Pauline Brown-Pfuetze, age 99, of Sabetha, died Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Apostolic Christian Home in Sabetha.
Pauline was born March 25, 1912 at Grantville, KS, the daughter of James and Ethel (Detlor) Cox. She graduated from Seaman High School in 1931. She attended the University of Kansas and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1935. The following two years she taught history and English at Meriden High School.
On June 17, 1937 Pauline and Dr. Virgil E. Brown were married at the Kansas Ave. Methodist Church in Topeka, KS. The following two years Dr. and Mrs. Brown lived in Wichita, KS where Dr. Brown served his internship at Wesley Hospital, and residency at the Sedgwick County Hospital.
On January 1, 1940, Dr. and Mrs. Brown opened his office in Sabetha for a family type practice. In July 1942 Dr. Brown was called to military service. He served in the South Pacific. Pauline lived in Sabetha during the war years. She worked at the Farmers State Bank and did substitute teaching in the Sabetha High School.
Following the war, Dr. Brown again returned to Sabetha and established his practice.
Mrs. Brown was a member of the Sabetha Methodist Church for 45 years. She was active in church work: sang in the choir, taught Sunday school class and worked in the Woman’s Society. She was a member of Chapter EB of PEO for 42 years. Mrs. Brown was active in the Medical Society Auxiliary. Pauline served as president several times for the northeast counties medical auxiliary and was a state president from 1963 to 1964.
Dr. and Mrs. Brown built a beautiful one story brick home at 407 Virginia in Sabetha, where they lived for 30 years. Pauline was an avid flower gardener. She was interested in antiques and art; both of which she collected. Dr. and Mrs. Brown travelled extensively.
Dr. Brown died of a massive heart attack on May 25, 1981. Pauline continued to live in the home for five years. She continued on with many of her activities in the community.
In May 1985 Pauline met Dr. Robert E. Pfuetze of Topeka at their 50
KU reunion. They renewed their acquaintance and were married September 21, 1985, at Lexington, Massachusetts. Mrs. Pfuetze in 1986 became a member of the Central Congregational Church in Topeka where Dr. Pfuetze had been a member for 45 years. She was a life member of the KU Alumnae.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, James L. Cox; her first husband, Dr. Virgil Brown; and her second husband, Dr. Robert Pfuetze. She is survived by Dr. Pfuetze’s children, Gretchen Pfuetze of Lincoln, MA, Donald Pfuetze of Topeka, KS, Pamela Murano of Frisco, CO, and John Pfuetze of Wichita, KS; along with 7 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sabetha. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at the church. Interment will be in the Sabetha Cemetery. Memorials are being left to the First United Methodist Church in Sabetha, sent in care of the funeral home, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, KS 66534.