The Ottumwa Courier


June 26, 2013

Arlene Peiffer

FAIRFIELD — Arlene Peiffer, 86, of Fairfield, formerly of Washington, died June 25, 2013, in the care of Mercy Hospice in Iowa City after a short illness.

Arlene was born Jan. 5, 1927, in Wellman, the daughter of Glen Laurence and Ethel Vearle (Tracy) Dutton. She grew up and lived in the Richland community, and she graduated from Richland High School in 1945. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Parsons College in Fairfield in 1949. Arlene was united in marriage to Edward J. Hammes on Sept. 6, 1949, in Sigourney. They were married until Edward’s death in 1980. She was later married to Edwin John Peiffer on Aug. 7, 1982, in Washington.

Arlene was proud to be a farm wife. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fairfield. She was a former member of St. James Catholic Church. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Whiteway Club and the Prairie Painters Club. She was also a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at Mother Cabrini Catholic Church in Richland.

Arlene loved china painting. She enjoyed her garden and flowers, and she loved reading. She loved animals, especially her dog Susie. She enjoyed spending time outdoors. Arlene was a great ballroom dancer, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arlene is survived by her daughter-in-law Rosemary Hammes of Richland; daughter Jean Anne Semsch and husband Jay of Stockton; daughter, Catherine Lynn Greiner and husband Tony of Keota; son Pat Hammes and wife Tracy of Batavia; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Hammes in 1980; her second husband, Edwin Peiffer in 2006; son, John Hammes in 2012; great-grandson, Asher Grimm in 2011; two infant brothers; half brother, Harold Dutton; and half sister, Eloise Beehler.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fairfield; Father Stephen Page officiating. Interment will take place at the Clear Creek Cemetery in rural Harper.

Visitation will begin at noon Friday at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home in Washington, where the family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m.

Memorials have been established for the Richland Public Library or St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be left for Arlene’s family at

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