Mary Louise (O’Connell) Haefner

Mary Louise (O’Connell) Haefner, 94, of Danville, passed away very peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at Maria Hall Hospice in Danville.

Mary was born Feb. 19, 1926 in Williamsport to the late Anna (Swanson) and Andrew O’Connell. She graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Williamsport and attended Lycoming College, majoring in business. Mary worked in the Social Security Office in Williamsport, where she met the love of her life, William “Bill” Haefner. They were married for nearly 60 years, before his passing on April 5, 2005.

When they moved to Danville in the early 60s, Mary was a homemaker, raising five children. She then started employment at Geisinger Medical Center, where she retired after 20 years. In her retirement, she volunteered at GMC, as well as assisted her husband in operating the Collar and Cuff men’s clothing store in downtown Danville.

Mary was a long-time, devoted member of St. Joseph Church. She loved knitting, reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Mary was loved by all who knew her for her sweet smile and loving, gentle way.

She is survived by her five children: William E. Haefner Jr. and wife Darla of Newport News, Va., Theresa M. Gress and husband John of Brodheadsville, Gerald F. Haefner and wife Nancy of Danville, Mary Ann Mandell and husband Bill of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and Catherine E. Haefner of Taos, N.M.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 at St. Joseph Church, 68 Center Street in Danville, with the Rev. Timothy Marcoe, as celebrant. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Interment will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Danville. The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor may be made to St. Joseph Church, 68 Center Street, Danville, PA 17821.

The family would like to thank the staff of Maria Hall and Geisinger Hospice, as well as Vintage Knolls Assisted Living for their kind, compassionate, loving care. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brady Funeral Home, Inc. Please share memories and messages of support for her family at www.BradyFuneralHome.com.