Robert Pelfresne

Robert Pelfresne

Robert “Bob” Pelfresne of Otsego, Michigan passed away on March 12, 2012. Bob was born on November 7, 1927 in Muskegon, Michigan to Charles and Anna (Rakittke) Pelfresne. In 1950, he married his beloved wife, Catherine Sienna Fischer, who survives him. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and maintained an extreme love of his country; always willing and ready to discuss politics with anyone. Bob and Catherine were owners of Hanson Distributing Co. His favorite pastimes in the early years were camping and fishing on the Manistee River. In his later years he developed a love (some would call it obsession!) for golf, which gradually gave way to his newfound passion of bike riding. He and Catherine cherished many winters together in Arizona.

He was always a loving father and grandfather who will be greatly missed by his nine children: Lois (Gary) Herline, Robert (Karen) Pelfresne, Gary (Sue) Pelfresne, Nancy Pelfresne, Jim (Sarah) Pelfresne, Linda (John) Stegeman, Bill (Terri) Pelfresne, Lori (Dan) Baas, Janet (Brian) Vestergaard; 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. One of 12 children, he is also survived by 3 sisters: Ann (Jim) Sell, Dona Mae Pelfresne, and Margaret (Tom) Cordo in addition to 2 sisters-in-law, Eleanore Pelfresne and Maxine Bowman. Forever in our hearts, we’ll miss you Dad, Grandpa, Bob.

Bob and Catherine were members of St. Margaret Catholic Church for many years where the memorial mass will be held at 11 AM Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation or

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  1. Karen DeBoth says:

    To the Pelfresne family—our condolences to all of you. Although we can’t be there, plese know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Gene & Sherri Steffes
    Karen DeBoth

  2. Donna Grossman says:

    We are truly sorry for your loss. You have always been my model of a large family. I admire all of you. The way you helped Bob at home during his illness was so fantastic. We are praying for all of you here. I still miss my dad. Take care, Jim, Donna, and family

  3. LaShawn Clark says:

    Lois and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. During this difficult time may the love of friends, family and God comfort you.


  4. Pam Hebestreit says:

    Lois and Family,
    I am very sorry to hear about your loss. You will all be with my prayers during this very difficult time. Remember all the wonderful times, it truely helps you throug the hard times.

  5. Heidi Flack says:

    Lois & Family

    Very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and your family during this time and keep your father close in spirit.


  6. Melanie Pentecost says:

    Lois & family,

    My condolences to you all. This is a time when you lean on family and friends for strength and support. My hope is that the promises held out in the Bible at Revelation 21:3, 4 will provide an additional source of comfort as you mourn the loss of someone you truly love.

  7. Frank and Dorothy Youngblood says:

    Our prayers and condolences are with you. Wish we could be there with you at this time.We will remember you always.We will
    always remember the good times we had in Iowa.

  8. Jeff and Ingrid Volker says:

    Dear Pelfresne Family,

    Our Heartfelt Sympathy Goes Out To All Of You!

    God Bless!

  9. Patrice Figurski says:

    Lois & Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Remember all the good times and great memories you have of your father and that is what will get you through the days ahead.

  10. Joclyn Birtwistle says:

    To all the Pelfresnes, My thoughts & prayers are with you. God Bless

  11. Donna Powell says:

    My heartfelt sympathies on your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


  12. Debbie Hansen says:

    Lois and Family,

    Please accept my condolences. It’s great to have a big family to support each other now and in the days ahead. God bless you and your family.

  13. Claudia Guseth says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God bless you all!

  14. Kimberly Wines says:

    Lois and Family,

    My condolences to you and your family. Know that God will ease your sorrows and replace them with sweet memories…

  15. randy andree says:

    Our prayers and thoughts to the whole family in this loss of a wonderful man. I was one of the golf pros at Grande Valley Ranch Golf Course. He was so much fun to be around. He will be missed dearly. God Bless all of you.

  16. Deana and Brody Weidner says:

    The Pelfresne Family,

    Our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of Robert Sr.; know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May the memories of special times spent together comfort you in the days ahead.

    God Bless you all.

  17. Ken Ferden says:

    Our condolences on your loss. I have many great memories from when we would get together. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time.

    Ken and the kids.

  18. Mike and Sheri Kobolt Family says:

    You are in our prayers and sorry can’t make it to the Funeral. Our condolences on your loss.

  19. Jean & Mike Cunningham says:


    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Love and Prayers,

    Jean & Mike

  20. Fran & Walt Edgerley says:

    To the Pelfresne Family,
    Although we have never met Mr. Pelfresne, we have heard a lot about him and what a wonderful father, grand-father and husband he was through Linda. Our hearts go out to you at this time.
    WIth our sincere sympathies,
    Fran & Walt

  21. Gary and Donna Ocken says:

    Catherine and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.
    We will always remember the wonderful visits we had in Arizona.
    Our loving and caring thoughts are being sent to you and your family.

    Gary and Donna

  22. Sarah Volker-Clemens says:

    Dear Linda and family,
    May you all feel the love and support that surrounds you, may God bring you all comfort and peace. Loving memories are the best gift of comfort! Know that you all are in my prayers and thoughts!

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