History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Our family has been helping families throughout Kansas, Colorado, Missouri and Ohio for four (4) Generations. Pfeifer History begins in Germany as artisans and craftsman. In 1876, Michael Pfeifer and his family came to America on the steamship Mosel from Bremen, Germany. Like the Pfeifer family, most Volga Germans were artisans who were compelled by circumstances to devote themselves to agriculture. After settling in Victoria, Kansas, Michael Pfeifer began helping his brother-in-law, engraving limestone grave stones in the winter months. Meanwhile, our maternal great grandfather was making coffins. The Pfeifer family has seen many changes since 1951, when Mark’s uncle, James, acquired his first Funeral Home. After more than 47 years in Funeral the funeral service and ministry, James retired in 1997. Currently, Mark Pfeifer, along with several cousins continues the tradition. Pfeifer Funeral Home and Crematory opened its doors for the first time in Central Ohio to serve the public in 2005.
Our Valued Staff
Mark A. Pfeifer, Mortician, Lic. Embalmer, Lic. Funeral Director, Certified Funeral Service Practitioner
Mark Pfeifer is a licensed embalmer and funeral director. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University, his Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University, and his Associate in Specialized Technology degree from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Mark is a native of the east side of Columbus, and is married with a daughter and twin boys.
Mark has also earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Thanos, and the Central Ohio Funeral Directors Association, for whom he served as a past district officer. He is a licensed insurance agent.
Bobbie Ponn, Mortician, Lic. Embalmer, Lic. Funeral Director
Bobbie J. Ponn holds both an Embalmers and a Funeral Directors license. Bobbie is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree & Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science. She also earned an Associate’s Degree from The Ohio State University before starting Mortuary College in 2004. Bobbie grew up in the Pataskala area and graduated from Watkins Memorial High School. She currently lives in Newark with her husband, Travis; and children, Uriah, Roland; and rescued canine, Roxie. In addition to funeral service, her passion is helping underprivileged youth. Bobbie serves on the Board at Camp O’Bannon and has been actively involved for more than 23 years. During her free-time, she enjoys being with family, volunteering at Camp and helping the Newark Kiwanis club fundraisers.
William Cannon, Lot Attendant / Funeral Assistant
William Cannon has been with Pfeifer Funeral Home since it opened, and heads vehicle operation and maintenance. He was born in Canada but grew up in Columbus, and became an American citizen through military service. He has worked in the funeral industry for over 20 years, serving in every capacity from casket salesman to hearse driver.
Kim Vest, Office Manager / Funeral Assistant
Kim has been with Pfeifer Funeral since 2013. She lives here in Reynoldsburg and was grew up in the Reynoldsburg/Pataskala area. Kim runs the office and coordinates the behind-the-scenes. She has been in customer service for over 23 years.