Wilma Leide Pfiffner, 98, Port Charlotte, Fla., a former Stevens Point resident who became the first female Stevens Point alderperson, died Thursday, May 30, 2013.
A memorial has been established in her name at First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte, 2230 Hariet St., Port Charlotte, FL 33952.
Arrangements were made by the National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte.
Mrs. Pfiffner was born Feb. 4, 1915, in La Crosse, where she attended elementary and high school.
She received a bachelor’s degree from La Crosse State Teachers College (now the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
After teaching in elementary schools in Wisconsin, she taught in the American Dependent Schools for Occupational Forces, six years in Germany and five years in Japan.
She was married to Joseph R. Pfiffner on Sept. 30, 1961. He died April 18, 2008.
While residing in Stevens Point, she became the first female alderperson of the city and served as the chair of the Beautification Committee for five years.
She was a member of the League of Women Voters, the Garden Club, the Progress Club, the Order of Eastern Star, the Symphony Guild and the PEO Chapters in Stevens Point, Marshfield and Port Charlotte, Fla.
She was a longtime member of the United Church of Christ of La Crosse, as well as the Presbyterian Church in Marshfield, Stevens Point and Port Charlotte, Fla.
After her husband retired in 1980, they moved to Englewood, Fla., returning to Stevens Point in the summer and continuing their travels.
In 1999 they moved to South Port Square Retirement Community in Port Charlotte.
Survivors include two daughters, Patrice (Kenneth) Shibilski, Plover, and Katherine (George) Williams; one son, Joseph M. Pfiffner; seven grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nephews; and nieces.
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Gertrude Owen; and one brother, Edgar Leide.