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Pearl Pfister

December 25, 1934 — June 22, 2024

Pearl Pfister, formerly of Milltown, New Jersey passed away on June 22, 2024 at Concord Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Lakewood, NJ where she lost her battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s. She was 89. Born a Christmas baby on December 25, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York, she grew up in Boro Park, before residing in Milltown, for 60 years. She moved to Monroe, NJ with her husband Alfred in 2015, to whom she was married for 69 years. To Al, she was affectionately known as his Pearly; they were high school sweethearts.

After being a dedicated mother and homemaker for 19 years, Pearl had a highly successful 25+ year career in Office Management, working for Dunlop Tires, Universal Furniture and General Office Environments. She paved the way as a professional role model for women who followed in her footsteps. Pearl was known for her unwavering work ethic; determination and she had a deep passion for her career. 

Upon retiring, she enjoyed working part-time as a loyal staff member for the Milltown Public Library, where she was beloved by staff, patrons and friends. She treasured working with children at the library and assisting staff during story time and craft programs. Pearl graduated from New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn. Education was extremely important to Pearl and she worked hard to provide her children with greater opportunities than she had. Pearl was committed to ensuring each of her 4 children received a college degree. 

Pearl was devoted to her large family and circle of friends; she loved fiercely and possessed a glittering spirit adored by many. She loved and rescued dogs, enjoyed tennis, ice skating, traveling, the beach, movies and music. Her life was simple; her life was her family. She cherished time spent with loved ones and created lasting bonds and memories. Pearl’s generosity beyond measure set a strong example for her children. To her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love and strength. She delighted in her grandchildren and was very active in their lives, attending many ball games and dance recitals and was always found cheering on the sidelines. Loving was her joy. 

Pearl is predeceased by her husband and the love of her life, Alfred (d. 2024), her son Karl D. Pfister (d. 2003), her only sibling Zelda (d. 2024), and her parents Morris and Sara Rosen (both d. 1974). Surviving are her sons Michael J. Pfister (Eileen) of Lavallette and Robert G. Pfister (Ann) of Milltown; her daughter Cheryl L. Park of Westfield; her daughter-in-law Julie Pfister of Howell; and her beloved 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, and soon to be born great-granddaughter.

Friends and relatives may call on Thursday, June 27th, 2024 from 4-7 pm. With a celebration of life service at 6 pm. Located at The Crabiel Home for Funerals, 170 N Main St. at Riva Avenue, Milltown. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home, on Friday, June 28th, 2024 at 10 am. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Burial Park, East Brunswick. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pearl’s memory can be made to: Best Friends Central Jersey Animal Rescue: https://bestfriends.org/partners/central-jersey-animal-rescue and/or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America: https://alzfdn.org/donate/. The Crabiel Home for Funeral’s is handling funeral arrangements, you may sign the online guestbook at www.crabiel.com


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