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John Sebastian Haeussler

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John Sebastian Haeussler LUBBOCK-John Sebastian Haeussler passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, after bravely fighting cancer for just over three years. Born on Sept. 23, 1935, in Boston, Mass., John was raised in Boston, graduating from Boston College High School in 1959. John began his ministry services in the monastery in New York, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 1959. After leaving the monastery, John returned to Boston, graduating from Boston University with both bachelor's and master's of music degrees. In addition, John completed all coursework and was all but dissertation (ABD) towards a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), from Boston University. A talented pianist, John and his wife, Anne-Marie, led an active musical life, and together specialized in four-hand piano (one piano, four hands) from 1963-2012. As duo-pianists, John and Anne-Marie performed on both coasts, and as Aaron Richmond Fellows, performed and gave workshops at the prestigious Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated teacher, John worked for 34 years in the Malden (MA) public school system, where he taught music appreciation, band, and chorus for students in junior and senior high schools. John also served as a choir director for four years at Emmanuel College in Boston, Mass. In addition, John and Anne-Marie managed an active music studio, both in Malden and Lubbock, Texas, teaching private piano lessons, and John served as a minister of music, organist, and choir director for various churches in Massachusetts for over 50 years. In 2008, John received both the Texas Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs Award of Merit for his years of service dedicated to sacred music. John and his family moved to Lubbock in 2005, after John and his wife retired from teaching. During his time in Lubbock, John was very involved in both social and church organizations. These organizations include The Rotary Club of Lubbock, where he was made a Paul Harris Fellow; The Allegro Music Club; The Lubbock Music Club, where he served as president; and St. Paul's-on-the-Plains Episcopal Church, where John served in several ministries, including the Mission and Outreach Committee, Neighbor to Neighbor program, Vestry member, and Senior Warden. John is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Anne-Marie Haeussler; their two daughters, Erika Marie Warnick and her husband Jay Warnick, and Kristina Marie Keyton and her husband James Keyton; one grandson, James Keyton Jr. J.J.; and very close family friend, Harold Jones. The Haeussler family wishes to thank the medical community in Lubbock, including Covenant Hospital, Covenant Lakeside, The Palliative Care Unit at Covenant, The Joe Arrington Cancer Center, Hospice of Lubbock, Mary Lynch with Encompass Home Health Care, and Drs. David Close, Houssam Al Kharrat, Richard Rosen, and Fawwaz Shoukfeh. A visitation service will be held for John on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Rix Funeral Directors, 1901 Broadway, Lubbock, Texas. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's-on-the-Plains Episcopal Church, 1517 Avenue X, Lubbock, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) program, an outreach program based at St. Paul's, which offers hot breakfast and bagged lunches to homeless individuals. Checks should be made out to St. Paul's-on-the-Plains Episcopal Church (with N2N, or Neighbor to Neighbor, on the memo line) and mailed to St. Paul's-on-the-Plains Episcopal Church, 1517 Avenue X, Lubbock, TX 79401.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Dec. 6, 2012
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