William C. Pefferman, 85, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.
Bill was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., the loving and devoted son of Philip and Percella Pefferman, loyal brother of Delta and Philip Pefferman, and brother-in-law to Mary Lou Hobbs, all deceased.
Despite enduring hardships shared by so many during the days of the Great Depression, Bill cherished his years growing up on the North Side of Pittsburgh. He was a good student and athlete and was elected senior class president at Allegheny High School. Bill served his country in the Army Air Force, returning home at the end of WWII to enroll at the University of Pittsburgh, under the GI Bill, to study chemical engineering. He played baseball in the summers for the Ottie Cochran All-Stars team, coached by Hall of Famer, Pie Traynor.
After graduation, Bill moved to New Martinsville upon his employment at Columbia-Southern Chemical Co. (now PPG). At that time he lived in an apartment on lower Main Street, had no car, and walked to the highway to catch a ride to work. He enjoyed walking the streets of New Martinsville and humorously said that on some evenings the only thing moving on Main Street was the cat in the old Witschey's store window.
He then married the love of his life, Barbara Richey, also from Pittsburgh, and they started a family and a new life together. They loved New Martinsville and her people and considered it an ideal place to live and rear a family.
The support of friends and the community during and after Barbara's courageous but ultimately unsuccessful battle with cancer in 1964 was tremendous and will never be forgotten. Bill started anew in 1971 when he moved to Marietta, to work at Fenton Art Glass in Williamstown. Once again he embraced his new life, made many friends, and thoroughly enjoyed his time in Marietta. One day, soon after he retired from Fenton, Bill noticed a gentleman about his own age working on a neighbor's landscaping. He went outside and asked this man if he would like something cold to drink. This man was Dave Nowery, a retired central Ohio school teacher and coach originally from Follansbee, W.Va., and living in Reno, Ohio, at the time. Soon they would become best friends. They shared much in common and loved going to the Senior Center for lunch or to the mall in Vienna. They would go on long drives on a whim just to enjoy the scenery, visit some place of interest, or to eat at some out-of-the-way diner.
After Bill was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Dave would faithfully drive Bill to his chemo treatments in Wheeling, always stopping on the way home to visit with Bill's family. Bill was fortunate to overcome non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Thank you Dr. Sushil Mehrotra for your excellent care and compassion.
Later, as the effects of Parkinson's disease progressed, Bill moved back to New Martinsville to get the assistance of family members. He felt like he was coming home and he loved his time spent back in New Martinsville. Later, with the need for more help, Bill went to live at The Heritage at St. Marys, an assisted living facility. Dave Nowery would come to see Bill there until his own passing in 2011. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation go to Jay and Jim Powell, owners and operators of The Heritage, for providing a beautiful, loving, and supportive environment for the residents. The care and kindness Bill received from the dedicated staff was exceptional and very much appreciated. He enjoyed the company of his fellow residents and felt blessed to be there.
And now Bill has made his final move. After a life lived with dedication to his family, his country, and his Savior, he goes to his reward to be reunited with Jesus and the saints of God. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to who have loved His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7-9
Bill is survived by sons Bill (Carol) Pefferman, Jim (Margaret) Pefferman, daughters Diane (Lou) Chaldares and Suzy (Jeff) Highland, grandchildren Charity (Jason) Karpac, Richey (Kristin) Pefferman, Brian and Leah Chaldares, Matthew Pefferman, Patrick (Abby) Highland, Barbara Highland, and great-grandchildren Will and Victoria Pefferman, nieces Delta (Randy) Koontz, Debbie (Bruce) LaButis, and Alison (Peter) Chambers.
Memorial services will be private and arrangements handled by Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, New Martinsville.
Bill will be interred beside his wife, Barbara, in Allegheny County Memorial Park, Pittsburgh, Pa.