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Glenda Rose Haefner

By The Mercury

Glenda Rose Haefner, 71, of Blaine, died Wednesday at her home following an illness.  She was a long-time member of the area.

The family provided some of the following information.

Glenda was born Jan. 22, 1942, in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Glenn and Gladys Hollenbeck Cooper.  She attended Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe.

She married Rudolph Marvin Haefner on Oct. 18, 1960, in Westmoreland.  He preceded her in death on April 19, 2008.

Glenda was a homemaker and was the publisher of a bi-weekly newsletter of specific interest to the deaf community with over 7,000 subscribers. The newsletter covered a variety of subject matters that would be of interest and help to her readers. She also loved raising flowers and gardening. Glenda did various arts and crafts, especially in the years prior to her newsletter.  She was an avid recycler.  Glenda was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Wheaton.

Glenda is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Haefner of Blaine; her sons, Ronald Haefner and his wife, Jane, of Columbus, Neb., and Calvin Haefner and his wife, Mistella of Washington, D.C.;  her grandchildren, Alex, Tandi, Jeffery and Katelyn; her brother, Jack Cooper and his wife, Ann, of Gardner and brother-in-law, Ernest Haefner and his wife, Nila, of Wheaton.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. October 12 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Wheaton.  The Rev. Terry DeGiovanni will be officiating.  A private family inurnment will take place in St. Luke Lutheran Cemetery North, at a later date.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Luke Lutheran Church, Midwest International Lutheran Deaf Association or the Deaf Cultural Center, and those may be sent in care of Kufahl Funeral Home in Wheaton.  Online condolences may be made at

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