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John H. Pfeiffer Jr., embalmer at family business

Aug. 2, 1974 – Dec. 31, 2015

John H. Pfeiffer Jr. of Orchard Park, an embalmer and funeral director, died unexpectedly Thursday in Mercy Hospital. He was 41.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Orchard Park High School and attended Erie Community College South Campus and Hudson Valley Community College, where he graduated from the mortuary science program in 1993.

After serving an apprenticeship, Mr. Pfeiffer worked in the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office, then joined the family business at Pfeiffer Mortuary on Elmwood Avenue, which provides transportation and preparation services for local funeral homes.

A caring person, he always read a poem for families before transporting their loved ones.

He was a member of Charles W. Cushman Masonic Lodge 879, and Salem Lutheran Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Hannah and Lillian; his parents, John H. Sr. and Gwen May; two brothers, Sean and Bradley May; a sister, Emily May; his grandmother, Anna Pfeiffer; and a companion, Charlene Kurtz.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue.

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