Sunday, October 6, 2019

Dawn Carolyn Pfaender

Dawn Carolyn Pfaender passed away September 29th, 2019.  She was 67 years old.  Born in St. Augustine on August 17th, 1952, she and her family later moved to Winter Park.  She graduated from Winter Park High School in 1970 (where she met her high school sweetheart and future husband, Bob) and moved to Atlanta to attend the Fashion Institute of America.  The school folded after she was there a year and she returned to Winter Park. 

She married Bob Pfaender on December 29th, 1972.  They had been married for 46 ½ years.   She and Bob decided to follow an opportunity in New Jersey in 1973 and lived there until 1979.  She found a job as a legal secretary for two elderly attorneys doing estate work in Montclair, NJ.   In late 1979 she, Bob and their newborn baby Jaime, moved to southern California for Bob’s work.  She worked hard as a stay at home Mom and in 1982 Lindsey was born.   In late 1984 the family had an opportunity to return to Florida and did so in Tampa, FL.  There in 1986 Christine was born.  Now with her hands full as a Mom, the family relocated to St. Cloud, FL to be close to her parents who lived there.  They remained there for 20+ years as the children attended elementary, middle, and high school and made friends for life.   Dawn decided to go back to work and earned a position as executive secretary to the director of Public Works and Engineering at the City of Kissimmee.  She excelled in that job for 10 + years.   Following that experience, Dawn secured a position as the admin at the Osceola county government complex for the Auditor’s department where she worked for several years before retiring in 2008.  During that time the family moved to Lake Mary, FL where they presently reside.  Her volunteer experience during those years included founding the St. Cloud Youth Football Cheerleaders organization that had not previously existed for girls in St. Cloud prior to her doing so.  She also founded the Osceola chapter of the IAAP organization (International Assoc of Administrative Professionals) and was the President of that organization for several years.  Today her hard work is still present in both of these organizations.

Dawn's total passion and focus was her family, her children and grandchildren.  She is survived by her husband Bob 67 of Lake Mary - daughter Jaime Lawrence, 40 and her husband Matt Lawrence also 40 of Lake Mary - daughter Lindsey Tomaszewski 36, her husband Matt Tomaszewski, 41 of Windermere - daughter Christine Hamilton 32 , her husband Drew Hamilton 35 of Lake Mary - grandchildren Katie Lawrence, 10 - Carter Lawrence, 6 - Jack Hamilton 16 months - Gavin Tomaszewski 12 months.  Dawn will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held on October 19, 2019 at 2pm at the Church of Ascension 4950 S. Apopka Vineland Road Orlando, Florida 32819.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers  donations can be made in Dawn's name to the following link.


Unknown said...

I'm very sorry for the family's loss. Dawn always seemed so proud of Bob and her children. I could tell that she was so supportive of them. A great mom and wife.

My thoughts and support go out to the Pfaender family.

Andy Gladstone

molly zimmer said...

My deepest condolences to the Pfaender family. Dawn was always so generous with her time and sharing Bob with us at USTA Florida. May you find comfort in the special angel watching over your family. Rest in Peace Dawn.

Molly Zimmer

Unknown said...

Dawn was an extremely generous and loving person - giving her all for family. We hope that you will soon find peace and comfort knowing her legacy lives on through Bob, the children and the grandchildren she so deeply loved. Our deepest condolences for the entire Pfaender family.

Glenn & Katy Arrington

Unknown said...

My deepest condolences to the Pfaender family. Bob and all of the family and friends will be in my prayers.

Chris Stuart

Rob Scott said...

I have no words. I'm so very sorry for your loss Bob!

Unknown said...

I'm so sorry to hear this news. My deepest condolences to Bob, the family, and friends of Dawn.

Eric Driscoll

Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy to you Bob for the loss of your life partner and for your family who has just lost their mother. She sounds like a very dedicated and amazing woman. May the love of your family and the many cherished memories you shared together bring you peace & comfort during this very difficult time. ❤️

Warm regards,
Michelle Skipwith

Anonymous said...

Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss, I can’t imagine the sadness you must be feeling. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

Jim Amick

Unknown said...

I am so very sorry for your loss Bob. Sending you and your family my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Christy Perez

Anonymous said...

Bob, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Warmest regards,
Kevin Theos

Unknown said...

Bob, Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this time. My deepest sympathy friend.

Scott Hanover

Unknown said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers to you and your family.

Jenny Schnitzer

Unknown said...

So sorry for your loss Bob. Prayers to you and your family.

Lori Schwartz

Unknown said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember the time I met Dawn in New York and we spent some time talking and laughing a lot. She was a good person and I know she meant the world to you. Take care my friend and know you are in my thoughts.

Cindy Benzon

Ashley said...

Bob, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you and your entire family! I hope you find peace in your wonderful memories of Dawn.

Ashley Portwood

Unknown said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the entire family.

Renee Lentz

Anonymous said...


So many people are with you during this difficult time. Please know that your family is in our

Van Barry

Laura P said...

"No one's death comes to pass without making some impression and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humanness." ~ Hermann Broch, an Austrian writer (1886-1951)

Bob, I'm so sorry for your loss - love & prayers to you and your family.
Laura Puryear

Unknown said...

Dear Bob and Family,
From the bottom of my heart, I want to express my deepest condolences to you and the entire Pfaender family during these difficult times. Thinking of Dawn, it gives me comfort to know that her Love and Legacy will live forever in the hearts of her family and friend.
Rest in Peace, Dawn.
Love and Prayers.

Marcelo Gouts

Katherine Perrin said...

Bob and the Pfaender family, my deepest condolences for this loss to your family. May the wonderful memories you have of Dawn keep you strong through this time.

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