Edward (Ed) Clark Peffer (70) of Saltsburg passed away on Thursday May 20, 2021, at St. Andrews Village Indiana, PA. He was born on Saturday May 27, 1950, in Saltsburg, PA and was the son of the late W. Donald (Sr.) and Valera Wynona Brown Peffer Lindenberg. Ed was a 1968 graduate of Saltsburg High School. He was a good student and talented athlete, excelling in basketball and football for the Trojans, quarterbacking the 1966 undefeated team.He graduated from the California University of PA with a B.A. in English Literature/Philosophy and then received a scholarship to New York University where he earned his Masters Degree in Irish Literature/Creative Writing. In New York, Ed worked for P.J. Realty Company, and also the Stuart Ostrow Theater Foundation where he auditioned numerous musicians, actors and actresses. In 1979, Ed moved back to Saltsburg and purchased his family’s restaurant, P.J. Browns. He along with his wife Joyce became the 3rd generation proprietors of the business. Ed and Joyce operated the restaurant for 37 years retiring in 2015. Ed was an excellent chef and was known for his delicious menu items and soups. Pittsburgh Magazine named Chef Peffer the Van Gogh of soup and sauces. On June 28, 1995, Ed married his partner, best friend, and love of his life, Joyce Barbieri. Ed and Joyce shared their love of music, movies, literature, sports, animals and especially their trips to the ocean. He is survived by his wife Joyce Barbieri Peffer, his sister Joan Peffer Resnick of Saltsburg and her fiancé Carl Adams of Delmont, his special niece Krissy (Resnick) Brosko and her husband Todd and family, his nephew Chuck Resnick, Jr. and his wife Leigh and family, all of Saltsburg, sister-in-law June Peffer of Creekside along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins all of which Ed Loved. He had many friends that will miss him greatly especially Rolly Young and his wife, Cindy, of Indiana, Pa and Chris Brueningsen of Saltsburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Gary Brown Peffer and James Russell Peffer in infancy, and W. Donald Peffer, Jr and his brother-in-law, Charles Resnick, Sr. Family will receive friends on Monday, May 24, 2021, from 3:00 PM until time of services at 7:00 PM in the Kelly L. Corridoni Funeral Home, LTD, 400 Indiana Avenue, Avonmore, PA 15618. Services will be held at 7:00 PM in the funeral home with Reverend Dan Satler officiating. Interment will be private.
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