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Edith Reiss Pfeffer, age 76 of Clinton, passed away Friday, January 26, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. The Lord called her home quickly soon after she suffered a stroke. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in Clinton, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Monday at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will take place at the Lone Tree Cemetery, Lone Tree, Iowa.
Edith was born in Iowa City to Harry and Erma (Hall) Reiss. She graduated from University High School in Iowa City in 1960. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Simpson College in 1964 and her Masters of Science in Home Economics from Iowa State in 1970. She taught in the Western Dubuque School District from 1965 1969 before moving to Clinton to teach at Clinton High School from 1970 - 1978. Edith married Paul Pfeffer on July 24, 1971, at the First United Methodist Church in Clinton. Later, she served as the Office Manager for her husbands law practice in Clinton until his death in 2005.
Edith was an active community organizer who devoted over 40 years of service to the Clinton area. She served as Secretary of the YWCA Board of Directors from 1979 1981, the chairwoman of the City of Clinton Board of Adjustment from 1981 to 1984, the President of the Clinton Symphony Guild from 1986 to 1989, the Music Chairwoman of Arts Alive from 1991 to 1992, a Member of Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission from 2001 to 2003, Coordinator of Character Counts of Clinton County from 2001 to 2003, and the Chairwoman of Clinton County Day at the Iowa Legislature from 2004 2011. She is a former member of the Advisory Board for the Felix Adler Childrens Discovery Center, the past Chairwoman of U.S. Highway 30 Coalition of Eastern Iowa and the Past Chairwoman of U.S. Highway 30 Coalition of Iowa. She was also the past chairwoman of the Clinton County Republican Central Committee and President of the Clinton County Republican Women.

Up until her death, she was a member of the Clinton Rotary Club, Clinton Trees Forever, and the Clinton Landlord Association. She was appointed by the Governor of Iowa to the Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) Iowa Great River Road Association in 2011 and again in 2015, most recently serving as the Chairwoman. She celebrated Clinton every day and loved being able to tell the other parts of the country about the great things to do with a river view.
Among her many awards were the YWCA Women of Action Award, the Clinton County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award, the Al Wise Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteer and the Annual Pilots award for the MRPC for the State of Iowa.
Edith is survived by two daughters, Emily Pfeffer of Marion, Iowa and Laura Pfeffer (Nick Coleman) of Alexandria, VA; a granddaughter, Edith Marguerite Coleman; a sister, Ethel (Schafer) Bean of Palm Coast, FL; brother-in-law John Cavanah of Burlington, IA ; two nephews, Andy (Nicole) Cavanah and Scott (Paige) Cavanah and a niece, Jennifer (McKenzie) Norris as well as numerous great nieces and nephews. She was looking forward to the birth of her grandson around Valentine's Day. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary.
In lieu of flowers the family would like memorials made to local community attractions which she tirelessly promoted through her work as an Iowa Parkway Commissioner, such as the Clinton County Eco Tourism Center, Clinton County Felix Adler Discovery Center, Clinton Sawmill Museum or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.
Published on January 28, 2018
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