Edward John Pfeifer, III (Ed), age 73 of Mars, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday morning, March 24, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.
Originally from Millvale, PA, educated at Kent State University and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Ed was a licensed funeral director at E.J. Pfeifer Funeral Home in Millvale, started by his grandfather, where he worked for 13 years. He was a former supervisor at Frank DeBor Funeral Home in Brookline and in 1977, he moved his family to Mars to own and operate the Walters-Pfeifer Funeral Home until 1982. In 1986, he and his wife purchased Mars Hardware to establish what is now Pfeifer Hardware, Inc., providing service to the Mars area for the past 37 years.
Always active in the Mars community, Ed was past president of the Mars Kiwanis Club, a life member of the Adams Area Fire District, a social member of the Mars VFW, and had served on the Quality Ambulance Board of Directors. He also belonged to the Syria Shrine and Consistory, NACO Caravan, was a member of Corinthian Lodge #573, and a life member of the NRA.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth A. Goetz Pfeifer whom he married on September 27, 1969, his son, Edward IV (Stacey) of Mars, his daughter, Melissa Stobert (Rhett) of Sarver, and his adored grandchildren, Alex, Amanda, Adam, Clayton, and Andrew. Sisters, Mary Kay Miller, Sandra Seidl, and brother Thomas (Linda). He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward J. Pfeifer, Jr. and Annamae Pfeifer.
Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, PA, on Sunday, March 26, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 27, at 11:00 AM at the Mars United Presbyterian Church, 232 Crowe Ave., Mars, PA. Reverend Brian Hauser officiating. Please meet at the church. Interment will be at Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
The Pfeifer family wishes to sincerely thank Laura Goetz (sister-in-law), Heather Dodd and Jennifer Nulph, along with the staff of Good Samaritan Hospice whose loving hearts and gentle hands aided Ed’s peaceful exit from this world.
Memorial donations in Ed’s memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.