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Joseph SAFNER

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SAFNER, Joseph Joseph "Joe" Safner, 74, of Somers, entered Eternal Rest, after a long illness, on Sunday (March 28, 2010) at Redstone Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, East Longmeadow, MA with his family by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Gloria Joy (Browne) Safner. Born in Pula, Hungary on January 11, 1936, the youngest son of the late George and Elizabeth (Kocsis) Safner, Joe and Joy had lived in Somers since 1967. He was a communicant of All Saints Church in Somersville, and a member of Knights of Columbus. Joe retired as Group Leader at CUNO after 35 years of service. He enjoyed gardening, and loved spending time with his family. Besides his wife Joy, Joseph is survived by his two sons, Scott and Robert Safner, both of Somers; his daughter Lynn Bastarache and her husband Jerry of Enfield; a beloved grandson Dustin Bastarache; and several nieces and nephews. Joe was predeceased by three sisters and a brother in Hungary; and a brother Florian Safner, formerly of Stafford Springs. Joe's family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 from 9:30 to 10:30 am at Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main St., Somers. Family and friends may gather by 10:15 am for a procession to All Saints Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am, followed by burial in Somers Center Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Redstone for the kindness and wonderful care Joe received, and Joe's godson Wayne Pitney Jr. for making a special effort to travel from South Carolina to visit Joe a number of times during his illness. Contributions in Joseph Safner's memory may be made to All Saints Church, 25 School St., POB M, Somersville, CT 06072-0913 or Somers Volunteer Ambulance Fund, 400 Main St., Somers, CT 06071. For information and on-line condolences, please visit www.somersfuneralhome.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 30, 2010
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