First Presbyterian Church of Lafayette

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Al turns 100!

We give thanks to God to have Al Pfeuffer (pictured on the right) as a member of our congregation! He and his twin brother, Elmer, celebrate their 100th birthday today. We were honored to share it with him last Sunday.  Click on this post for an article written by Carol Stubbs and Nancy Rust about Al's life.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

 

This is one of Al Pfeuffer’s favorite verses. His life is a testimony to celebrating each day we are given. At age 100, he remains steadfast, purposeful, joyful, and faithful. Seeing Al in church every Sunday gives us assurance all is well with the world. 
 
Al was born March 15, 1916 in Saginaw, Michigan, fifteen minutes ahead of his twin brother, Elmer, who celebrates 100 years with him. Al and Elmer were two of five children of Robert and Freida Pfeuffer. Two brothers and a sister are now deceased. Their father, Robert, was an immigrant from Germany. He was brought to
the U.S. to escape being drafted into the Kaiser army like his older brothers. The 
brothers convinced their father to take Robert to the U.S. before he was 18 to avoid 
the draft. Al says his grandfather brought his father to Saginaw, stayed with him 
about a week and then left. No one had told his grandmother about this, and she was
angry when she found out. Nevertheless, Robert remained in Saginaw and had to find a job and a home. He began working at a factory and moved into a boarding 
house run by the Walters family. He became friends with three young men living
there. Each day, three girls, the Spitz girls, came from their farm to the boarding house to clean. Before long, each of the young men was dating one of the girls. Robert married Freida, the other two men married her sisters, and they all remained friends through life. Robert continued working in a factory and then became a florist. Looking back, Al says he knows his family went through hard times, but as a child he didn’t realize the financial difficulties. As he pieces together family history, he urges everyone to “talk to your parents and get all the information you can from them.” 
 
Al has fond memories of childhood in Saginaw. “My brother and I were very active when we were young,” he says. “We used to do everything together.” They played golf and enjoyed roller skating and ice skating. They walked four miles to and from the golf course where they caddied to earn extra money. Al and Elmer pooled their money, bought their first car together and bought an acre of land in Saginaw. For several summers they drove with friends across Michigan to Duluth, Minnesota to
swim in Lake Superior. “It was cold, but we had a lot of fun,” he recalls. 
 
Al grew up in the Lutheran Church. He and Elmer were confirmed at age 13. Elmer married in 1940 and moved to Chicago and then to Cary, North Carolina. That was the first time Al and Elmer were separated. “We visited often, and we have always been close,” says Al. Elmer now lives in Tucson near his two sons. He and his wife were married for 72 years before her death.
 
Al married his first wife, Marge, in 1941 in her home church, a Methodist church in Saginaw. After the wedding, he began working at Pure Oil Company. He became a District Clerk and worked in places like Breckinridge, Mount Pleasant, Waveland, and Reed City. After a time, he decided to leave Pure Oil and go to work for SOHIO in Owensboro, Kentucky. By this time, he and Marge had three little girls, Carol, Patricia, and Jean. They began looking for a church in Owensboro and decided on the Presbyterian Church. “From that point on, we were Presbyterians,” says Al. 
 
Marge and Al and the girls liked Owensboro. They rented an apartment and then built a house. But, in l952, before they moved into their new house, Al was transferred to Houston. They lived there for eight years. In 1960, the Houston SOHIO office closed, and Al was transferred to Lafayette. At that time, the population was 40,000. 
 
Al and Marge joined First Presbyterian. Al had been ordained as a deacon in the church in Houston. In Lafayette, he became an elder and served as treasurer for many years. Marge worked as an accountant. Al worked as a District Clerk, Division Clerk, and then Administrative Assistant for SOHIO. He and Marge enjoyed activities with friends like bridge and golf. All three of their girls graduated from LSU. In 1981, Marge died of cancer. Al and Marge have seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
 
In 1983, Al was introduced to Dot by a mutual friend. They dated for two and a half years before marrying in 1985 at Fatima Catholic Church, where Dot was a member. Dot and Al still attend different churches, but they both agree on the importance of going to church every week. It’s a stabilizing factor in their lives. They also enjoy travelling, playing bridge, being with friends and sharing life together. They will celebrate their 30th anniversary April 12. Dot celebrated her 90th birthday in February. Al celebrates his 100th today, March 15. 
 
Happy 100th Birthday  Al. You are such a special part of FPC!