Arlene F. Peifer
Arlene F. Peifer, 89, of Sunbury, passed away on July 5, 2014, at ManorCare in Sunbury surrounded by her family. She was born in Williamsport, Jan. 4, 1925, to Gertrude and Harry Warfield-Sarvis. She was raised by Warren and Helen Drumm. There were 10 children: Tom of, Northumberland, Isabelle Long, of Sunbury, Bill, of Milton, Jacqueline Musser, Patricia Sholley and Robert, of New York, Harry, of Montgomery, James, of Texas and Donald, of Northumberland. Donald is the only surviving sibling.
She married Kenneth R. Peifer Sr. on Dec. 24, 1943, he preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 1992. She gave us the gift of witnessing true love in her relationship with her husband. She and her husband worshipped in many churches over the years. She worked at NiteKraft and Champ Hats in Sunbury in her younger years. She had a daughter in 1945, Gloria Jean. She would travel along with her husband’s band, “Chets Cortet – The Band You Won’t Forget.” She stopped working to raise a family. She was a regular Canasta player with the women’s club in the 1950s, she was a member of the Women of the Moose.
At age 40 and after failed attempts to have more children, she and her husband adopted a newborn boy and girl in the 1960s. She was regular parent at all her youngest children activities, as she has said they were the best times. She enjoyed dancing, swimming, cards, the beach, the Phillies, never wanting to miss watching them, Penn State football and JoePa.
She really enjoyed being with her family always wanted to be around people and her beloved Mr. Kim. After her husband passed, she moved to Northumberland and went on with life. She loved to travel and went on a cruise with her lifelong friend Vic, as they went across the pond to tour all of Europe. In the 1990s, she had become friends with a group of crazy ladies like herself as they traveled together. With these ladies there was always a party at Arlene’s pool.
Arlene was a classy, strong, stubborn, spunky and proud woman with a great sense of humor that will be missed by all the lives she has touched in her life. She enjoyed life to the fullest as a couple of weeks, before her passing she enjoyed a cold beer in the mountains at her daughter’s house along with her first great-grandson, Kenny Ray.
She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Jean Stank, of Winfield; son, Kenneth R. Peifer Jr. (Jo), of Haddonfield, N.J.; and daughter, Katrina L. Peifer (partner Karen), of Muncy Valley; five grandchildren, Kenneth M. Mummey (Maureen), of Chambersburg, Myron Mummey Jr. (Sherry), of Shamokin, Olivia, Sophia and Ava Peifer, of Haddonfield, N.J.; three granddogs; and seven great-grandchildren, Kenneth R. Mummey, of York, Tyler, Rebeka, Abigale, and Bryce Mummey, of Shamokin and Joshua and Benjamin Mummey, of Chambersburg.
The family wishes to thank all the staff at ManorCare for all the love they had shown Arlene in her last years. At Arlene’s request there will be no viewing or funeral, as burial will be private. Arlene did request a party be held to celebrate her life as she said “I’ve had a wonderful life.” A luncheon will be held at the Social Club in Sunbury on July 20, 2014, at 1 p.m. for her friends and family.