Max J. Pfeffer, 83, The Winds at Mattern Orchard, Duncansville, formerly of Altoona, died Thursday at The Winds after an extended illness.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late Frank and Mary (Erndl) Pfeffer. He married Theresa M. Johnston on Oct. 1, 1960, at St. Joan of Arc, Frugality, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 20, 2011, after 51 years of marriage.
Surviving are a son, Joseph (Cathy) of Walkersville, Md.; a daughter, Donna Cellini of Laurel, Md.; two sisters-in-law: Annie Johnston of Altoona and Betty Johnston of Dean; two brothers-in-law: Edgar Johnston (Amelia) of Martinsburg and Linus Johnston of Altoona; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Max J. Pfeffer
Max retired from Conrail in 1991 with 37 years of service. Prior to his work at the railroad, he was an assistant buyer at Gable's Department Store until he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean conflict.
Max was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Bavarian Aid Society and a member of the American Legion. Before his health began to decline, he was very active in parish activities and fundraising. He enjoyed woodcrafting, reading and music.
Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at St. Mary's Catholic Church by Monsignor Timothy Stein. Committal will be at St. Mary's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741.