Victor C. Pfizenmayer

February 28, 1942 ‒ September 06, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Whether it was his customer service, community service or his golf game, Vic Pfizenmayer “shot for the pin”. Blessed with a strong ability to detect right from wrong, his loyalty to his insurance clients, and his compassion for the Mansfield community, Vic built a fellowship of friends who appreciated his honesty and strong values. Though life’s sand traps are filled with magnets, Vic was a “straight-shooter.”

Vic passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was 74.

Born Victor Charles Pfizenmayer February 28, 1942 in Mansfield to parents Victor Carl & Rebecca (Cline) Pfizenmayer, he was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1960. He earned his B.S. in Education from Wittenberg University in 1964, was a member of Beta Theta Pi and was inducted in the Hall of Fame for playing baseball. He played semi-pro baseball on Mansfield’s Farmer’s Bank team and did his masters education studies in Secondary Education at Ashland University.

His first teaching position would chart his life. His position at Hedges Elementary School in Mansfield teaching physical education placed him with a lovely 4th grade teacher Monya Mosberg. The students eagerly acted the cupids and the two were married August 21, 1965.

Vic went on to teach phys ed, health and geography for ten years at Mansfield Senior High School, where he moved from assistant varisty basketball coach to head basketball coach.

He moved to Ontario High School to teach and coach for four more years before he was recruited by State Farm Insurance to operate a local agency.

For 35 years Vic was the face of State Farm Insurance to many Mansfielders, renowned for his compassion, and trust.

Vic was an active member of First Congregational Church, Mansfield Liederkranz, University Club and the Shelby Country Club. Vic annually volunteered for the Ohio Special Olympics, and served as a coach for his sons’ Lexington Little Leagues and umpired for Mansfield SouthWest Little League.

An avid golfer, Vic’s hole-in-one came on the Vines Country Club in Ft. Myers, FL.

Vic could not tolerate folks with no ethics.

His family was his priority, and Vic leaves them a legacy of community involvement, kindness and loyalty.

He is survived by his loving wife Monya Pfizenmayer of Mansfield; two sons & a daughter-in-law: Marc & Lisa Pfizenmayer of Lexington, and Stephen (fiancée Carey Gongwer) Pfizenmayer of Mansfield; grandchildren Logan, Lauren, Sarah, and Olivia; brother and sister-in-law Tom and Linda Pfizenmayer of Lexington; niece Liz Pfizenmayer of Charleston, SC; his cats Samuel and Sibby; along with a large circle of friends.

The Pfizenmayer family will receive friends Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue. His memorial service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home led by Pastor Bruce Haapalainen, Chaplain Mark Lovely and Celebrant Dave Roberts.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to First Congregational Church may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Monya & Family,
    We are very saddened to hear about the passing of Vic. He was a dear friend and colleague. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Cousins, Monya, Mark & Steve,

    I send you my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. Vic was a wonderful person and will be missed by everyone his life touched.

    David Kalish

  • I was saddened to hear of the passing of Coach Pfizenmayer. Coach had a huge & positive impact on my life as a young man growing up in Ontario, Ohio. Vic was a steady role model for all the young people under his leadership throughout the years. My favorite quote is from Coach John Wooden that reads; “young people don’t need critics, they need role models”…every time I see that quote I think about My coach…coach Pfizenmayer.

  • So sorry to hear about Vic’s passing. What a awesome man! Always asking how things were going, how’s the gold game. Loved to brag about his grandkids. I know Vuc will be missed by many. My condolences to Marc , Steve and their families.

  • So sorry to hear about Vic’s passing. What a awesome man! Always asking how things were going, how’s the golf game. Loved to brag about his grandkids. I know Vuc will be missed by many. My condolences to Marc , Steve and their families.

  • Vic was a friend, teaching colleague and client of mine. I remember sealing his parking lot the day I became a grandfather for the first time. Vic was a good man. Valerie and I are both saddened. My prayers for all of his family.
    Tom and Valerie Mapes.

  • Monya, Marc, Steve and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Vic’s passing. He was a wonderful man. So full of life and love!! He will be truly missed. Thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers.
    Ryan and Joy Dials and family


  • So sorry to hear of Vic’s passing. He was a special man, so caring and kind! May your loving memories bring you comfort and peace.
    Lora and Sam Norris

  • Monya and family,
    Dan and I are so sorry to hear of Vic’s passing. We have great memories of him both at Shelby County Club and through your years at teaching in Lexington. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Your family is in our prayers.

  • Kathy and I were saddened to learn of Vic’s passing. We have fond memories of all of the Pfizenmayers. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  • Monya, Marc, Steve and family,
    I was so sad to hear of Vic’s passing. He was a great guy and will be remembered fondly by me and many. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Love and hugs to you all.
    Robyn Richey May

  • Marc and Lisa
    Saddened by this news. So sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    Amy and Greg Melchior

  • Thinking about you all and so sad to hear of this news. Love and prayers being sent to you all.

  • So sorry to hear about your fathers passing. Good vibes , and prayers being sent out for your families.

  • Monya and family, Brian and I are sad to hear this news. Cherish all of the wonderful memories. Hugs, prayers and positive energy to you all.

  • Steve and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Vic’s passing. Sending strength, warmth, and prayers to you all.

  • Marc I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very hard time as I know what it feels like considering I just lost my mom suddenly last month. Remember all the good times you had with him.

  • Monya,Marc, Steve. We are all very sad to hear of Vic’s passing
    May your memories help ease your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this difficult time

  • Another Tyger legacy has earned his wings in Heaven. My heart goes out to all the Pfizenmayer family. May Vic rest in peace in God’s loving arms. He was one helluva good guy, coach, teacher, family man, insurance man & good friend. 😥💔

  • Mark, Lisa, Steve, Carey, Monya, an kids, I was so sorry to hear Vic’s passing! He was such a kind person. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for you all to have peace and strength during this time.

  • Monya, Marc and Steve,
    Our prayers are with your family at this sad time. We have such fond memories of you when we were the young families at First Congregational Church.

  • To Vic’s family and friends, on behalf of The Shelby Country Club staff, we send our deepest sympathies. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • My heart goes out to you Monya and the entire Pfizenmater family. It has been a long time since we left Mansfield but I have such good memories of you and Vic. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Monya, Steve, Marc and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the sudden loss of Vic. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

  • Alan Waterhouse said it best. So many great memories in high school and then later as our families were friends. May God give your family strength and comfort in the days ahead. Sending prayers and love to you all.

  • Was so very sorry to hear this. Al Waterhouse or “Water” as Vic called him said it best. Such a great guy. Fun memories from high school as well as later years as our families were friends. Praying for God’s strength and comfort to surround you in the days to come. Love and hugs to you all.

  • So very sad to hear of Vic’s passing. The four of us had so much fun years ago vacationing in such nice places. I have good memories of us. Vic was good friend to Jack and me. I’m so very sorry Monya , your in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Vic was a hero and a friend. Great family man. Love to Monya and family. It is an honor to have known him.

  • So sorry to hear the news of Vic’s passing. He was a great guy and will be missed by so many. Our prayers are with you all. Becky and Pierre

  • We are sadden to hear of the loss your family had this week. Vic was a great husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family during this time.
    Jason, Michelle, Alexis & Jack Dials

  • Short on bs, long on the truth. He was a good man that helped raise two great kids. I know he will be missed by all. We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Brian & Mary Jo Lesch


  • My deepest sympathy to the Pfizenmayer family,

    Mr. Pfizenmayer was my gym teacher at Hedges Elementary School his 1st year with Roger Smith (his assistant). What lookers they were and he never changed! What was most impressive was he remembered me years later when we met again in adulthood. Over the years when we would run into each other he always asked how my business was doing and wished me the best. Thank you Mr. Prizenmayer for being a precious memory of my youth.

    God Bless.
    Pamela Williams-Briggs

  • To Vic’s Family…
    Please accept our condolences for Vic’s passing. He was our insurance man for many years and a friend for many more. He will be missed but we all know that “Victo” has received his wings in Heaven.

  • Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. May your memories of coach and teacher Vic give you peace and comfort.

  • With regret, I learned of Vic’s passing. Heartfelt condolences to Monya and family members as they adjust to this loss. May the many happy moments shared with each of them rise to their thoughts and comfort them. Rest in peace Vic, you lead a good life.

  • Monya, we are so saddened to hear of Vic’s passing.
    So many good times we enjoyed with you and Vic a few years ago!
    Fond memories. He was a delight to be around. We know you miss
    him and will remember him as the fun guy that he was.
    Our hearts go out to you, Monya and Marc and Steve and their families. We’ll keep you all in our prayers.
    Love, Bud and Barb Mangels

  • Condolences to Vic’s family.
    While my memories are not recent, they are still very clear. It is little league
    and Victor is a lefty on the mound, middle school age. I am at third base,
    but little activity there. Vic is firing curve balls and almost no one is making
    contact. The usual strike three, you’re out. Continued to throw great pitches
    in his life.

  • Dear Monya, Steve and Marc (& families),
    I can’t tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I know Vic was a very special man and passed on his values and love of life to his family & friends. Sending prayers, love and hugs to you all at this difficult time.

  • Prayers and sympathy to the Pfizenmayer family. He was always so pleasant when he came into Hull’s. We would talk about golf and the kitties. Monya so sorry for your loss.

  • Dear Monya and family,

    We are so shocked to learn about Vic. He was such a great guy and well loved by so many.

    Don and I send our condolences, and prayers to you and your family.

    God bless the Pfizenmayer families.

    With love and sorrow,

    Dee & Don Kennedy

  • Very sorry to hear of Vic’s passing. Our prayers are with you. Peace to you all. Love you Monya!!! Deb and Mike

  • Monya, Marc and Steve (Family),

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. All the great memories make losing him difficult but it’s those memories that allow him to be remembered by all that loved him.
    We wish you all well and are grateful to have all our you as friends.

    Best Wishes,

    Tim, Jennifer, Danny and Anna Shaffer

  • Vic was one of those persons who I would see on occasion – either at sport events or church functions – his friendly smile was always welcoming My heartfelt condolences to Monya and the children. Sincerely, Marian Blahnik

  • Monya and family,

    I worked with Vic for almost 20 years at the AFO and State Farm. He was always a favorite of mine and we had many laughs over the years. I was so saddened by his sudden passing and will miss him dearly. I’m sorry that I will be out of town during his viewing and service. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I will always remember the good times!

    Cheryl & Kelly White

  • Such a remarkable tribute to a life well lived! A man of distinction is a cat person! The many years of love from this special man will carry you through your grief. Karen Bloom

  • shocked to hear of his passing ….such a nice man,,,, ,our insurance representative for many years… always looking out for our best interest …..our thoughts and prayers to the family …

  • Monya, we. are thinking of you and your family and extend our sympathy to you all. We are happy we were able to spend time with you and Vic at Judie and Lees this Summer and have enjoyed the golf outings we’ve had in the past. Our prayers to you and your family.

  • Mrs. Pfizenmayer, Steve and Marc:

    I am very sorry to learn of Mr. Pfizenmayer’s passing. I remember his magnetic smile and easy laugh, both of which he gave to his sons, among many other great characteristics. Much love to you all.

  • Dear Monya and family, we share in your sadness and pray that time and wonderful memories will bring comfort. Vic was a neighborhood friend and class mate for over 65 years. I’m very thankful that we were able to visit with him and a number of our MHS class of 60, just 2 weeks ago. It’s difficult to say good bye to an old friend, but I know Vic and his warm smile we be waiting for all of us at Heaven’s gates.
    Fred and Julie Goettl. Mesa, Az

  • It’s been a while, but have thought of you both often. The good ole days at Shelby CC.
    We send our deepest sympathy to you and your families.
    Ron & Eileen Mawhorr

  • “Life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one.
    In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
    And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
    Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity….

    For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and melt into the sun?
    And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides,
    that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
    Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing,
    And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb,
    And when the earth shall claim your limbs then you shall truly dance.”
    Kahlil Gibran

    I celebrate Vic’s life. He was a fine man and a friend. My deepest condolences to your family for your loss. The world has been diminished by his passing.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Vic was a motivator and a awesome coach. He knew how to get you fired up before a game, and prepare you for life’s trials and tribulations that lay ahead. Vic motivated me to get my college degree, and not give up. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet with him several times at his office a few years back before his passing. May God comfort the entire Pfizenmayer family and keep you close during this difficult time. God bless!

  • Vic was a great educator and a consumate “stand up” type of person! He was ready to laugh when I go to his office and remind him of students we had in common at Ontario! Always a smile , always made you feel he was glad to see you! He took Micheal and John aside before they drove and impressed upon them the responsibility they assumed when behind the wheel! Vic was a genuine type of man you wanted to teach and coach your kids and handle your family insurance needs!! The world was a better place because of him being in it!!

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of babysitting for basketball games.
    Prayers from the Sarafin family, old neighbors from Banyan Lane.
    Lisa Sarafin Sheridan

  • Rest in peace Vic, we will miss you always especially our Friday night dinners with the “gang” and the golf times, and the New Years Eve dinners and the many cook outs with the “gang”. We will take care of Monya of course and make sure the cats are doing well. We will miss your smile, laugh, and your straight talking opinions. We will toast you every time the “gang” gets together. Our love to Monya, Steve and Mark and the families. We are here whenever they need us. The Gang.