Mary Greene Hafler


Mary Greene Hafler, 86, passed away on June 27, 2018. Born in Binghamton, NY on November 8, 1931 she was the daughter of Florence and Porter Greene. Mary was a graduate of Binghamton North High School and Russell Sage College, and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Education from the University of Maine in Orono. In 1953 she married Harry Hafler and they settled in Ithaca, NY.

Mary was a teacher at Dryden Central School for 26 years. After retiring, she moved to Ballston Spa. She loved playing the piano and sang with the Cortland County Sweet Adelines. She planned the programs for the Ballston Spa Senior Chorus and was the piano accompanist. She enjoyed cross-stitch, painting, reading, crossword puzzles and gardening. Mary knitted hundreds of sweaters and hats for teddy bears which were given to children. She liked to travel and visited many countries.

She was predeceased by her husband Harry. Mary is survived by her children Brian Hafler and Susan Zimmer; grandchildren Patrick Blinn, Mitchell Blinn and Peter Zimmer; sister Alice Burgess; nieces Eileen Manz, Virginia Baird and Cynthia Kimmey; 3 great grandchildren, 3 grand nephews and 1 grand niece.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, July 2 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to Drilling for Hope, 6 Tower Place, Albany, NY 12203.

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Pam Hewett

Mary was such a good friend of our family. After Susan, Brian me and my brothers grew up she remained close to my mother, Nancy Hewett. They spent their school teaching years making annual trips to NYC, then their retirement years traveling to such spots as Greece and Spain with Mary as tour guide extraordinaire. She will be greatly missed. Much love to Brian and Susan.

Edward Spafard

Mary was my favorite classmate. We first met in September 1936, in kindergarten ar Port Dick Junior High. We spent 10 years together, then 3 years at Binghamton North High School. We lost track of each other for the next 23 years. We met at our 25th Port Dick reunion. From then on we formed a bond with our classmates, and took several trips together. Mary will really be missed at our 72 year reunion, next week. Your Old Classmate, Ed Spafard