Jeanette A. Pfeil

August 05, 1944 - May 07, 2024


Obituary For Jeanette A. Pfeil

Jeanette Pfeil, 79, of Waunakee passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. Jeanette was born in Richland Center, WI, on August 5, 1944, to Selma (Young) and Glen Waddell. She married the love of her life, Dennis Pfeil, on September 5, 1964. She was married to Denny for 42+ loving years and never stopped loving or being married to Denny after his untimely death in 2007. Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, husband; Denny, son; Todd, two sisters; Barbara Stanhope and Marian Leece; Mother and Father-in-law; Helen and Cliff Pfeil, brother-In-law; John Jones; niece; Sarah Waddell; and nephew; Jason Pfeil.

Jeanette graduated from Baraboo High School in 1962. She worked at both the Wisconsin Eye Bank and UW Hospital & Clinics throughout her life. Her highest priority was to be the best mom possible to her sons Todd and Tim. She was an active volunteer throughout her life, especially focused on helping senior citizens. She received her degree and certification as a massage therapist specializing in senior citizen care and avidly utilized her skills to help heal others. She participated in countless vigils and visits, served as a Eucharistic Minister throughout south central Wisconsin for the Diocese of Madison, and was involved with the Meals on Wheels program for many years. Jeanette made her home in the Waunakee area for more than forty-eight years. She loved the Catholic Faith, her grandchildren, time with family, cooking, baking, anything related to massage therapy, and bird watching.

Jeanette is survived by her son, Tim (Darci) Pfeil of Lodi, WI; a daughter-in-law, Kelly Pfeil of Madison, WI; grandchildren Lauren Pfeil (Kolten Kittleson) of Honolulu, HI, Isabelle Pfeil of Denver, CO, Noah (Sydni) Pfeil of Lodi, WI, Clare Pfeil of Denver, CO; and a great grandchild, Scout Pfeil of Lodi, WI. She is further survived by her brothers, Rolland (Shirley) of Puyallup, WA, Gene (Denise) of Baraboo, WI, multiple nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

A special thank you to sister-in-law, Donna Jones, for her unconditional love and support through all the years right up to Jeanette’s last moments on earth.

A special thank you to Vickie and the entire staff at The Legacy of Deforest and Brighton Hospice for the special love and attention you have given our mother/grandmother/great grandmother.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 5001 N. Sherman Ave, Madison. A visitation will be held on Saturday at the church from 10:00am until time of Mass. Interment at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Briggsville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to help eradicate Alzheimer’s Disease.

How blessed the family has been to have the grandchildren know and love their grandmother/great grandmother. She was literally a “Great” Grandma. Mom, you carry our love with you, and we carry yours through our memories here on Earth. Thank you!

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Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Windsor/DeForest Chapel

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14 Sep


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Peter Catholic Church 5001 North Sherman Avenue Madison, WI 53704 Get Directions »
14 Sep

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

St. Peter Catholic Church 5001 North Sherman Avenue Madison, WI 53704 Get Directions »
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  • May 18, 2024

    Sincere Sympathy to Jeanette's family. She was a kind friend to me and we both became Massage Therapists at an older age. We both enjoyed our new adventure doing massage for folks who appreciated our works. Hy and Jim Miller

  • May 15, 2024

    Ms. Jeanette I will miss your lovely singing during our weekly sing-a-longs; but I know you are singing with an even bigger choir. I will remember your smile & laughter. I am thankful for the time I was able to share with Jeanette. My condolences to Tim & family. Keep singing and smiling Jeanette. Bless you 😘

  • May 14, 2024

    How blessed I was to have Jeanette in my life. I told her weekly how gorgeous of a lady she was on the inside and out. (Good hair! 😂) Jeanette I will miss your beautiful smile and your loving heart. We shared being Leo's together and that's why we got along. Fly high gorgeous lady, until we meet again.

  • May 14, 2024

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Aram, Courtney, Lelaina, and Grace

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