|Birth: ||Mar. 23, 1923|
|Death: ||Mar. 17, 2012|
St. Clair County
Mrs. Hafner's obituary appeared in the Belleville News Democrat on March 25, 2012 ~~
"Bernice Lucille Hafner, nee Winkler, 88, of Belleville, Illinois, born March 23, 1923, in Newtown, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, surrounded by her loving family.
In 1946, prior to her marriage, Bernie was one of the first to answer a call by the government for civilian stenographers to go to Germany and France for a period of one year. Her assignment led her to the Allied war trials in Nuremberg, Germany. In her official capacity as court reporter, she was once seated 20 feet away from Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering.
Married in 1947, her life as an Air Force wife took her back to Germany and France as well as to several bases in the United States. Bernie and Ed retired to Phoenix for 30 years where their time was spent playing golf and socializing with their friends. Bernie was president of the Ahwatukee Women's Golf Association from 1984 to 1985. After returning to Belleville, Bernie would occasionally play bridge at Fischer's with the Newcomers Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Retired USAF Capt. Edward L. Hafner, who passed away on June 30, 2011; and her parents, John Winkler and Ethel, nee Beckett, Meguire.
Surviving are her daughters, Sue (Dennis) Guetterman, and Patricia (Jon) Rosen; her grandchildren, Amy Marshall, Michelle (Jason) Kolman, Matthew Marshall, Emily (David) Kragh, and Scott (Jenny) Guetterman; and great-grandchildren, Leslie Kolman, Kylie and Derek Guetterman, and Hudson Kragh.
Bernie was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Rosewood Care Center for making Bernie feel at home this past year. They would also like to thank Eldon Trame, MD, the Memorial Hospital staff on 3-South and Hospice of Southern Illinois for their excellent medical care.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Funeral: It was Bernie's wish that there be no public visitation or service. Following cremation, she will be buried next to her husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri."
Edward L Hafner (1922 - 2011)
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St. Louis County
Created by: Nan
Record added: Mar 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87339819
Added: Mar. 25, 2012