James Pfeffer
December 7, 1926 - March 10, 2018

James Pfeffer

James Pfeffer
Dec 7, 1926 - Mar 10, 2018

James Pfeffer
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James "Jim" Wallace Pfeffer, of Rochester, MN, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Rochester Rehabilitation & Living Center. Mr. Pfeffer was 91 years of age.
Jim was born December 7, 1926 in Alexandria, MN to Frank and Mayme (Hendricks) Pfeffer. He is preceded in death by his brother, Frank.
Jim spent his formative years in Alexandria before moving to Minneapolis in 1941. On August 6, 1950 Jim was married to Phyllis Bloomer in Morristown, MN, whom he is survived by.
A very social individual, Jim was a lifetime member of the Elks and a longtime member of the Duplicate Bridge Club in Rochester. Jim worked as a plumber for a number of years before starting his own plumbing business, "Pfeffer Plumbing & Heating," which he owned from 1959-1989 and lead him to many long-lasting friendships. An avid golfer, Jim spent many summer days on the courses in and around Rochester with friends and family. When not on land, Jim could be found on any number of lakes fishing and would spend many weeks per year fishing Canadian waters.
In addition to his wife, Phyllis, Jim is survived by his daughter Tamara (James) Nothwehr, son Mike (Judy) Pfeffer, grandchildren Annie (Tim) Skoraszewski, Scott Nothwehr, Greg Pfeffer, and Brad Pfeffer, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4:00pm-7:00pm at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home on Thursday, March 15, 2018. A funeral service will be held at 11:00am Friday, March 16, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester where Jim and family were longtime congregants. There will be an additional visitation one hour prior the funeral service at Trinity Lutheran Church. Inurnment will be a later date at Oakwood East Cemetery.
The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and staff who helped to care for and support Jim over the years, with special thanks and appreciation to the staff at Rochester Rehabilitation & Living Center, Green Prairie Rehabilitation Center, and Seasons Hospice. Memorials are suggested to the National Parkinson Foundation at
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Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 289-3600

Lynn on Mar 16, 2018

Mike, Judy & family,

Thinking of you!

Lynn Nelson

Carol Fitzgerald on Mar 15, 2018

Deep and heartfelt sympathy. May the joy of your memories bring you peace in your hearts,
Carol (Hiley) Fitzgerald

Lynn Har Coker on Mar 14, 2018

Tammy I thought this was your dad and just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and your family over the lose of your dad. Take care...

Jodi Erickson on Mar 14, 2018

You'll be missed a ton, Uncle Jim. Generous and big-hearted with a laugh I loved to hear - and heard a lot at so many Christmases, Thanksgivings, Easters and many other times. Bet you're already fishing in Heaven with my dad and grandpa!

Molly Novitzke on Mar 14, 2018

Will miss you immensely Uncle Jim. Like is always said by many, who wouldn't love Jim Pfeffer? Quick wit, avid fisherman and loving father, husband, grandparent and uncle.

Layne Vinje on Mar 14, 2018

The smile says it all! Jim and I were 3rd Monday partners at the bridge club, until he couldn't play anymore. It was always an adventure plating with Jim, but it was also always fun. I have missed your smile, Jim, and I always will.

Jean Grehan on Mar 14, 2018

Dear Tami, Sure am glad I was able to see your dad when I was in Rochester visiting my mom! I know this is a tough time for for all the family members.... Time to think of good memories.....boating, fishing, etc....Hang on there !, Love, Jeano

Helen Scheid on Mar 14, 2018

Jim really was a one of a kind guy. He had a great, sweet personality and he always had a smile on his face. It was a joy to spend time with him. I was one of his bridge partners for many years. He loved the game of bridge. He took it serious but always knew it was just a game. Win or lose, he had a good time and made so many friends through the game of bridge. I so admired him for his will to keep going with all his medical problems. He never complained. I am going to miss him a lot. I'll bet Jim has already found bridge partners in Heaven. Your friend, Helen Scheid

Amy and Shane O'Brien on Mar 13, 2018

Dear Phyllis and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was a dear friend to my parents. I will always remember his smile, kindness and laughter. He was loved by many and held a special place in my heart. He was always up for a good laugh and pranks and he opened his heart to everyone he met. My thoughts and prayers are with you. The boys are hitting some sticks in heaven! Jim, Sandy and Alex for sure! We still have a jar fully of pennies and honey a bet my dad lost to his friend Jim! Love to all Amy (Nerby) O'Brien and Shane

Denny and Lois Midtvedt on Mar 13, 2018

Who couldn't love Jim Pfeffer? Such an unconditional-loving, friendly person. We know first-hand; he was our brother-in-law. We'll miss him so much; but feel so blessed to have had him in our life . .. including our Canadian fishing experiences.

Nancy Smith on Mar 13, 2018

Mike, Judy, Greg and Brad... this is one of those milestone moments. The memories come flooding back and you wonder where the time went. Judy's dad was taken too young. Mine passed away just a few years ago. We miss them every day. When I think of my two lifelong friends (Judy Pfeffer (Tipka) and Kristi Olivera (Berg), I can't help but think of LeRoy (Judy's dad), Vince (Kristi's dad, still going strong) and Vern (my dad). All prominent Rochester businessmen just like Jim. I truly believe that our similar backgrounds brought us together and kept us together. Thank you to all dads of children born in the 50s and God bless LeRoy, Vince, Vern and Jim. Laughter will replace the tears, I promise.
-Nancy Smith



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