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Obituary: Jeannette Hafner

April 6, 2023
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Obituary: Jeannette Hafner
Jeannette Hafner

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Jeannette Hafner of Orange, CT.

Born to Dorothy and Franklin Timpson, she grew up in Woodbridge, CT.  She carried a sense of warmth, love, joy and creativity throughout her life, which she passed along to her own family.

Jeannette is survived by her three children:  Robert Hafner of Hamden, CT, Bruce Hafner and wife Joanne, of Newark, DE, and Carol Heller and husband Joseph of Durham, CT.  In addition, she is survived by her grandchildren, Kaitlin Richetti and husband Zack and sons Callan and Beckett of Kennett Square, PA, Jennifer Blondin and husband Zachary and daughter Sophie of Wilmington, NC, Cody Hafner and wife Danielle and son Hudson, of Philadelphia, PA, Timothy Heller and wife Kelsey of Boston, MA, and Keegan Hafner of Philadelphia, PA.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harold Hafner of 57 years.

Jeannette was a graduate of Larson College, which later became Quinnipiac University, in Hamden.  She and her husband were active members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in New Haven.

Jeannette was an avid floral designer, and dedicated member of the Orange Garden Club for over 50 years, including service as President.  She loved partnering with her garden club friends in coordinating fundraising events, house tours, silver teas, and local and regional flower shows and design competitions.  Her dried floral designs were published in several books by Rodale Press and Sterling/Lark Press featuring her expertise in wreath making, topiaries, and floral arrangements.

Jeannette had many other creative hobbies as she was a master basket weaver, having crafted hundreds of distinctive and traditional shaker designs over the years.  She also loved painting, which she focused on in her later days.

Jeannette cherished time with her children, and their families, and especially loved spending her summers with them at her lakeside cottage in Maine.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Orange Garden Club or the Crescent Lake Watershed Association.  Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 10 am at the Orange Congregational Church in Orange, CT.  To leave online condolences, please visit our website at

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