Bernetta ‘Nettie’ Pfeiffer

September 15, 1933 ‒ December 29, 2017

Marion, Ohio

The feisty and strong-willed Bernetta Pfeiffer, better known as Nettie, passed away unexpectedly Friday, December 29, 2017 at Marion General Hospital.  Nettie lived most of her life in Marion and was 84 years old.

On September 15, 1933 Nettie, the 7th of 11 children, was born in Mont Clo, West Virginia to the late Clyde Haskell and Nellie Elizabeth (Taylor) Meadows.  Nettie’s family moved to Marion when her father found work at Pollock Steel; here she raised her family, made lasting friendships, and danced as long as she could.

Nettie married the late Michael J. “Mike” Pfeiffer on March 30, 1957 in Marion.  Together Nettie and Mike raised seven children, enjoyed fishing in Canada, and watched 25 grandchildren grow into adults.  Mike passed away September 2, 2009.

Nettie was a one of a kind woman.  She loved and lived life to the fullest; never meeting a stranger nor holding her tongue.  She was loyal to a fault and would defend her family to the end.  She made sure never to miss a new experience which led to her zip-lining at the young age of 79, visiting Dublin, Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, and traveling around the world any chance she had.  It was nothing for Nettie to run into a friend at a distant airport!

Nettie worked many years for Ridgedale Schools as a bus driver. “Nettie’s Bus” was ruled with an iron fist and a few brake checks along the way.  Her ability at maneuvering Nettie’s Bus landed her many trophies at the Bus Rodeos.  Being active in the community, Nettie was a long time member of FHA at Ridgedale and past president and secretary of The Meeker Sportsman Club. She also attended The Fairpark Community Baptist Church in Marion.

Nettie was the life of any party and loved to dance.  She would dance with everyone in sight and when everyone else went home she could often still be found dancing the night away.  She was a wonderful cook and will be missed for her homemade custard pies, spaghetti and eggs, and canned green beans.  Her garden was meticulously planned out every year and her chickens were guarded by seven children, several cats, and of course a shotgun.

Nettie will be deeply missed by children, Lahoma (Jim) Buckley of Linwood, MI., Wendell “Bear” (Tammy) Pfeiffer of Quincy, OH., Bo (Carol) Pfeiffer of Carey, OH., Joe (Cheryl) Pfeiffer of Marion, OH., Clyde “Tom” (Peggy) Pfeiffer of Meeker, OH., and Linda (Mark Potteiger) Pfeiffer of Marion, OH.; son-in-law, Richard Zimmer;  25 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren, siblings, Jim Meadows, OK., Jean (Jim) Smith, TN., sisters-in-law, Sally Meadows, WA., Judy Beckley of Bucyrus, OH., and Mary Pfeiffer of Marion., OH; and brothers-in-law, Al Burroughs of Marion, OH., and Jim Pfeiffer of Marion; along with countless nieces, nephews,  cousins and friends.

In addition to Nettie’s parents and husband, she was preceded in death by daughter, Diana Zimmer; siblings, John, Walter, Lonnie, Bill, Honey, Paul, Charlotte, and infant brother, Russell; and four grandsons.

Family will receive friends at Fairpark Community Baptist Church, 940 Bermuda Drive, Tuesday, January 2, 2018 from 1:30 until 4:30 pm.  A celebration of Nettie’s life will follow at 4:30 with Pastor David Rush officiating.  Burial at Meeker Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Nettie’s honor to The Kevin and Jake Pfeiffer Memorial Fund c/o The Marion Community Foundation via this link:$21892_hash$0a06d9e13ec5e50d2a254dcf7e4203cd68296794/Default.aspx

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Nettie’s family.  Online memories may be expressed by visiting

  • Your family is in my heart and prayers. You were loved by many. And the 13 years that you drove my school bus has always been remembered. You were a great lady. You will be missed. May God be with you all.

  • I will always remember her as my bus driver. She didn’t put up with anything or anyone on her bus! But, we all got to school safely..looking back..I know she cared about all her riders.

    One day I was feeling very sick and got up the nerve to ask her if she could please take me home first. (My house was the last stop on her route). She didn’t hesitate and drove me home first. The other kids asked what she was doing and she told them to mind their own business. Ha!

    Prayers are with your family.

  • I wish so much that I could be at your service. You were there for everyone from baby showers, weddings,graduations,or anytime u were needed.Net I love and miss u so much.

  • God has called home one of his angels. I am very sorry for the fanilies’ loss of a very special lady. Fly high! Prayers are with the entire family. I will miss you and miss see you /ou laughing at the 4th of July. Until we meet again. Janet Williams.

  • I’m sadden to hear about her passing. I always thought she was an amazing lady from my school bus driver, which she made an adventure, to someone who always carried on a conversation with me when we ran into each other. May you Rest In Peace; my thoughts and prayers to your family.

  • We are very sorry for the loss of your Mother . May you find comfort in the memories you have of her. Ed and Sue Zollman

  • Bo and Carol,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. May you draw strength from the love and support of your many family and friends. Miss and love you!

    Connie (Tornow) Baker


  • Heartfelt condolences, she was truly one of a kind!!! She never knew a stranger & she passed that blessing to many of her children!!! Let her legacy shine thru you all. She’s gone but will be remember by many for all the kindness she showed… memories forever etched in your heart.
    Linda, sorry for your loss sweetie many (((hugs))) from afar.
    RIP Nettie

  • So very sorry to hear of Nettie’s passing, always enjoyed visiting with her.
    Prayers for the family.
    Cousin Sue Anspaugh Behm

  • Thinking of all the family. Sorry for your loss. Nettie was a dedicated bus driver for Ridgedale driving football players, baseball players, cheerleaders and band, where ever they needed to be and always cheering them on. I know she will be missed by all. Prayers for all.

  • To the Pfeiffer family,
    So sorry to hear about Nettie. She had so many wonderful qualities. She did love life and it showed each and every time you saw her. She will be greatly missed.
    John Cocherl family

  • Dear Linda and Family-

    I only think the best when I recall your Mom–her love of life, her support of FHA. She had an enthusiasm and joy about everything she did; it was hard not to catch her spirit. My sincere sympathy for all of you, as you grieve her passing. May your fond memories give you some peace in the new year and days ahead.

    Judy Norris

  • We met Nettie when her grandson Jeremy joined our family. She was a wonderful, lively lady. I loved sitting and talking with her. She was full of very interesting experiences. I will miss seeing her at the Union County Fair as we watch the grandkids show and sell their their animals. Nettie will be missed. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • NETTIE was a Great Friend and Loving Lady !! From the many years we spent Driving school bus for Ridgedale. BOWLING in Leagues with the Ladies! Too DANCING on Saturday Nights at Meeker Gun Club. !! I will cherish those Memories with me Always . Sending myLove, and Praying that tbe Lord’s strength be with All the Family during this most difficult time. R.I.P. NETTIE Miss You Already. DOROTHY J. SMITH.

  • So sorry for the loss of your Mother,Nettie. She was a very special beautiful lady. She always made feel like one of her family with her great big hugs. My sincere condolences to all your family especially to Bo. Carol, Mandy, April and Rachel.

  • She will surely be missed .I used to see Nettie at the hairdressers quite often. I would hear her talking when I walked in ,she loved to socialize with people and never meet a stranger.She always kept herself busy doing something.To the family We are sorry for your loss,she won’t be forgotten.Thinking of you all in this sad time.Grey,Sharon,Doug,and Dave Shockey.

  • My mother (Jodene Carpenter) was great friends with Nettie, and I remember many days spent ‘visiting’ when I was young. She was always so kind, loving, and full of hugs!! Thank you for sharing her with us, and the many years of priceless friendship she gave to my mother. I was blessed to see her at my mother’s funeral this past Sept. Sending you all much love and prayers!
    Amy (Schotte) Cooper

  • So sorry to hear about Nettie, we had a great time traveling with her on many occasions. I loved spending time with her and hearing stories of her family and travels around the world. She was a great lady!

    Lisa – Eagle Rock Tours