Alice Pfeiffer, 95

Alice Mae (Baker) Pfeiffer, age 95, of Sturgis, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Thurston Woods Village.

She was born Jan. 6, 1917, in Blocher, Ind., the seventh of nine children to the late Daniel A. and Nancy E. (Schlemmer) Miller.

Alice worked at Bendix in South Bend, Ind., where she met and married Ceacil Baker on Aug. 18, 1940. He passed away March 8, 1984.

During World War II as Mr. Baker served in the U.S. Navy, she lived in Bremen, Ind., and later they owned and operated a fruit farm near Berrien Springs for 14 years. They then moved to Bronson and she was active in the Woman’s Club, where she was president (1975) and was an Avon team captain of her district.

She moved to Sturgis in 1977 and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was active in the Ladies Aide, serving as president and Lutheran Women’s Mission League and several years as Christian Growth.

Alice enjoyed golf, swimming, gardening, especially flowers, fishing, family gatherings, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, cooking, visiting the sick, helping neighbors especially the elderly, ministering at Thurston Woods, bible study group, reading especially the Bible and Christian books, painting, and writing.

She also had many happy years with husband: Robert G. Pfeiffer, whom she married Oct. 30, 1993, in Sturgis. He passed away Sept. 2, 2002.

Surviving are two daughters, Nancy Wilson of Sturgis and Ellen Baker and partner Malinda Wylie of Sturgis; a son, Dennis (Helen) Baker of Sturgis; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; two daughters, Odetta Ann Baker and Julie Rawlinson; five brothers; and three sisters.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 4–7 p.m. Friday at Hackman Family Funeral Home — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis.

Services celebrating the life of Alice (Baker) Pfeiffer will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, with the Rev. Calvin J. Kolzow officiating.

Graveside services and entombment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Her obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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