A Mass of Christian Burial for Army Cpl. Jacob M. Pfister, who died in action in Iraq, will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 2050 South Creek Road, North Evans.
Cpl. Pfister died April 19 when a car bomb exploded near his patrol near the airport road in Baghdad. He was 27.
Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, he attended Grover Cleveland High School, where he played tight end on the football team and received a citizenship award at graduation. He attended the University at Buffalo, where he also played on the football team, and Buffalo State College.
He left Buffalo State to enlist in the Army four years ago.
Cpl. Pfister was serving with the 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Stewart, Ga., on his second tour of duty in Iraq.
At a memorial service in Iraq, he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart and was promoted to corporal.
He and his wife, the former Ashleigh Rosenberg, were married last July. She is expecting their first child, a daughter, in June.
In addition to his wife, survivors include his mother and stepfather, Amy MacGregor and David Morrisey of North Evans; three brothers, Navy Petty Officer Second Class Ian Morrisey, stationed in Brunswick, Maine, Joshua Cirrito of Wheatfield and Marshall Morrisey of North Evans; four sisters, Rachel Morrisey of Jacksonville, Fla., Kaylee Cirrito of Wheatfield, Andrea of Jamestown and Monica Morrisey of North Evans; and three grandparents, Hugh and Edith MacGregor of North Collins and Norman Pfister of Blasdell.