Avanell “Abby” Janette (Clouser) Pifer, 92, of Big Run/Henderson Township went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 7, 2021 in her son, Max Jr’s, home after a long battle with lung cancer. She was born on November 23, 1928 in DuBois, a daughter of the late Floyd Jackson Clouser and Julia Oledia (Hollopeter) Clouser. She was a graduate of the DuBois High School Class of 1946. On September 20, 1946, Abby married Max E. Pifer Sr., together they enjoyed sixty-six years of marriage. She was a member of the Paradise Community United Church of Christ. She was also a 60-year member and Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She worked at Cameron Mfg. Co., Rola Jensen, and a nurse’s aide at DuBois Hospital. Abby loved her farm animals and pets. She enjoyed the simple things in life. She loved to garden, can, and share its harvest. One of her greatest joys was to cook for her husband and “my 3 sons”. She enjoyed quilting and sharing her many talents. Abby was the matriarch and last surviving member of her generation of the Pifer and Clouser families. She was beloved and will be missed by all the many nieces and nephews, especially her niece, Connie Daugherty, that called her daily to talk and ask her advice. She is survived by two sons, Max E. (Debbie) Pifer, Jr., Henderson Twp. and Carl D. Pifer, Big Run, PA. Son, Bernard D. Pifer, preceded her in death. She is survived by five grandchildren: Ryan Pifer, Queens borough of NYC, Dustin Pifer, King George, VA., Sunni Jean (Heath) Reddinger, Destiny Pifer, and Adam Pifer, all of Punxsutawney, PA. She treasured her time spent with her 3 great-grandchildren: Gavin Pifer, Easton Reddinger, and Dartanyan Pifer. Avanell was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Max, her son, Bernard, four brothers: Sylvester, Theodore J. (Lawrence), Charles, and James, six sisters: Vera Landis Gearhart, Essie Mae Rath, Ada Madeline Updyke, Glendora Annabell Updyke, Arveda Laukitus Logan, and Imogene Hand Ball. Friends will be received at Paradise United Church of Christ on Monday, May 10, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday. An Order of Eastern Star service will be held prior to visitation at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the church. A funeral service will be held at the church at 1 p.m. co-officiated by Pastor’s Mary Ellen Hoffman and Barry Fillman. Arrangements under the direction of Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Big Run. Interment will be in the Paradise Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to the Henderson Township Community Building, c/o Jane Pifer, 655 Rock Dump Road, Reynoldsville, PA 15851.
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