Kimberly Pfender

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Kimberly Lynn Pfender, nee Furesz, 53, of Belleville, IL, born April 28, 1968, in Mt. Clemens, MI, died Friday, August 20, 2021, at her residence.

Kimberly was a United States Air Force veteran. She worked as a paralegal at Scott Air Force Base. Kimberly enjoyed bowling, cooking, and hanging out with her friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John II and Rosalie, nee Furesz, Roberson; and a grandson, Taylor Brann.

Surviving are her husband of 25 years, Robert “Chris” Pfender, whom she married on October 25, 1995;
three children, Aaron (Jessica) Brann, Delaney Pfender, and Ian Pfender;
three grandchildren, Sebastian, Edison, and Braxton Brann;
a brother, John Roberson III;
a sister, Consuela Roberson;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, August 27, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing, will be observed.

Funeral:  Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 27, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Wayne Wester officiating.

Burial of cremated remains will be held at a later date.


49 Comments on Kimberly Pfender

Malik Leigh said : Guest Report Aug 29, 2021 at 9:18 AM

Kim "PF" Pfender was an amazing woman and my first and best mentor as an atty. She took great care of me while I was interning at Lajes Field, Portugal and made sure I made the best legal decisions as a young atty starting out. She LIVED for bowling and her family. She was/is an amazing person and friend, and I'm going to miss knowing she cannot bless everyone she meets with her smile and friendly nature. Thank you for everything you did for me PF, and my heart goes out to Chris, Delaney, and Ian.

  • Pompano Beach
  • Fl
LaTanya and Christopher Wateland said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2021 at 10:44 PM

Pfender family - our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kim welcomed Christopher and I to Alaska and made us feel at home. I could always count on Kim, day or night. She always found a way to make me feel special - from homemade cupcakes for my birthday, throwing me my first baby shower, to celebrating and visiting us in the hospital as we welcomed our first child. Words cannot express how much Kim meant to our family. We will miss her dearly. May the Lord watch over you all and bring you peace during this difficult time. LaTanya, Christopher, and Nora Wateland

  • Tucson
  • Arizona
Lori Lichtenwalter said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2021 at 12:17 PM

When I worked with Kim at Griffiss AFB NY, she was always smiling and happy - bringing smiles to everyone around. A truly uplifting joy to be around. Kim - you are gone way too soon and will be deeply missed. God bless...

  • Macungie
  • PA
Alexis King said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2021 at 9:43 AM

So very sorry for your loss and grief! May the Lord comfort and give you peace and may you know her love for you endures forever! Sincerely, Alexis and family

  • Scott AFB
  • IL
Brianne Seymour said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2021 at 12:06 AM

Ms. Kim was a wonderful person. She was so kind and caring for those around her. When people describe her as the office mom, it wasn't just because of her experience and expertise, or because she was the one who kept track of everyone's birthdays and brought in cupcakes. She was the first person everyone went to with whatever was happening in their lives - whether to have someone to commiserate with their sorrows or worries or to have someone to share in their joy - and she always had an open door for any of us. She was also wicked awesome at her job. She mentored junior personnel on a multitude of levels, juggled about a thousand tasks at a time without dropping one ever, and still kept an eye on other people to make sure they didn't drop anything either. We said our goodbyes when we both left JBER, but I didn't really think it would be forever forever. I know her family gave her more joy than anything else in the world (even bowling). I'm deeply sorry for your loss.

  • Osan
  • Korea
Morgan said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2021 at 10:47 AM

Everyday around Mrs. Pfender really was a good day because you could feel the love she had for her family, friends, and everyone around her. She was the best office mom I could have hoped for when I arrived at my first base. I appreciate her guidance, tips, and everything else she offered. My condolances and heart go out to her loved ones.

  • JBER
  • Alaska
Matt Lund said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2021 at 7:03 PM

I remember the day Kim told me about connecting with AJ, and she was so very happy. Her love for her family knew no bounds and she showed that love to those she worked with also. I’m sad that she is gone, and yet I have a smile imagining her family reunion with her parents. “Every day is a good day!”

  • JBER
  • AK
Thomas Pelfrey said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2021 at 3:07 PM

Kim I can see your smiling face right now! I have never met anyone in my life so caring and compassionate about everyone! Since the day we met at Misawa AB Japan you have taught me so much about life and loving people unconditionally. I am so thankful I got to have dinner with you and Chris on 4 June in Alaska at Settlers Bay. It was my honor what to serve with you and when I do grow up I want to be just like you! Yes I was so looking forward to coming and staying at your new mansion i'm going fishing with you all. Death cannot separate our friendship/Love we've shared over the last 18 years. I will see you again my friend but not yet so be looking for me down the road, I Love who and what you stood for in this life!

  • Waddell
  • AZ
Mike King said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2021 at 2:24 PM

I only worked with Kim for a short time, but she was such a joy and so very competent at all she touched! She will be sorely and sincerely missed.

  • Scott AFB
  • IL
Dan White said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2021 at 12:32 PM

I worked with Kim at JBER and was fortunate enough to get to work with her again at AMC. Her professionalism and competence were a remarkable credit to herself and the profession. But what made her special were the kindness and willingness to help, regardless of what was asked. She will be greatly and terribly missed.

  • Shiloh
  • Il
Moe Davis said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2021 at 7:38 AM

Dear Chris and family — I’m so terribly sorry to hear about Kim’s passing. I enjoyed the time I got to spend with her in the Air Force. If I had to describe her in 2 words they would be dependable and personable. Whenever Kim had something to do, I knew it would get done and I wouldn’t have to check back to make sure. I also recall that no matter how hectic things got, she would crack a joke, have a smile on her face, and not grumble. If only more people had that kind of energy and attitude. I wish that you had been given more time with her, but I can tell you that I will always remember fondly the time Kim and I spent together. Lisa and I will keep you in our thoughts. — Moe Davis

  • Asheville
  • NC
Thomas Pelfrey said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2021 at 1:18 AM

Kim, you truly were the kindest most loving person I've ever known. You always had a smile on your face and Joy in your heart. Your positivity was contagious and we never lost contact with each other since the day we met at Misawa AB Japan around 2004. Death will not take away our friendship and Love for people. I am very very sad your gone but I'm so Grateful you allowed me to be a part of your family! I Miss/Love you and someday I'll see you again ❤️?‍??

  • Waddell
  • AZ
Audrey (Aviva) Lewis said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2021 at 11:49 PM

Chris, Delaney, Ian, and AJ, (who I did not have the pleasure to meet), I am finding this very hard to write, and the tears are flowing as I do so. For 5 years Kim has been the heart and soul of our legal office at JBER. She always had time for everyone, she was superb at her job, and her smile and enthusiasm were infectious. Every week at our staff meeting, she would start her announcements by declaring "Every day is a good day!" And she meant it. When she occasionally forgot to start with her catch phrase, we would tease her gently and remind her to say it. We were sad to see her leave Alaska, yet so pleased for her that so many things seemed right in her life as you all moved on to Scott Air Force Base. I hope that in your grief, you can find a little comfort from the fact that so many of us loved Kim and will keep her in our thoughts always. I think, in her memory, I will take up her mantle, and declare that every day is a good day; it's a wonderful philosophy. Wishing you all peace, comfort and only joyful memories of your wonderful wife and mother. We will all miss her greatly. Aviva

  • Anchorage
  • AK
Geoffery Gunn said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2021 at 12:39 PM

I met Kim in January 2000 at the USAF JAG School. Shawn Goforth was my instructor and he had a new instructor with him, Kim Pfender. Kim had a bright smile and loved talking about her new born baby. Later we served together in Misawa, Japan. I recall she arrived the day my daughter was born. I was glad to see a familiar face. Kim and Chris were not friends they were family. Kim had a passion for training the troops. Chris was a good friend away from work. Chris would ask me to ride motorcycles with him. I taught Kim to ride them in Japan. Kim will be greatly missed. God must have bigger plans for her or she completed her duties in this world. RIP Kim. Forever in our hearts.

  • Columbus
  • Georgia
Todd Martin said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2021 at 11:18 AM

Chris I am so sorry for your loss of Kim. From what I’ve read she sounds like she was a incredible woman. Remember God is with you and your family and if you need Anything please reach out to me! Love Todd

  • Pensacola
  • Florida
Traci Jordan said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2021 at 10:31 PM

Kim was an amazing friend and coworker. I met her in Misawa when I was a volunteer at the legal office in 2003. She was kind, sweet, knowledgeable, and was always helpful. I send my deepest condolences and sympathy to her family. She will be missed. Love you Kim Pfender my friend… ?????

  • Upper Marlboro
  • MD
Shawn Goforth said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2021 at 9:04 PM

Kim andI served together at the JAG school. We were also neighbors on base sharing a wall in connected townhomes. Kim was the most likable person with the biggest heart one could possibly know. She kept in touch over the years and visited us in Tampa. My memories of her include constant laughter at her jokes - often at my expense but they were so funny - our time together rewriting school curriculum, and seeing her passion to her students when things went south (family member passing all the way to a low test score). We didn’t feel like friends but like family. Her strongest passion and love was to her family including all three kids. She would break with joy while talking about them. Her kids were her greatest joy and Chris her Greatest companion, perfectly matched. She was taken too soon there is no doubt but there must be a higher purpose for her some how but that doesn’t make it easy for all of us. We will always cherish Kim and our short time with her. Chris if you all need anything, let us know. We love you all. Our deepest condolences, Shawn and Pepper Goforth

  • Tampa
  • FL
Ismael Rodriguez said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2021 at 7:04 PM

Kim and I served together while I served as the Chaplain at Lajes. Her contagious smile and dedication to service was ever present. I pray for comfort and strength for her family and friends during this difficult time. She will never be forgotten.

  • San Antonio
  • TX
Robert &Monika Smith said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2021 at 7:36 AM

Rest in Piece Kim. Shocked is I guess the best word for us. Met Kim and Chris at Misawa AB Japan. Condolences to the family.

  • Spring Hill
  • FL
Charle coffey said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2021 at 6:21 AM

Sending prayers for peace and comfort in your time of loss.

  • Tullahoma
  • TN
Lisa Foster said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2021 at 3:50 AM

I knew Kim from High School and lost touch. My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to all her family and friends.

  • Center Line
  • Mi
Angela Karnes Padron said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2021 at 2:30 AM

Kim was the most positive person and always had a smile. She will be missed by many. Hugs and healing to her family and all those she touched along the way.

  • Otterbach
  • Germany
Melkys Clark (Quiñones) said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 11:31 PM

OMG, a mutual friend of Kim Pfender and I just messaged about Kim! I was in totally shock and could not believe the news, so I went to her page and saw that it was true! I am heartbroken and will be praying for her husband and family! Please keep us posted as I would love to send flowers or contribute to a go fund me. Kim was a beautiful soul with a smile and spirit that could light up any room. May the Lord keep Chris and her family wrapped in His arms of protection so they feel His peace as they go through this difficult time. Rest In Peace my beautiful friend and sister in arms ?

  • San Antonio
  • Texas
Samantha Bernyk said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 10:37 PM

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Kim was an amazing person and friend. I’m thankful for the time I got to know and spend with her while we were stationed at JBER. I pray the good lord comforts her family and friends as they process this. Heaven truly gained another Angel.

  • Goldsboro
  • NC
peggelee kendro said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 9:14 PM

I worked with Kim at JBER and since we were both former AF paralegals became friends--we shared the same birthday--an awesome woman gone too soon. Prayers for the entire family.

  • Wasilla
  • Alaska
Laribeth Noel said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 9:12 PM

I was stationed in Japan with Kim, we bowled together and hung out numerous times (especially fun times in Karaoke). Always loved her smile and laugh. I looked up to her for advice and she always made everyone smile. You will be truly missed Kim.

  • Fayetteville
  • NC
Jimmy Cornelius said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 9:05 PM

Chris, I am so sorry to hear about your beautiful wife!!! She was an amazing Paralegal, worker and friend. May our Heavenly Father give you peace and may you feel presence like a warm blanket around you and your family.

  • Converse
  • Texas
Michael Pierson said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 8:42 PM

My condolences to the Pfender family. I worked with Kim the last month in her time at AMC. The passion she brought to her vocation was inspiring; a passion evident also in her roles as mother, grandmother, and spouse by a quick glance around her desk. Albeit a short time I worked with her; she nonetheless impacted me. I will miss her.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Patti McGhee said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 8:15 PM

Kim and I served together in the Air Force. She had a wonderful smile and was a joy to work with everyday. She will be missed. Prayers to her family ????????

  • Fort Knox
  • Kentucky
Samantha Goodwin said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 8:09 PM

I worked with Kim at JBER and she made the legal office a great place to be! She was so kind and cheerful and really cared about everyone there. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. Wishing her family strength during this very difficult time. We will miss you, Kim!

  • Rolla
  • MO
Michelle Nester said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 7:57 PM

I’m so sorry for your loss of such awesome Mother, Wife and daughter of God… She will be so missed. You are all in my prayers

  • Shreveport
  • LA
Camille DozierSummers said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 7:20 PM

I was froends with Kim through school in Mt. Clemens, MI. Always smiling, Kim was a wonderful person!!!!! ❤ My Condolences to her family and all of those who knew her. Camille

  • Richton Park
  • IL
David Taylor said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 7:13 PM

Gone way to soon. See you on the other side one day. Prayers to your loved ones. May the strength you have shown remain in them.

  • Clinton Township
  • Mi
Matthew and Danielle Shively said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 6:57 PM

You will be so very missed by so many. You were an amazing Airman, awesome Law Office Superintendent, incredible instructor, and most of all an even more perfect friend to us. We love and will miss you very much Kim. The Shively family thoughts and prayers to Chris and the kids. We are always here for you.

  • San Antonio
  • Texas
Kristina (Kiernan) Kriechel said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 5:54 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Kim's passing. We were stationed together at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. We had a lot of fun working together. Prayers for her family.

  • Enon
  • Ohio
Mark Truman said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 5:22 PM

I was very fortunate to have met Kim just a few months ago when she joined Air Mobility Command (AMC). Immediately after joining the team, she quickly proved to everyone that she was an incredible paralegal, servant leader to all, and very passionate about her family and friends. Her AMC Family will deeply miss Kim and are forever thankful for the memories we now have of her. Rest in peace, Kim. May God comfort you and your family and friends in this time of loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jessica Madsen said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 5:13 PM

I don’t even had the words. Kim was an amazing woman who cared about every single person she ever met. She was the office mom and was always there for everyone. If we didn’t know the answer, Kim was our go to. For literally everything. My heart is just in pieces and all my thoughts and prayers go out to the Pfender family. Every day is a good day.

  • JBER
  • AK
Caris said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 5:12 PM

Delaney I am so sorry for your loss losing your parent especially your mom is hard I love you ❤️ please let me know if I need to do anything your a great friend and person I am so glad I met you in choir I’m praying for you

  • Eagle river
  • Anchorage
Kenny Moore said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 4:56 PM

I met Kim at Lajes Air Force base and she was an amazing person and always upbeat and positive. My condolences to her friends and family and she will be missed.

  • San Antonio
  • Texas
Kevin Ott said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 4:39 PM

Kim was always a smiling face at the legal office on Lajes Field in the Azores. And of course nearly unbeatable on the bowling lanes. She was an awesome coach of the youth on Lajes. Rest in Peace Chief

  • Rapid City
  • SD
Chris said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 4:36 PM

There aren’t many people who can make an immediate impact on a life, but Kim was one of the few who could and did for me and my family. My wife and I bowled with Kim in leagues and tournaments, and Kim was also our 3 and 5 year old boys first bowling instructor in their youth league. She was loved by all of us, and will be thoroughly missed. Chris, you and your entire family are in our prayers.

  • JBER
  • Alaska
Andy Romey said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 4:14 PM

Kim was a great friend and mentor to me. I wouldn't have made it through my first duty assignment in Alaska without her advice and support. Every time I see my bowling ball I will think of her. My deepest condolences to all of you.

  • Kaiserslautern
  • DE
DeShantell Coles said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 4:02 PM

My condolences to the entire family. Mrs. Pfender played an important role in helping me grow as an airman. I will never forget her kindness and her joy. "Everyday is a good day" was her daily phrase...I pray the family will use her words to press forward through their sorrow and pain.

  • Crestview
  • Florida
Sherry Bowes said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 3:51 PM

The Lord gained another angel in Kim. Such a wonderful patriot, friend, mother, and wife. Very sorry for your loss Pfender family. You are all in our prayers. Rest In Peace Kim. The Bowes family.

  • Tipp City
  • Ohio
Paulo said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 3:51 PM

Hello, I met Kim at Lajes Air Base - Azores Portugal. She taught some of her passion for bowling. Always very friendly and with a captivating smile. I leave my true and heartfelt condolences to the whole family. Wishing that you were strong and all of you remember your smile forevermore. May you rest in peace.

  • Lisboa
  • Lisboa
Heather Ives said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 3:50 PM

I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I worked with Mrs. Pfender at the legal office in JBER, AK. I remember every day she said, “every day’s a good day” with a smile on her face. She had a sweet heart and soul. Prayers for healing and peace. God Bless. <3

  • Navarre
  • FL
Ruth Blair said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 3:48 PM

I only knew Kim briefly but am so grateful that she gave birth to my wonderful son-in-law. My heart goes out to all of her family and friends! Praying for you all.

  • Allegan
  • Michigan
Betty Swayze said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 3:41 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of knowing Kim through Real Estate and attending a Pampered Chef party at her house. I'll be praying for your family.

  • Manchester
  • Tn
Daphne & Josh Elliott said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 3:32 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. She was definitely 1 in a million. Gone to soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris & the kids during this time.

  • Bedford
  • TX

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