Harriet Julie Pfister (1920 - 2013)

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Harriet Julie Pfister
December 19, 1920 - September 21, 2013
Harriet Julie Pfister, 92, died peacefully in her home on Friday evening of natural causes. Her son Thomas Pfister and daughter Nancy Pfister were at her side.
She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Pfister Jr., 79 (d. 1998), and her son Gary, 57 (d. 2009), of Orlando, FL, and her brother Frank Hess (d. 1999) of Plano, IL.
Harriet is survived by her son and daughter of Pocatello, and cousin Julie Fawcus of Paris, France.
She was born in Chicago on Dec. 19, 1920. She graduated from Northwestern University and taught 4th grade school in Bellwood, IL for five years. She was a gifted artist and also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.
She worked in the advertising department for Montgomery Ward for five years, a job she always said she enjoyed. She quit in 1949 when she married Frank Pfister Jr. on October 29. Their children arrived in 1952, 1954, and 1956. She enjoyed being a Girl Scout leader for many years and continued even after her daughter quit. She exchanged gifts every year for eighty years with her childhood friend Ferra Norden. They met at a sandbox at age 5.
She lived in Orlando, FL, from 1983 until 2012. She served as President of the Ladies Social Board at Rio Pinar Country Club where she enjoyed playing golf with the 9-Holers and playing cards.
Her friends and family will miss her sweet smile, positive attitude, and cheerful personality. She had a delightful sense of humor and never said a negative word about anyone. She touched many people just by being herself.
The family wishes to thank Idaho Home Health and Hospice for their support, compassion, and care for our mother during the past 16 months. Also, many thanks to Tracy Montgomery, Jeniel Cates, and Claudia Milla for their loving care of our mother. Our mother also appreciated the visits of Betsy Hale and daughter Molly, and enjoyed the in-home harp concerts by Joyce Weaver. We also thank the Samaritan Care Hospice employees who took excellent care of our mother while she lived in Orlando.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2013 in the Cornelison Funeral Chapel, 431 North 15th Ave., Pocatello, 232-0542, where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Girl Scouts or to the . Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cornelisonfh.com.


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Cornelison-Henderson Funeral Home
431 N 15Th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 232-0542
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Published in Idaho State Journal on Sept. 24, 2013
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