John Hafner

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John Frank Hafner

Fishkill - John Frank Hafner, 85, of Fishkill, NY passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013 at home with his family by his side and without pain, after a brief illness.

John was born in Allentown, PA, the son of Frank and Katherine (Breitfeller) Hafner, originally from Austria. His first language was German and he learned to speak English outside of his home and in school. His youngest sister, Margaret Mezzone, survives and he was predeceased by 4 siblings, Pauline, Hilda, Angela and Walter.

John married the love of his life, Rita (Sapere) on September 8, 1951. They were happily married for 56 years when Rita passed on April 9th, 2007. Together they raised 4 children: Frank J. Hafner of Wappingers, NY, John P. (Jennifer) Hafner of Stanford, NY, Ralph J. (Laurie) Hafner of Wappingers Falls, NY and Veronica A. (Michael) Cirilli of Ramsey, NJ. John was a very proud father and often boasted about the accomplishments of his children.

John is also survived by a small army of grandchildren, Margaret, John, EmilyAnn, Timothy, John Peter ("JP"), Gretchen, Paul, Danielle, Nicole and Michael, all of whom miss him very much. In addition, he leaves behind a great-grandson, Braedyn.

John was a hardworking, self-made man. He served his country as a sergeant in the Army of Occupation in Japan from 1945 - 1949. After, he went on to become the proprietor of a butcher shop and he told everyone that he was an M.D. (meat dealer). He then became a school bus driver for the Wappingers Central School District and was affectionately known to his elementary school passengers as Mr. John. He finished his 35+ year career in the WCSD as the glazier for the entire district, a job he loved.

John was a very active participant in St. Mary's of Fishkill for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and belonged to various bowling leagues. He was also a Town of Fishkill Little League Coach during the league's formative years. After his retirement, he and Rita had the luxury of taking many cruises and enjoyed seeing different parts of the world.

John's favorite pastime in life was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Nothing in his heart was more important than his family. He kept everyone entertained with his great repertoire of one-liners. We will all miss him.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 4 - 8 pm at the Robert H. Auchmoody Funeral Home, 1028 Main St., Fishkill, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 10 am at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, Fishkill, followed by burial at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in his memory to , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Hospice, Inc., 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or the Diabetes Foundation, 110 Corporate Park Dr., #104, White Plains, NY 10604.

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Robert H. Auchmoody Funeral Home
1028 Main St.  Fishkill, NY 12524
Funeral Home Details
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from July 24 to July 26, 2013
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