MERIDEN - Elsie G. Hafner, 75, of 265 West View Drive, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2005 at MidState Medical Center. She was the wife of Walter Hafner for 48 years. Born in Meriden, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Emma Krueger Gumz. As a young child, she moved with her parents to Germany and returned to the United States in 1947. Elsie worked as a secretary at Trumbull Electric Company (later General Electric) in Plainville, CT until 1960 when she retired to raise her family. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Meriden. Elsie was very active in German and American choral singing in Meriden, the State of Connecticut as well as New England. She was secretary for the Connecticut Saengerbund for several years and sang with the Meriden Turner Society and Meriden Community Chorus. Elsie enjoyed traveling. Her friends will remember the many enjoyable cruises that they spent with her. Family and friends will also remember her beautiful garden, her skill of cooking, baking and the wonderful entertaining at her lovely home. She will truly be missed. Besides her husband Walter, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Gavin Murphy of Hebron; a sister, Eleonore Kutzner in Germany; a brother and sister-in-law, Klaus and Virginia Gumz of Durham and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Hans Hafner; a brother, Winfried Gumz; and a sister, Esther Conlon. Elsie dearly loved her family and friends and always brought them together at holidays and family celebrations. Funeral service Friday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 520 Paddock Ave., Meriden. Rev. Wallace Merdinyan will officiate. Relatives and friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. If desired, contributions in Elsie's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., Meriden, CT 06450.

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  1. Dear Linda, Our family extends our deepest sympathy to you during this time of great sorrow. Please know we are here for you – just as you and Gav have been for us these past few years. We love you and pray God’s peace be with you and your family. Love, Jeanne

  2. Ein Lebensweg hat sich vollendet, als die Kraft zu Ende ging, war’s Erlosung … Du bist nicht mehr dort wo Du warst, aber Du bist uberall wo wir sind. Wir nehmen in Liebe Abschied und werden Dich nie vergessen

  3. Elsie, you are more than a friend to us, and we miss you dearly. God bless you. Love, Janice and Richard

  4. Linda and Gavin I just wanted to express my deepest sympathy to you during this time. Please let me know if I can do anything to help any of you Melissa

  5. Linda from our family to yours we express our deepest sympathy and our thoughts are with you in this time of great loss. Love you. Jason and Jennifer Wood

  6. Linda we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers go out to you and your family.I was visiting my aunt Mary Cichowski at the nursing home on Paddock Ave. It was a few days after Halloween and My wife Jan & I saw you & your Mom.I believe we will all see each other again and you will see your Mom again. God Bless. _ Frank & Jan

  7. Linda, we are so sorry about the loss of your mom. Losing a parent is so difficult. Please send our condolences to your Dad and know you are in our thoughts and prayers Love-Noreen and Jared

  8. On behalf of the Austrian Singing Society .Donau.,New Britain,CT,I want to extend our deepest sympathy to Walter Hafner and his family. Elsie has been in our midst for many years as a singer and a colleague of the combined New England Singing Societies. We will miss her very much. Roland Hutter, Secretary.

  9. We love you, Elsie! We will miss you so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Joe, Mary and Linda Ciacchi and Betty and Dominick Answini

  10. We so loved you Elsie, You will always be in our hearts. We will miss you. Love, Mike, Suzanne, Ryan and David Conlon

  11. WHAT A WONDERFUL PERSON ELSIE WAS. SHE WAS SUCH A JOY TO BE AROUND AT ALL OF OUR FAMILY GATHERINGS. HER WARM SMILE AND FRIENDLY WAYS WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS ARE WITH LINDA,GAVIN AND ALL WHO LOVED HER. TARA,GREG,MATT AND NICK JUSELIS

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