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Rev. Msgr. Edward B. Pfeffer

Deceased: 2022-03-18


Seminary Graduation Year: 1956

CSM Graduation Year: 1958

Father Edward B. Pfeffer, 89, died on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the Perry Lutheran Home. The funeral was delayed due to COVID. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated by The Most Rev. William M. Joensen, PhD., at 2:00 PM, Monday, October 11, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines.

Father Pfeffer attended Holy Trinity Elementary School, Dowling Catholic High School, Loras College, Mount Saint Bernard Seminary, and was ordained to the priesthood at St. Ambrose Cathedral on May 31, 1956. Following Ordination, he did 2 years Advanced Study in Canon Law in Rome, served as Assistant pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Des Moines and on the Faculty of Dowling Catholic High School, Assistant Pastor of St. Ambrose Cathedral and Vice Chancellor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines. In July of 1964, Father Pfeffer was appointed Chancellor of the Des Moines Diocese, a position in which he served four bishops.

Beginning in 1979 he served as Pastor over the next 20 years in three parishes: “Pfeffer’s Pflock” Sacred Heart in West Des Moines, St. Patrick Church in Council Bluffs and St. Joseph Church in Winterset.

In July of 2000, he began retirement from the Active Ministry and began what is sometimes referred to as the Inactive Ministry. In this case it gave him the opportunity of serving as a volunteer at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women at Mitchellville. There he offered Mass monthly, at Christmas and Easter and participated biannually in REC (Residents Encounter Christ) for 13 years before retiring a second time.

Father Pfeffer prided himself on never having had an unhappy year in his active ministry. His fellow priest countered, however, that the happiest of his years were during and after the Vatican Council II.

Father Pfeffer leaves behind his brother, Jim Pfeffer (Lynn); sister, Janet Fiala; 9 nieces and nephews and 22 great nieces and nephews. He looks forward to the Grand Reunion in Heaven with all who have gone before, especially his Mom, Dad, brother, Fr. Tom and baby brother, Gerald. Memorials may be made to the Priests Pension Fund c/o the Diocese of Des Moines 601 Grand Avenue, Des Moines 50309.