Juliane Pfeffer

July 10, 1959January 6, 2014

Juliane Pfeffer's decade-long battle with breast cancer ended quietly at home in Rogers in the early hours of Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. She was 54. The California girl made a career in Northwest Arkansas as a chef and caterer and co-founder of Pfeffer's Gourmet Catering. But she was also a wife, daughter and extraordinary mother of five girls ages 12 to 27. Friends and family agree — her girls were her life. The former Juliane Quinlan was born on July 10, 1959, in Bellflower, Calif., the eldest and only daughter of Bob and Dona Quinlan's three children. Dona Quinlan did most the child-rearing while husband Bob traveled for work. “She was the toughest kid on the street,” Bob Quinlan said of Juliane. She was always taking up for her two younger brothers, Michael and Gregory Quinlan, battling the pair's adversaries, even making them cry. To say she was strong-willed was an understatement, the dad said. It was her father who had introduced her to fine dining and cooking. She had developed a taste for lobster by the time she was 10, and on her 16th birthday he took her to eat at the Ruben E. Lee restaurant in Newport Beach, Calif. His job moved the family to London during Juliane's last year of high school. None of the Quinlan children wanted to move, least of all Juliane. They had never even been on an airplane. “We were so homesick,” recalled Gregory Quinlan. “We were miserable, but it turned out to be a fabulous time in all our lives.” The siblings had only each other for entertainment and became quite close, an aspect of Juliane's life that would last the rest of her life. After graduating from London Central High School, she briefly attended the London School of modeling before returning to California and entering the food service industry as a waitress, then bartender. It was during this time she met her future husband, Dwight Pfeffer. They met at a restaurant in Garden Grove, Calif., called Delaney’s, for which their youngest is named (Papa Bob, Julaine's father, calls the toddler his little "bar baby"). Juliane was tending bar at the restaurant and Dwight was a regular. The pair moved together to Arkansas, and at that time, Dwight's daughters, Shelby and Jordan, became the center of Juliane's attention. Family and friends agree that she treated them as her own. With Dwight’s help and some financial backing from her mom and dad, Juliane bought Kaye’s Catering in 1996 and the couple married shortly thereafter. They turned one woman’s "thriving hobby" into one of the area’s top catering companies. She was best-known for her grilled beef tenderloin, hot chicken dip appetizer and one-of-a-kind Georgia treats. Together, she and Dwight catered hundreds of events for crowds from 12 to 1,200. They married in 1998. In business, life — and particularly in sickness — Dwight was Juliane’s cheerleader, backing her play and giving her confidence when the challenges of running a business seemed insurmountable. Juliane was quick to give Dwight credit for helping build their clientele. He’s as good with a marketing plan as she was with a food processor. Some of her more popular products were sold in Sam's Club, and she was honored with a cover story in Sam's Club's Source magazine for business members. She was also featured in Southern Living magazine’s 2004 Home for the Holidays issue. Always proud and supportive, her parents threw her a party to celebrate this monumental milestone. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, endured surgery and chemotherapy, then enjoyed seven glorious years of remission. “We had it beat,” said her brother Gregory. However, the cancer came back in the spring of 2011 and remained an ongoing battle the rest of her days. She is survived by her husband and business partner, Dwight Pfeffer; daughters Shelby Pfeffer of Fayetteville, Jordan Pfeffer of Rogers, Taylor Pfeffer and Delaney Pfeffer of the home and Reyan Hernandez of Oakdale, La., a daughter she adopted as an infant from a previous relationship; her parents Bob and Dona Quinlan of Rogers; brother Michael Quinlan, his wife Emily and nieces Serena and twins Suzette and Natalie, all of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; brother Gregory Quinlan, his partner Vickey and nieces Paige and Tara Quinlan, all also of Rogers; and an aunt, Carolyn Harrellson of Mission Viejo, Calif. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Central United Methodist Church on New Hope Road in Rogers. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations go to Hope Cancer Resources, 5835 W. Sunset Blvd., Springdale, Ark., 72762. The money will be used specifically for prescription drugs for cancer patients who cannot afford them. Cremation arrangements are by Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 11, 2014

Juliane Pfeffer

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sabine dressbach

August 16, 2014

Ur missed

Noelle Richardson

February 3, 2014

I miss you cuz
So very much. I love you with all my heart

January 18, 2014

Dwight, girls, Dona, and Bob, It is never easy to say good-bye to our loved ones, but remember that time can never steal the treasures we carry in our hearts. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Katie and Jay Kraner, Rogers, AR

Steve and Deanna Neifing

January 11, 2014


Our prayers go out to you and your family.

Bobby & Margie Martin

January 10, 2014

Praying God's healing comfort & peace for all of you in this time of grief.
Bobby & Margie Martin

Ron Roberts

January 10, 2014

Bob, Dona and Family
Deepest sympathy to you and your family in this difficult time.

Barbara Graham

January 9, 2014

Bob,Dona and family,
I was so saddened to hear of Julie's passing. I am praying for all of you to find comfort and peace in your sorrow. Love to you all.

Miranda Isaac

January 9, 2014

Dwight and family: No words can express the heartache that so many family members and friends are feeling with the loss of Julie. She was such a bright and bubbly person and she will be missed by so many. Her smile and laugh was so awesome and contagious. We were so lucky to have met such a wonderful person. You and your family are such a blessing and inspiration to so many. Carry on her legacy girls. We love you guys.
Highlands oncology Lab team: Miranda, Mandy, Denise

Bob Ahart

January 9, 2014

Bob, Dona & Dwight,
Paula and I loved Julie and always enjoyed her company and delicious treats. We have fond memories of our times together. God Bless is our prayer for you and that you accept the comfort of a loving God.
Bob and Paula

Susie Bailey

January 9, 2014

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. I will be there for you whenever you need anything.