James Alfred Pfannenstein was born Sept. 11, 1928 in St. Joseph, Minn. to Hildegard (Kose) and Michael Pfannenstein, Sr. He was raised in St. Joseph and graduated from High School there. He then served in the Navy for several years. On May 21, 1949 he married Shirley Randall in St. Cloud and they made their first home in St. Cloud. They moved to Blaine and then in 1976 they moved to Braham. In 1990 he moved to Grandy and then back to St. Cloud until 2005 when he moved to Cambridge. His wife, Shirley died in 1988. In September of 1991 he married Fern Sundstrom. His wife Fern died in 1995. James was employed by Honeywell in New Brighton for 32 years. He was a member St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Isanti. James was an avid fisherman, he loved to travel and going to casinos. He was an active community volunteer and enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Grandy Lions Club and Braham Moose Lodge.
Besides his parents he was preceded death by 2 sons, Michael and James; his wives, Shirley and Fern; sister, Lois; brother, Michael; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Stan Knaus; brother-in-law, Richard Randall. James is survived by 8 children, Sandee (Dave) Mellum of Lakeway, Texas, Richard Pfannenstein of St. Cloud, Susan Frey of Pine City, Scott (Colleen) Pfannenstein of St. Cloud, Todd (Cindy) Pfannenstein of Oak Grove, Mark Pfannenstein of New Prague, Lisa Swift of Rush City and Michele (Dennis) Yaggy of Isanti; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Jerry (MaryAlice) Pfannenstein of Melrose, Chuck (Joan) Pfannenstein of St. Louis Park, Ron (Marie) Pfannenstein of Edina; 3 sisters, Andrean Pfannenstein of Stacy, Gladys (Donny) Schneiders of St. Joseph, Ruth (Lloyd) Pallansch of Clitherall; brother-in-law, Al Pflipsen of St. Joseph; sister-in-law, Darlene Randall of St. Cloud; and by many other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on June 16, 2012 with Father Jose Edayadiyil officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at church and also from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 15 at the Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.The organist is Leona Jacques and Fran Jacobson will serve as cantor. Honorary pallbearers are Jason Frey, Sydnee Pfannenstein, Blake Pfannenstein, Mikala Miller, Dylan Yaggy. Tashni Pfannenstein. Pallbearers are Adam Mellum, Ona Hoff-Chock, Chad Frey, Samantha Yaggy, Justin Yaggy, T.J. Swift. Interment is in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.