October 13, 1949 - November 9, 2017


Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph for Robert “Bob” Pfannenstein, age 68, of St. Joseph. Bob passed away, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the East Bank Hospital - University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday, all at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Heritage Hall in St. Joseph. Reverend Jerome Tupa, OSB will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Bob was born on October 13, 1949 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Alcuin and Alvina “Winnie” (Schwegel) Pfannenstein. He was a graduate of St. Cloud Technical High School and later attended St. John’s University. Bob worked as a stone mason for many years and then was employed at the Sartell Paper Mill until his retirement.

Bob was a man of many hobbies and interests including deer hunting, pan fish and walleye fishing, playing softball on the Sal’s Bar team and most recently playing pickleball. Bob had an extremely outgoing and generous personality with a quick wit and a great sense of humor. He was bright, curious, and a life long learner who was always ready to help anyone in need. Bob had a wide and varied network of friends who, like his family, were all very important to him. He enjoyed spending time at his home away from home in Becida with family, friends and especially his grandson Jackson.

He is survived by his mother, Winnie; children, Jon and Nikki (Garrett) Bauer; grandson, Jackson; siblings, Denny (Jan), Jane (Jim) Brummer, Barb (Frank) Hallowell and Mary Jo (Ken) Meyer; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bob is preceded in death by his father, Alcuin and brother, Tom.

A special thank you to the staff of the St. Cloud Hospital and East Bank Hospital - University of Minnesota Medical Center for their excellent and compassionate care.