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Curtis G. Pfister

Curtis G. Pfister

January 6, 2012

Curtis Gerald Pfister, 44, of Chippewa Falls, died Friday January 6, 2012, at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison due to complications following an organ transplant.

He was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin on August 23, 1967.  He lived in the greater Chippewa Valley area in his youth, moved to New York City (where he witnessed the destruction of the towers in 2001). Curtis later moved to Phoenix, Arizona, briefly until health issues prevented him from living alone.  More recently he moved back again to Chippewa Falls to be closer to family.

After high school graduation, Curtis married to Patty Pax, but later divorced.

Curtis' talents led him to work in many disparate occupations.  Amongst his accomplishments he operated cable digging equipment for the local telephone company, worked the printed circuit board manufacturing floor for Cray in Chippewa Falls Wisconsin, drove cross-country semis for Schilling in Eau Claire Wisconsin, and ultimately retired from his working career as concierge for Goldman Sachs in New York. 

When medical disability prevented him from holding steady employment, he volunteered frequently during the week at Mayo Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (even after dialysis sessions).  When disability eventually prevented him from volunteering, he focused his remaining energy nurturing relationships with family and friends.

Curtis is best known for his winning smile and for his ability to instantly convert perfect strangers into lifelong friends.  It was amazing to watch him at the Madison transplant hospital, even as he endured significant post-op difficulties.  He'd shuffle into the waiting rooms with his ugly green gown and his I.V. tree-on-wheels, introduce himself to the family members of a newly-arrived transplant recipient, cheer them on and calm their anxiety, and be able to maintain relationships for the duration of the family's stay.

Curtis recently began showing proficiency in golf with Roger's dad Bryan on the Lake Wissota Golf Links.  But his most recent creative outlet was his sewing and embroidery, an interest rekindled by Roger's mom, Carolyn.  Many family and friends have been blessed by Curtis' creative output, and he spent many late nights digitizing, creating, and perfecting each gift for its intended recipient.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Bernice "Toots" Hague-Funk; a sister, Vicki Marsh; and his brother, Galen "Butch" Marsh.

Curtis is survived by his father, Ralph (Violet Dawes) Pfister; step-dad, Roger (Darleen) Funk;

Two brothers, Todd (Michelle Sant) Marsh, and Craig (Cindy) Helmer; a daughter, Christine Hall;

three grandchildren Brian Curtis Hall, Dante Micheal Stoeklen,  and Elaura Marciana Stoeklen;a sister-in-law, Joyce Marsh; extended family, Roger Bethard and his parents Carolyn and Bryan McCarty; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A celebration of Curtis's life with his family and friends will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2012, at Lake Wissota Golf Club, 16108 97th Ave., Chippewa Falls, WI.  Private Family visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m.  Public Visitation will be begin at 11 a.m. and proceed until 12 p.m.   A luncheon will immediately follow the service.

If you have pictures of Curtis, or if you have samples of his sewing and embroidery, please consider bringing these mementoes for display during the visitation. There are display tables and easels provided for these items.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services is serving Curtis’s family.


Private Family visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. at Lake Wissota Golf Club in Chippewa Falls. Public Visitation will be begin at 11 a.m. and proceed until 12 p.m. A luncheon will immediately follow the service.


A celebration of Curtis's life with his family and friends will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2012, at Lake Wissota Golf Club, 16108 97th Ave., Chippewa Falls, WI.

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  • Melissa Conrad I met Curtis at UW Hospital in December of 2011 when my husband had his transplant. I had a wonderful conversation with him and Roger and I felt truly lucky to have met him. He told me so many inspirational stories, I know that his life was truly a blessing. I knew in the short about of time that I spent with him that he was an amazing person.

    March 29 at 7:35pm

  • Suzanne McTaggart I met Curtis once. It is truly a loss. May the family and friends of Curtis find peace within. {()}

    January 14 at 12:35pm

  • Devin Richards Curtis was so important in my life and always will be important to me and loved by me. I hope all his pain is gone now and he is happy and content.
    My condolences to the family. I'm sorry I couldn't be there.
    With Love, Devin Richards

    January 14 at 10:09am

  • Marcel Curtis...I am so glad to have had you in my life during the time you were there. I have continued to keep you in my thought and prayers. Your journey here has ended but the best part of your life has already started and I look forward to seeing you again in Heaven. My deepest sympathy is with your family, extended family and friends.

    January 13 at 7:35PM

  • Jackie I felt it a great privilege to be a small part of Curtis' journey on this earth, and I will miss him. Blessings to all.

    January 12 at 8:27PM

  • william jacobson i worked with curt at the brown wood resturant in baldwin. he was a great person and i'll miss him.

    January 12 at 5:38PM

  • Patty How beautiful that we became close friends. Your heart will never leave any of us. You will always be loved.

    January 11 at 1:51PM

  • Vanessa Linder You were my life coach, my best friend, and an amazing cousin! I will take what you have taught me and continue it on. For all of you who are feeling as I am or were even closer to Curt and his beautiful soul. Hang in there because Curt did everything he set out to do. His love and teachings are now up to us to continue, and teach. I love you all dearly. Thank you for being in his life.

    January 11 at 1:11PM

  • Holly My heart weighs heavy knowing your no longer here...but I know that spirtually you will always be here to guide us as you were always so generous about doing. I miss the talks, the encouragement, and your selflessness. May his family find peace in knowing what a wonderful person he was,giving without expecting anything in return. I am a different person for having known him. Deepest Sympathies...

    January 11 at 10:12AM

  • Amber Marsh If I could see your beautiful face, and hear your beautiful voice... It would make my day. I love you and miss your sweet words, and know that we all miss you. My Uncle, my friend, I wish I could hug you and I know you are in heaven. Hugs & kisses. I love you from here to heaven and back.

    January 11 at 8:58AM

  • Clifford Glen Marsh You were a great uncle and shall be dearly missed. I live in comfort knowing you will still be looking upon us. May your soul find rest till we meet again.

    January 11 at 8:27AM

  • Amy Jensen My condolences to his family and extended family. He will be missed. Curt is loved by many and his memory will forever live on in our thoughts and heart. This was your temporary home, until we meet again.

    January 11 at 8:23AM

  • Ron and Nancy we are content in knowing you are now at peace Curtis. no more pain and suffering you so gracefully and courageously endured. You will be missed but welcomed in heaven with so many loved ones.

    January 11 at 8:21AM

  • Mary Mintz I will so very much miss his wonderful, postive energy, upbeat outlook on life and his contagious, beautiful smile. RIP my dear friend

    January 11 at 5:40AM

  • Kimberly guerrero So sorry for your loss! Curt was a wonderful person! He was a wonderful person! There will never be another like him! The world has lost a very generous and thoughtful soul. We're all lucky to have an angel to watch over us now!

    January 11 at 1:54AM

  • Ilan Krigsfeld My condolences to the family of Curtis, I am going to miss you.

    January 11 at 1:18AM

  • Mary Langer The world has a very deep loss with out your in it dear Curtis. We will miss your soft spoken voice, your tender heart and gentleness will be missed forever. You have touched our lives, hearts and souls with your unique ability to reach out to each of us individually and make us feel welcomed and connected. I will miss our deep talks; the way you would always listen, give advice, and accept advice that was shared with you. Curtis you were always a loyal friend who tried to help where you could. You loved your family & friends dearly. We love you and Miss you always. Amber and I wish to convey our deepest sympathies to all who loved him.

    January 10 at 11:40PM

  • Cindy and Craig Helmer I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Leo Buscaglia

    January 10 at 6:25PM

  • Mayo Clinic Health System CCU Our condolences to the family and friends of Curtis. From the nurses at Mayo Clinic Health Sytem CCU

    January 10 at 10:15AM

  • Clay & Pete Our thoughts and prayers go out to Roger and Curtis' family.

    January 10 at 9:20AM

  • John Webber Curtis was an exceptional person,his compassion,kindness and generosity was limitless.We are all so fortunate to have known him. You will be missed my friend.

    January 9 at 4:35PM

  • joe spoden You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    January 9 at 3:56PM

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