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|Johnstown Daily Tribune, 14 Dec 1903, Contributed by Lisa Baker|
|The Late Erhart Pfeister|
The funeral of Erhart Pfeister, who, as announced that evening, passed away Saturday about noon at his residence on Venango street, Westmont, will take place from St. Joseph's German Catholic Church at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning, instead of 9 o'clock this morning, as had been previously arranged. The remains will be laid to rest in the church cemetery at Geistown.
Erhart Pfeister was for many years a well-known painter about the city. He was employed by T. J. Wolfe and had been working at John Franke's new building on Washington street, where he became ill at 9 o'clock Saturday morning. He was attended by Drs. Leighton W. Jones and Francis Schill, jr., and later was taken to his home where he passed away. The cause of Mr. Pfeister's death was heart trouble.
The deceased was born in Germany seventy-two years ago and came to America in 1849. He learned the trade of painting in Germany and located in Carrolltown soon after he reached this country, being married a year or so later to Miss Martha Leab (sic-Lieb), who survives him, with the following children: Charles and Miss Lena, at home; Mrs. John Kistner, of Ironton, O.; Mrs. Annie Emmil, of Allegheny City, and Mrs. John Abler and Frank Pfeister of the Tenth Ward this city.
Mr. and Mrs. Pfeister came to Johnstown soon after their marriage and have been here ever since. Among the first employers for whom Mr. Pfeister worked upon his arrival in Johnstown was Gale Heslop, who was then in charge of the Cambria Paint Shop. During the past twenty-four years Mr. Pfeister was an employee of T. J. Wolfe with the exception of a short time he was in business for himself. The deceased was a member of St. Joseph's German Catholic Church