Joseph Pfeifer, Merchant Marine

Joseph C. Pfeifer, 85, a resident of Oswego, died May 29, 2012, at home surrounded by his family.

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

He 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.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing and was an avid Yankees fan. He was a trustee of St. Louis’s Church for over 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, N.Y. and Sally Pfeifer of Virginia; two grandchildren, Casey Woods and Ryan Woods; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and a memorial service were held Friday at Nelson Funeral Home, Oswego. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

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

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