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Frank Xavier Haefeli


1925 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Frank Xavier Haefeli Obituary
April 21, 1925 - January 28, 2017 Born in Klingnau, Switzerland, Frank passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by his loving family. He was a successful restaurateur, first with the opening of Pina's in the 1950's and later relocating to a larger space in 1965 under the new name Picolo's. Frank met his soulmate Ruth and married her in 1961, raising two children, creating a very happy life together until her untimely passing in 2000. Frank's talent at being a butcher, chef and self-made businessman, besides being a loving husband and father kept him busy until 1985 when he decided to retire due to health reasons. He spent the following years traveling with Ruth to Europe and beyond, taking up golf, playing twice a week with his group of dedicated friends, participating in playing Jass, a Swiss card game with fellow expatriates, along with the occasional poker game. Frank enjoyed the company of his many friends and family both in the US and Switzerland. He was a man of great integrity and a strong work ethic. Frank's goals in life were to provide a top notch dining experience with value and high quality as its core, provide a loving home for his family and enjoy life to its fullest. Frank leaves his daughter Maria (Abdenour), son Felix (Wendy), grandchildren Frank (Shina), Michael and Joseph, great-grandson Rouke, sisters Anna and Hildegard and other extended family. Visitation at Holy Cross Mortuary, 5835 W. Slauson, Culver City, Thursday, February 2, 12-3 pm, funeral mass to be held Friday, February 3 at 12 noon, at Holy Cross Cemetery. Reception following service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Best Friends Animal Society, @ bestfriends.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2017
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