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. https://secure.lcfamerica.org/dawnpfaender