, 93, of Topeka, Kansas was born September 23, 1925 in Bazine, a small rural community in Western Kansas. She was the youngest of six children born to Alex and Mary Eve Unrein.  When she was three years old the family moved to Sterling Colorado where they farmed sugar beets and grain.  In later years the family became dairy farmers.  She died November 21, 2018 with her family at her side.

She was proud of her German Catholic heritage and known for her tremendous love of family and steadfast faith in God and the power of prayer.  She loved making every event a special occasion for her children and grandchildren, dedicating her life to creating a loving home for family.  Family and friends were always welcomed with homemade meals.

Mrs. Pfeifer worked at Woolworth’s and Hygienic Cleaners, but found her true niche in life when she started a cake decorating business.  She baked and decorated hundreds of delicious wedding and special occasion cakes over the years before retiring in 1992. 

She was a Charter Member of Christ the King Catholic Church where she served as sacristan for many years and faithfully fulfilled her hour of adoration each week.  She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella Little Flower Circle #504, the Third Order of St. Francis and the Topeka Arts Cake Club.

Her hands were never idle.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, embroidering, crewel, crochet, quilt making, and gardening.  Armella Pfeifer was an environmentalist, conserving resources and recycling long before recycling was popular.

At the age of 80 she battled cancer, enduring multiple chemotherapy treatments.  Her courage, remarkable physical and spiritual strength, and above all, her faith, helped her win the battle.  She was an inspiration to all who knew her.

She was married to the late Frank Pfeifer.  She is survived by seven children, Tim (Bobbie Byrd) Pfeifer, Carolyn Pfeifer, Erlene Pfeifer-Gifford, Eugene Pfeifer, Theresa (Jim) Sanders, Ray (Ginny Klasinski) Pfeifer and Dennis (Denise Aldridge) Pfeifer. Eighteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces also survive.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a grandson, Jared Pfeifer, four brothers, Wendelin, George, Lawrence, Alvin Unrein and a sister, Barbara Lechman.

Armella will lie in state after 2:00 p.m. Monday at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home where her family will receive friends from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m. The Daughters of Isabella will pray the rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Christ the King Catholic Church.  Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Christ the King Catholic Church or the Good Samaritan Fund at Aldersgate Village sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66603.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, November 26, 2018

4:30 - 7:00 pm (Central time)


800 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66603

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Christ the King Catholic Church

5973 SW 25th St, Topeka, KS 66614

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