Joseph C. Pfeifer, 85

OSWEGO – Joseph C. Pfeifer, 85, a resident of Oswego, passed away Tuesday May 29, 2012, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Minetto, he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Helen (Routcliffe) Pfeifer.

Joseph C. Pfeifer
Joseph C. Pfeifer

Joseph was a member of the Merchant Marine during World War II.

He worked as a tow motor operator for 50 years at Sealright Co. and retired in 1992.

Joseph enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing and was an avid Yankees fan.

He was a trustee of St. Louis’ Church for more than 20 years.

Surviving are his wife of 18 years, Pauline (Grassi); three daughters, Nancy Pfeifer, Carolyn Pfeifer and Melanie Woods, all of Oswego; one son, Charles Pfeifer of Oswego; one brother, James Pfeifer of Volney; two sisters, Irene (Joseph) Rebeor of Greenville, NY and Sally Pfeifer of Virginia; two grandchildren, Casey Woods and Ryan Woods; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St, Oswego.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held 10-11 a.m., at Nelson Funeral Home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association or to friends of Oswego County Hospice Inc., PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

Nelson Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

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