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Leon J. Haefner Jr., 85

May 23, 2021

Leon J. Haefner Jr., 85, of Lancaster, affectionately known as “Sonny” passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

He was a lifelong resident of Lancaster and attended Sacred Heart Of Jesus and Lancaster Catholic High School. He briefly attended Franklin & Marshall College before joining the United States Air Force. He served with distinction, spending most of his tenure in Nome and St. Lawrence Island, Alaska intercepting and decoding Russian radio transmissions. While there he was a left-handed pitcher for the Air Force Baseball League, winning enough games that he received an invitation from the Philadelphia PhillIes to tryout for the team. Choosing to remain close to home and family, he declined and instead pursued what would become a thirty-two-year career with Trojan Yacht Company where he worked as a Computer Programmer.

Leon was a sports enthusiast. He played basketball up to age 60, including pick up games at the local parks and competitive team tennis to age 83. He coached both boys and girls basketball for a combined 20 years at Sacred Heart and football for the Lancaster City Elks for 5.

He was dedicated to his Catholic faith and was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church his entire life. He served as a Eucharistic Minister for over a decade. He was a completely devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He loved to share his wit and sense of humor with everyone and encouraged, supported and protected all those he loved. Vacationing in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia was a favorite and often-visited get-away. His passing has left a huge void in the lives of his family, friends and loved ones.

Leon is survived by his wife of sixty-five years Paula “Polly” (Steinbaecher) Haefner and his seven children: Michele, of Lancaster; Lisa Eshbach, wife of Eugene of Mechanicsburg, PA; Christopher husband of Catherine of Lancaster, PA; Mark husband of Michelle of Akron, PA; Paula Ross, wife of Eric of Leola, PA; Leon III husband of Sherry of Lititz, PA, and Marcia St. Amand of Surprise, AZ. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Surviving also are his siblings: a sister, Josie Stork wife of Tom of Lititz; a brother Francis Haefner of Lititz and a brother, Henry Haefner of North Wales, a suburb of Philadelphia.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.

A viewing will be held from 6PM-8PM on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory, 414 E King Street Lancaster. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11AM on Friday, May 28, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 558 W. Walnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17603. Friends and family will be received from 10:15AM until the time of service. Interment will follow at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery, Bausman, PA.

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Condolences to the Family

May 28, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the family. We have fond memories of all the good times we had as neighbors on Pine Street. Sonny was always so kind to the neighborhood kids. We will always remember him as a nice and caring person. The family is in our prayers.
Jim and Sandy Bair

May 27, 2021

I had the best Father in law anyone could ask for ❤️ He will be missed by the whole family.  
Michelle Haefner

May 27, 2021

Prayers for Leon and his extended family.  Unable to attend the funeral; will be attending a funeral at St. Anne’s at 11 am.  
Marie & Paul Sauer

May 26, 2021

I enjoyed our visits and spending time with you Uncle Sonny.   You will be missed. ♥️
Stephanie Greineder

May 26, 2021

My sympathy to Leon’s family .  Leon’s passing brought back some great memories of him and me mostly warming the bench of Bernie Rider’s 1951 Lititz High School football team who won only one game at which Leon notably recovered a fumble on the last play of the game.  If I had to spend so much time on the bench, it couldn’t have been beside a more affable person than Leo with his keen sense of humor.  It’s good to read in his obit that his athletic career prospered thereafter.   My other connection with Leon was a strong infatuation with his sister, Josie, in junior high school.   I thought Josie was the nicest and most beautful girl.  I wonder if she recalls our only date going to the movies.  I became acquanted with one of her grandsons about fifteen years ago when he worked as a waiter at Moravian Manor.  He inherited Leon’s and Josie’s good looks and wondeful personality and was missed by the dining residents upon his departure.
Again, my sympath to Josie and to Leon’s famlly, who were forunate to have had Leon for so many years and, I’m sure, have many happy memories.
Bob Hess

May 26, 2021

To Leon’s Family;   Leon was a classmate of mine at Sacred Heart Parish all through grade school, and beyond into Lancaster Catholic High.    I remember Leon as one of the “good guys” and one who was comfortable to be around and respectful to everyone.    My heartfelt condolences to you all on this great loss in your lives and trust the One True Living God, Jehovah, will be your everlasting comfort as you walk through these coming days and years without your beloved Leon!

Thursday, May 27, 2021
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Lancaster, PA 17602
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Lancaster, PA 17603
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