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Pauline Haenfler - October 16, 2009


Pauline Haenfler was born May 24, 1917, on the family farm north of Hamlet, Neb., to Jacob and Bertha Ingold Ruettimann. Pauline moved into Hamlet when she was 2 years old and grew up there, graduating from Hamlet High School in 1934. Her parents died when Pauline was a teenager and she lived with her sister, Rosa.
Pauline attended Kearney State Teachers College where she received her teaching certificate. She taught rural school in Hayes County before moving to Grant in 1941 where she taught at Grant Grade School until retiring in 1954.
Pauline was married to Edward J. Haenfler in Gering, Neb., on June 8, 1949. One son, Alan, was born to this union.
In addition to supporting Ed who taught at Perkins County High School and coached football, Pauline did substitute teaching and worked part time in the Perkins County Superintendent’s office.
Pauline was admitted to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant in August of 2006. She had been in failing health and died at Golden Ours on Saturday night, Sept. 12, 2009. She had reached the age of 92.
Pauline loved music and played piano by ear. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting and playing bridge. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in their school activities.
She was a longtime member of the Grant United Methodist Church and the U.M.W. She had also been a member of the Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents, Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, who died in December of 2006; three brothers and seven sisters.
She is survived by her son, Alan, and his wife, Peggy, of rural Madrid; one granddaughter, Trisha and one grandson, Troy; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Richard Savage officiating. Burial was in the Grant Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.