Obituary: Franz J. Fassbender
Born on August 7, 1940 in Germany Franz enjoyed his last day of work in his restaurant, The Pfeifer House in Tahoe City, Calif. on Sunday, January 1, 2012. Shortly after he had a fatal accident and passed away on January 6, 2012 at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nev.
Franz started as a young chef in Germany and continued his education at a 2 year business school in Düsseldorf, Germany. After leaving Germany he worked at the Bellevue Palace in Bern, Switzerland, the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, and Land#8217;Etoile Restaurant in San Francisco.
In 1963 a history teacher whom Franz met in Germany invited him to come to Lake Tahoe and here he lived and worked from that time on. Franz purchased the Pfeifer House from his partner Henry Obermüller in 1972. Franz loved his customers and was always proud of his long term relationship with them. and#8220;I am in the business of cooking to satisfy my patronsand#8221;, he said.
Prior to the Winter Olympics of 1960 the building that became the Pfeifer House was a tavern and gambling hall where horses were tied up in front. Franz enjoyed telling stories about his building that was such a part of early Tahoe City history.
Franz leaves behind his loving wife Ute; his son Kirk and daughter-in-law Angela and grandchild from Sparks, NV; his brother Michael and sister-in-law of Grevenbroich, Germany; his brother-in-law Heino Müller of Düsseldorf, Germany and many nieces and nephews in Germany.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 16 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 3125 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, Calif. followed by a reception at Bacchiand#8217;s Inn, 2905 Lake Forest Rd, Tahoe City, Calif.