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John A. Pfaff, 89

May 12, 1927 to February 26, 2017

John A. Pfaff, 89, of Princeton passed away at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Born May 12, 1927, in Weehawken, N.J., to John A. and Esther (Loftus) Pfaff, he married Joanne A. Chequer Sept. 25, 1954, in St. Francis Mission Church in Lake Pleasant, N.Y. She survives.

He was a graduate of West Field High School in Westfield, N.J. He attended Villanova University for two years and after the Korean War he completed his bachelorís degree at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., his fatherís alma mater.

He was employed by U.S. Life Insurance Company and retired from Group Administration Agency in Chicago.

He was a former member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in St. Charles and a current member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton. He was a dedicated mentor in AA for many years, an avid gardener and enjoyed playing the piano.

He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Infantry, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Also surviving are one son, John Anthony (Deb) Pfaff of St. Charles; two daughters, Esther F. Pfaff of Gunnison, Colo., and Charlotte A. Pfaff of Anaconda, Mont.; and two grandsons, John Hamilton Pfaff of St. Charles and Garrett Thomas Pfaff of St. Charles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant daughters, Sophia and Julia Pfaff; three sisters, Mary Davie, Esther Pfaff and Jane Bertucio; and one brother, Peter Pfaff.

Service/Memorial Information

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 616 S. Gosse Blvd. in Princeton, with Father Jeffrey Stirniman officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded after the service and burial will take place at Oakland Cemetery in Princeton at a later date. Military rites will be accorded by Princeton American Legion Post 125.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Grant- Johnson Funeral Home, 30 W. Mechanic St., Princeton.

Memorials may be directed to Wounded Warriors.

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  • guestbook"Joanne and Family,
    We are former neighbors of yours in St. Charles and send our thoughts and prayers to you over losing John. We remember John so well and shared stories from our backyard on Bent Ave. Take care and know we are thinking of you."
    Tribute from: Rita and John Markgraf
    March 2, 2017
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  • guestbook"Joanne & Family -
    Sue and I are holding you and the family in our thoughts and prayers. We will be with you Friday evening and for the Mass on Saturday. May the love and care of family and friends help to bring you comfort and peace."
    Tribute from: Tom & Sue Harmon
    March 1, 2017
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