Thelma Louise Pfeifer obit


WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE: Thelma was born October 4, 1932 in Nipgen, Ohio to the late Charles and Anna Grace (Shoemaker) Cartwright and died February 27, 2011 at her home in Washington Court House, Ohio.

Thelma or T. Lou, as she was known by her friends, was married to the late Donald E. Pfeifer on June 3, 1950 and began their family with the addition of John G. (Glenda) Pfeifer and the late Samuel E. Pfeifer. Don and Thelma then moved to Waverly, Ohio and added three more children to their home: Thomas D. (Pamela) Pfeifer, Mark W. (Nicki) Pfeifer and Candice Lynn Pfeifer. Thelma is also survived by by a special nephew, Randy (Cappi) Chrisman; and brother-in-law, Verlin Kritzwiser.

Her dear sister Mildred Grace Chrisman also preceded her in death.

Thelma was blessed with many grandchildren: Scott (Cheri) Pfeifer, Miki Jo Irvin, Amanda (Jason) Waters, Derek (Brittany) Pfeifer, Matt (Sara) Pfeifer, Dustin Pfeifer, Andrew (Lyndsie) Pfeifer, Alexandra Pfeifer and Austin Pfeifer; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and extended family.

After raising her children, Thelma went to college to get her degree and at the age of 54 she graduated from Ohio University, summa cum laude, with a degree in education. She then taught for ten years in the Western School District in Pike County, Ohio.

Thelma stood by her husband Don as he was an evangelist, a District Superintendent, and Pastor. In 1982 The Pfeifer Evangelistic Association was formed which later lead to the founding of Kings Way Fellowship, in Batavia, Ohio. Soon after, her youngest son Mark founded Open Door Ministries in Chillicothe, Ohio. Her inspiration lived on as she became a vital part of the most recently established congregation through The Pfeifer Evangelistic Association; The Gathering Place in Washington Court House, Ohio. Her influence will live on in the hearts of thousands of people that have been and will be lead to Jesus. Proverbs 31:28 "Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her."

A Memorial Celebration will be held at Open Door Ministries located at 3130 South Bridge Street in Chillicothe, Ohio at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2011 with Rev. Mark W. Pfeifer, Officiating. Burial will be in Twin Twp Cemetery, Bourneville, Ohio. Arrangements are under the direction of BOYER FUNERAL HOME of Waverly, Ohio.

The history of the village of Nipgen, Ohio in Ross Co. It was originally known as Possum Trot, then Coopersville, before finally being called Nipgen. This is from a 1941 Sunday Gazette & Advertiser.

The Owls at bat versus Summit (Qwls may have been from Nipgen or Potts Hill)  

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Youth Events Sun June 11 - Thu June 15, 2017 SCD Nipgen Junior Camp Nipgen Camp
Youth Events Sun June 25 - Fri June 30, 2017 SCD Nipgen Junior High Camp Nipgen Camp
Youth Events Sun July 16 - Sat July 22, 2017 SCD Teens in Action Nipgen Camp

Interior of Easterday's Cider Mill 

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Here is some family information from around the area supplied by Elaine Nichols-Tipton, Specifically, Acord & these allied families:   Atwood, Freshour, Davis, Walls, Baker and O'Brien/O'Bryant, as follows:1910 - Twin Twp., Ross Co., Ohio Spargursville Pike, dwelling #83Richard Acord, 1889-1951   (my 1st cousin, 3 times removed) Malissa Acord   (maiden name Walls) (neighbors - Walls, Hixon, Rhoads, Gragg, Walls, Wilburn, Rea)Richard Acord was the son of Wesley Acord, who was a son of John Acord & Margaret Atwood Acord, my 3rd gr-grandparents.   Wesley was a brother of my 2nd gr-grandfather, James Madison Acord.Wesley Acord married Mary Jane Baker, daughter of Henry & Catherine Knight Baker, on 11 Jan. 1861 in Pike Co., OH.   Shortly after their marriage they located in the area of Baum Hill but before the census of 1880 they had relocated to Harris Station, about 1/2 way between Nipgen & Summit Hill.Richard & Malissa are buried in the Fels Cemetery at the corner of SR 772 and Spargursville Rd.   His parents, Wesley & Mary Jane Acord are buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, on Potts Hill Rd.   They had several children who died young, and they are buried at the Johnson Cemetery on Minney Hill Rd.   Some of the Atwood family are also buried at Johnson's Cemetery, where John & Margaret Atwood Acord might possibly be, (I've been there; no stones for them, but lots of unmarked graves), and both Acords & Atwoods are buried there.   I have never found their death records or burial locations.  I don't think Richard and Malissa Acord had any children together, although she may have had one child before her marriage to Richard.   When I saw the photos of school children, I was hoping there may be an Acord in there.   Richard Acord had 2 sisters who also lived in the area.   They were Elizabeth Acord m. James C. Freshour, and they had Ocie (m. Shoults), Georgia, Gracie & Mary Freshour and Emily Alice Acord m. Frank Davis, but I've never found any children listed for them.   Emily died at age 45 in 1920.   Ocie & Georgia may have been young enough to be in the photos, but I would not be able to identify them.  Margaret Elizabeth Acord m. Lewis O'Brien/O'Bryant and they lived in the area of Spargursville.   They and their children are buried in the old Storms Cemetery.  I would love to exchange/share info on any of these families. E-mail:

Nipgen (originally known as Possum Trot, then Coopersville) & Summit Hill, Ohio in Pictures and Information

   Nipgen Church Family

Here is a clue to the date of the picture. Ellie Nelson in the picture was born January 16, 1897, Hallie Nelson in picture was born Sept.1, 1898 and Margaret Nelson in picture was born Sept 2, 1900. So we can come up with a pretty good guess as to the year. Margaret looks maybe early teens? The Nelson girls were 1/2 sisters to my Grandma Leona Nelson Addy.
Their father was David Nelson. He was the father of Leona but never married her mother Viola Corns.  When Viola found out she was pregnant with Leona, David had married Jeanie Baker. (But family history says Viola would not have been allowed to marry David) (Don't understand why other than rumor has it he was pretty wild) Jeanie Baker Nelson would let my grandma play and associate with her 1/2 sisters and never held anything against her.

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 Nipgen, named after John A. Nipgen, had a post office that was established in 1887, and remained in operation until 1906

Twin Township School Picnic 28 April 1911 

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A Camp Meeting at the CCCU church camp ground 329 State Route 772 Nipgen, OH some years back.

Making Cider at Easterday's Mill near Summit Hill, Ross County, Ohio  

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Easterday's Mill crew and family members. 4th person in back row is Oscar Easterday. Oscar died in 1963.  

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Adin Husted (1822-1905) & Sarah (Pummell) Husted (1823-1903) Family home near Nipgen ca. 1890 for more about Husted family go to:


     Miss Georgia Husted, of Nipgen, and Ervin Addy, of Summit Hill, were quietly married at the Addy home last Saturday evening.  Miss Husted is a daughter of Orlando Husted, of Nipgen, and is a sister of Mrs. Claude Cook, formerly of this city.  Addy is a telegraph operator employed by the D. T. & I.  28 June 1917 Waverly Watchman


Well Know people born in Nipgen:

John Pfeifer of the Gospel singing group the Pfeifers. Birthplace - Nipgen, Ohio. Birth date 6/17/51

Michael C. Shoemaker an American politician of the Democratic party was born in 1945 in Nipgen, Ohio . Shoemaker's father, Myrl Shoemaker, was Lieutenant Governor of Ohio.

John A. Nipgen  a Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention in1876.

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A new old stock corn meal sack from the Sampson Shoemaker Mill that used to stand in Nipgen, Ohio 


Rhea Hill School Class (maybe). Note the Rhea Hill School sits between Spargursville and Nipgen on Spargursville-Nipgen Road and has been turned into a house  

Nipgen Camp building 23 August 2013

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Nipgen Church or School picture. Does anyone have the answer?

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School class-sitting 4th from left is Leona Nelson Addy (Corns). Teacher is probably Taylor Shade.  

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Baseball Team either Nipgen or Summit

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VIAR, LEWIS W., β€œRev. Lewis W. Viar, age 84, of Rainbow Trail, Waverly, Ohio, died 10:49 P.M. Monday, December 3, 2007 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  He was born October 8, 1923 on Potts Hill, Bainbridge, Ohio to the late joseph and Martha Fifer Viar.  On February 14, 1947, he was united in marriage to Ruth W. Slagle Viar who survives.  Also surviving are two sons, Vernon (Sharon) Viar of Waverly, Ohio, and Rev. Bruce (Vicki) Vivar of Chillicothe, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by two brother, Rev. James Viar and Johnny Viar, and three sisters, Beatrice Fairchild, Elizabeth Penwell and Margert Crabtree.

Lewis was employed by Botkin Funeral Home with thirty years if service, pastored eighteen churches and preached for fifty-nine years.  He was ordained on August 23, 1952.  He also worked the timber business in the early years, was Benton Township Trustee for twelve years, was one of the founding father of the Nipgen Ten Meetings, and helped build the first Tabernacle on that site.”

Making Cider at Easterday's Mill near Summit Hill, Ross County, Ohio  

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Taylor Shade School Teacher at Nipgen. He is buried in the Penniston Cemetery  

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On the way to Easterday's Cider Mill  

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 How did Nipgen get its name?

 4 Nippgen families left Germany. In Dec 1833 and in Aug 1834 Johannes Nippgen family left with 5 grown-up children and settled in Ohio. The village was given the name of Nipgen after one of his sons John Nipgen. 1928 Karl Nippgen und seine Familie Eisenberg emigrated 1928 to Sheboyan, Michigan. Only one descent from this Nippgens carries the surname Nipgen