Melvin Pfister

Melvin “Mel” Pfister, 90, of New Holstein passed away on June 16, 2020.

Mel was born Nov. 25, 1929 in Kiel to the late Roman Sr. and Leona (Nissler) Pfister. He graduated from Kiel High School in 1947.

Mel had a strong work ethic his entire life. He started his work at a young age on his parents’ farm assisting with various farm duties. Mel was a war veteran—he was in the Army for several years stationed in Alaska. On July 20, 1979, at the age of 49, he was united in marriage to the former Norma (Keller) Volk at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Sheboygan. During his adult years, Mel went into the trucking industry and also maintained a car dealership and rental property business in New Holstein. He retired at the age of 70.

Mel will always be remembered as a devoted and loving husband. He enjoyed Norma’s cooking, delighted in talking politics, and loved a good fish fry. He also enjoyed giving family members tours of New Holstein and appreciated telling stories of bygone years. Mel was also a devoted Catholic as a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in New Holstein.

Mel is survived by nephews Robert (Lynne) Pfister, James (Melissa) Pfister, Thomas (Linda) Pfister, Mark (Ann) Pfister, and Brian Pfister; nieces Gail (Richard) Doblar and Shelley Negro-Struve; a step-daughter, Kathy Hartig; step-son John Volkk; step-grandchildren Roberta Volk, Roxanne Eisner, Amy (John) Houwers, Theresa (Jesse) Tilley, and Samantha Hartig; and great-nieces, nephews, and step-great-grandchildren.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents, Roman and Leona; wife Norma; brothers Eugene and Romy Pfister; nephew Paul Pfister; and step-sons Robert and Michael Volk.

A funeral Mass for Mel will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 22 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1724 Madison St., New Holstein. Family and friends may gather at the church on Monday from 10 to 10:50 a.m. when brief family rites will be held before the Mass starts at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow at a later time at Holy Cross Cemetery, Sheboygan.

A special thank you to Matthew’s Oncology, St. Nicholas Hospital, Tender Hearts Home Health Care, Prevea Oncology Rehab Team, and special friend Eve Kovacs for their amazing care and loving support the last several years.

A memorial fund in Melvin’s name has been set up to the Sheboygan County Cancer Fund.and Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home of Kiel is assisting with arrangements.

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