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Christopher R. Pfaendtner MD

10/04/1958 - 05/28/2019

Christopher R. Pfaendtner MD, age 60, of Oshkosh, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. He was born October 4, 1958, in Detroit, Michigan to William and Georgina (Gross) Pfaendtner. In 1988 Chris earned his medical degree from Medical a College of WI. He continued his career specializing in Emergency Room Medicine. He became a member of Community Emergency Services serving St. Elizabeth’s in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh from 1992-2005. In 2005, until his retirement in 2015, he continued his career with Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston, WI. On January 23, 1988, he married Kathryn “Kate” Englund in Oshkosh. He loved music, reading, and travel. Chris had a wonderful sense of humor. His love of words was reflected in his quick, dry wit. He was humble, generous, caring, and compassionate. Chris was a member of Lord of the Lakes Lutheran Church, Winneconne, and its choir. He was a proud member of the Larsen/Winchester Lions Club, where his membership gave him purpose and focus, allowing him to continue to help people in his retirement years.  

Chris had a love and devotion to family, which includes: his wife, Kate Pfaendtner, of Oshkosh; two children, Claire Pfaendtner, of Oshkosh; Maxwell Pfaendtner (fiancée, Ashley Linder), of Slinger; his mother, Georgina Pfaendtner, Clinton Township, MI; a brother, Michael (Patti) Pfaendtner, Macomb, MI; and their sons, Joel and family, Richmond, MI; Trevor and family, Chicago, IL; loving in-laws, nieces and nephews of the Englund family; and special friends, Joseph Lefeber, Elainna (Michael) Schroeder, Marian (Kara) Rothkegel.

Preceding Chris in death was his father, William Pfaendtner.

The celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Lord of Lakes Lutheran Church, 6090 Harbour South (corner of Hwy 116 and Harbour South) Winneconne. The service will begin at 1:00 p.m. Prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m., there will be an opportunity to gather with family and friends that will include a light lunch served until the service begins at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Kevin Heffernan officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Memorial Park, Oshkosh.

Per Chris’ wishes his brain was donated to the Brain Support Network through the Mayo Clinic to advance the study of Frontotemporal Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Larsen/Winchester Lions Club or the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD).

If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.

Eric Spees wrote on June 4, 2019
Kate, My heart goes out to you. I wish I was there to give you a hug. I'm praying for you to be able to summon all your strengths so you can carry on through this very difficult time. You can do it and you will. God bless you! Eric

Catherine Gray wrote on June 4, 2019
I will never forget the day my daughter had a brain aneurysm as long as I live. We were so blessed on that fateful day to end up with Dr. Phaendtner in ER...he acted like his life depended on saving hers. I can see and hear the orders he barked and remember well how fast he moved when he realized what the possible problem was. He gave STAT a new meaning. I am deeply saddened by the news of his departure. He played an important part in Katies life we will never forget.

Peter Christianson wrote on June 1, 2019
Kate, Sorry that I won't be with you this afternoon, I'm committed to the Historical Society for the day. I always enjoyed working with Chris. Yes, the jokes got a little old, but behind the jokes was a guy with a great personality who wanted to help everyone. And he had the skills to do just that. His illness frustrated him, but it seldom got him down. Ii'm so glad that he had several years of "good time" helping with the Lions before the end. It meant everything to him.

Dave and Allison Blacker wrote on May 31, 2019
Dear Kate, We're so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Steve and Michelle Barthel wrote on May 31, 2019
Kate, Steve and I are so very sorry to hear about the loss of Chris. There are so many funny and great memories we have shared with you both and the kids. We remember how Steve cut himself and Chris stitched him up at the kitchen table with Claire sitting on Steve's lap just taking it all in, nothing made that little girl squeamish and Chris would just laugh. Even though the years have drifted us all apart we think of you often and what fun we had. God's blessings on you and the family during this very hard time.

Kim (Floethe) Taylor wrote on May 31, 2019
My sincere sympathy to Georgina, Mike and all of the Pfaendtner family. May God provide you with an abundance of comfort and strength and ease your heartache by always feeling Chris's love for you.

Deb Martin, MSN, RN, CCRN, CMTE wrote on May 31, 2019
Sincere condolences to family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Pfaendtner...I had the privilege of working with him in his role as an Emergency Room Physician At St Clare’s, Weston. He consistently exhibited genuine compassion for his patients, and readily shared his vast expertise when Med control for the Weston-based Spirit MTS transport crew. He humbly and frequently shared many positive “off duty” moments about his family, of which he obviously deeply loved and was always so very proud. Respectfully, Deb

Sherrie Pelt-Phillips wrote on May 31, 2019
Dear Family of Chris. I was fortunate to be a classmate and friend of Chris in highschool. Hearing that Chris had passed made my heart sad. He was so kind and funny. I have many fond memories of our friendship. Please know your in my thoughts and prayers. Gods blessings to you.

Karen Dawson wrote on May 30, 2019
I am praying that your family find peace and strength during your time of bereavement. God bless you all.

Beverly Richardson wrote on May 30, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

John LeSage wrote on May 30, 2019
In my teenage years Chris was like a brother to me, we spent endless hours listening to music and things most 70s teens did, together we were the muscle behind his brother Michaels high school band Harsh Mistress, we were in charge of caring all the equipment and running lights and sound while the band played! Chris And Michael’s mom and dad Georgina and Bill We’re awesome hosts to me and a lot of our friends allowing us to hang out in the basement and play music, I was always fed and consider them my second set of parents. I had two good friends name Christopher and my son was named after them! Thank you for being my brother, I Love you and I will see you soon!

Mary Lou Eisner wrote on May 30, 2019
Out thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Sincere sympathies Mary Lou and Dick Eisner

Ann (Pfaendtner) Green wrote on May 30, 2019
Chris was a great guy. One of my favorite memories was at the going away party that Chris and Kate hosted at Freedom Hill Park before they moved to Wisconsin. They had catered pigs for a pig roast. Chris jumped in to “surgically” carve the pigs for the picnic. It was quite the show, with his quick witted commentary. The kids were totally engrossed. After he removed the head he asked the crowd of kids who wanted the head! Some young boy excitedly grabbed it and ran off! Then Chris asked who it was and we discovered he was from another picnic at the park and not one of the guests. We all had s good laugh! Hoping great memories of a great guy will carry you through this difficult time.

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