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Emil Hafner

Emil Hafner


Emil Hafner, 93, of Backus, died Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Pequot Lakes, Minn.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Louis Catholic Church (506 Cedar St., St. Paul) with a visitation Friday from 5-7 p.m. at O’Halloran and Murphy Funeral Home (575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul). Private family interment. Memorials are preferred to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Emil was born in St. Paul, the son of Emil and Ameila Hafner. Following high school, Emil served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Fiesel in 1942. Emil was a printer for West Publishing until his retirement.

The couple vacationed and summered at Ponto Lake where Emil retired following Dorothy’s death. Emil liked woodworking, cooking and gardening. He also enjoyed bird watching and was an avid reader. Emil’s family was important to him; they often got together for support, tears, laughter and hugs.

He will be missed by his children, Barbara (Bob Noskowiak) Melville, of St. Augusta, Michael (Stacie) Hafner, of Maplewood, Thomas (Susan) Hafner, of Prescott, Ariz., Debbie (Jim) Veitch, of Stillwater, Sue (Bob) Premo, of St. Paul, and Joan (Tony) Elumba, of West St. Paul; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; parents; brother, Daniel; and son-in-law, Bill Melville.

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Arrangements are with Brenny Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services.