J.d. Pflaumer; Known For Christmas Displays

Posted: August 27, 1988

Jeannette D. Andrian Pflaumer, who took pride in her family and in helping them lavish her house with sparkling Christmas bulbs and ornaments, died at Graduate Hospital yesterday, the day before her 55th birthday.

Mrs. Pflaumer in earlier years was involved in the beer business, helping to run J.D. Pflaumer Inc., a beer distributorship in the North Philadelphia- Kensington area of which she was president.

At the same time, her husband, William H., was chairman of the board and owner of the Christian Schmidt Brewing Co., which produced Schmidt's beer.

Mrs. Pflaumer was perhaps best known for her mesmerizing Christmas displays - wonderlands with 25,000 shimmering bulbs and thousands of electronically animated decorations.

She and her family had created the displays for each of the last 22 years at their Drexel Hill home, in the 500 block of Fairfax Road. Thousands of people came each year seeking to catch a glimpse.

"It was a family thing we did through the years, and it meant a lot to her and to a lot of people," her husband said.

Mrs. Pflaumer found her greatest joy in her children and grandchildren, her husband said. She was a resilient person, someone who could press on even in the face of great stress, he said.

"She was a good, strong person. She could handle trials and tribulations and deal with it and go on," said Pflaumer, who sold the Schmidt brands after being sent to prison for tax evasion.

A woman who enjoyed ceramic art during her free hours, Mrs. Pflaumer also was a lifetime member of Saint Andrew's Church in Drexel Hill. She graduated

from Notre Dame Girls School.

Besides her husband, surviving are her sons, William Jr., Robert, Ronald and Fred; daughters, Barbara Samuelian and Jeannette, and eight grandchildren. One grandchild died.

Calling hours are from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew's Church, 3500 School Lane, Drexel Hill, with services at 10 a.m. Interment is at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield.

Instead of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society.

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