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.
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Nipgen (originally known as Possum Trot, then Coopersville) & Summit Hill, Ohio in Pictures and Information
Nipgen, named after John A. Nipgen, had a post office that was established in 1887, and remained in operation until 1906
A Camp Meeting at the CCCU church camp ground 329 State Route 772 Nipgen, OH some years back.
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A new old stock corn meal sack from the Sampson Shoemaker Mill that used to stand in Nipgen, Ohio
Nipgen Camp building 23 August 2013
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VIAR, LEWIS W., “Rev. 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.” www.botkinfuneralservice.com
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