August 21, 1931 - November 16, 2014


Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph for Robert E. “Bob” Pfannenstein, age 83, of St. Joseph, who passed away on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Mother of Mercy (Memory Lane) in Albany, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Reverend Jerome Tupa, OSB will officiate. Military Honors will take place after Mass on Thursday. Placement of the urn will take place in the New Parish Cemetery at a later date.

Family and friends may call from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and one hour prior to the service on Thursday all at the St. Joseph Catholic Church’s Heritage Hall in St. Joseph. Parish Prayers will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Heritage Hall.

Bob was born on August 21, 1931 in St. Joseph, Minnesota to Edward and Mary (Rennie) Pfannenstein. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Korea from 1953 to 1955. He married Jeanette “Nettie” Ketten on July 2, 1977. He lived in St. Joseph all his life. Bob worked as a Carman for Burlington Northern Railroad for 44 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish, Knights of Columbus #7057, St. Joseph Senior Citizens, American Legion Post #328, St. Joseph V.F.W. Post #5773, and NARVE.

He enjoyed fishing in his younger years but his greatest joys in life were working in the outdoors, biking, walking and gardening. Bob treasured the time spent with his family.

Bob is survived by his wife, Jeanette “Nettie”; daughter, Sara (Nate) Goese of Brooklyn Park; granddaughter, Hayley; sisters, Mary Ann (Ben) Poepping of St. Cloud, Helen Krebsbach of St. Joseph, and Ione (Jim) Gustafson of The Villages, Florida; brother Ralph (Judy) Pfannenstein of Brooklyn Park; and sister-in-law, Lori Pfannenstein of St. Joseph.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gene; sister, Claudette Klein; and brothers-in-law, Tom Krebsbach and Hub Klein.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at Mother of Mercy (Memory Lane) in Albany and St. Croix Hospice for their outstanding and compassionate care for Bob.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.