Gerard A. Haefeli

September 29, 1924July 5, 2013

TOMS RIVER – Gerard A. Haefeli died Friday, July 5, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. He was 88.

Born in Brooklyn, he resided in Westfield for 39 years before settling in Toms River 12 years ago.

Prior to retiring in 1989, he was a Chemical Engineer for GAF in Wayne. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Lafayette College in Easton, PA and his Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

Gerard was a parishioner of St. Luke’s RC Church in Toms River and was also an avid golfer.

Surviving is his loving wife of 67 years, Marguerite Hope; 6 children: Kathleen (John) Jones of Orwigsburg, PA, Patricia (James) Heimlich of Long Beach Island, Marguerite Bowdish of Brick, Annette (Alan) Hergert of Westfield, Bernadette (Thomas) Harney of Brick, and Michael (Sandra) Haefeli of Beachwood; 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marion Schroeder of Annapolis, MD; and 2 nephews: David & Joseph Maxcy.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 9:15AM at St. Luke’s RC Church, Toms River. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Toms River.

Friends may call at D’Elia Funeral Home, Rte. 70 & Vermont Ave., Lakewood on Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9PM. For more information, or to post a tribute online please visit

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Van Dyk Hospice, 99 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 8, 2013

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July 27, 2013

Mr Haefeli was so cool. I can still See him walking around Massachusetts street. Spent lots of great time at the Haefeli house on roger ave. we will keep you all in our prayers and know that he is at peace now watching over all of you. Love Mary Goski damore

Ken and Phyllis Buyyounouski

July 16, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of Gerry's passing....Our love and prayers are with you. He was such a sweet and gentle man. He was always so warm to us. We know how much you'll miss him....we will too.

Barbara Wilkowski

July 8, 2013

To such a wonderful family. So sorry to hear about Gerrys passing. He was such an interesting and nice man!!! Enjoyed seeing him now and then at Bernies and Toms. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Bunny Benetz

July 8, 2013

Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love and hugs. Bunny

July 8, 2013

Hope, I was so sorry to hear this news....Gwen and I were talking today about spending time with the girls when we were younger....and penpals. I, myself remember the trip in the early 90's to your home, our trip to Ellis Island and then, I forget, to who's home and that wonderful Apricot Dressing....I still have and use the recipe! One of my fondest memories will be as I look back to dancing with this special man to the waltz.....I loved dancing with him....I felt like I was just gliding on air. I will keep these memories close in my heart with my Dad. Know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathy (Eichlin) Patrick

Gwen Dougherty

July 8, 2013

Dear Hope, I'm so sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. Our prayers are with you and your family. I have such wonderful memories of playing with your girls as we grew up. And even though it's been years since I've seen you, those memories will always be with me. Sending prayers and hugs. Love, Gwen (Eichlin) Dougherty

Lucinda (Linda) DeMiranda

July 7, 2013

Loved visiting you at Bernie's and Tom's. I will miss you. My prayers go out to your family.

Mark, Jodi & Andrew Buyyounouski

July 7, 2013

Pop Pop, We love you very much and will carry you in our hearts - thank you for your love and laughter.