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Robert Fred Hefelfinger

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Robert Fred (R. Fred) Hefelfinger, Sr., of Carlisle, died on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at his home. He was born on Tuesday, January 28, 1936 in Middlesex Township, a son of the late John Calvin and Margaret Dorothy (Waggoner) Hefelfinger. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Hefelfinger and a brother, William H. Hefelfinger. Fred is survived by his best friend and beloved wife of 55 years, Shirley Anne (Keefer) Hefelfinger, sons; Robert Fred, Jr. and John Calvin, II (and his wife, Katie) and by his daughter, Carol Sue (and her husband, Stanley) Wert, all of Carlisle. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; Matthew, Aaron and David Hefelfinger, and Clayton and Nicole Wert, all of Carlisle and Stephanie and Benjamin Hefelfinger of Claremont, FL, as well as two nieces and two nephews and his former daughter-in-law, Kimberly Hefelfinger of Claremont, FL.

Fred graduated from Carlisle High School in 1954 and studied business at Penn State on a full baseball scholarship. He began his working career at Stoner Beverage in Harrisburg. He was best known, however, in the financial circles of Carlisle. He began his financial career at Commercial Credit Corporation as a loan officer and then worked at several local banks including Harrisburg National Bank, Commonwealth National Bank, Mellon Bank, Farmers Trust Company and finally, Orrstown Bank for a total of 43 years. He retired from Orrstown Bank in 2007.

Fred was President of the New Cumberland Jaycees for four years and was a member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, Shriner’s (AAONMS), Moose and Elks Lodge. He served as a board member for the Carlisle United Way, Cumberland County Housing Authority, Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority, Senior Housing Authority, West Shore Chamber of Commerce, Carlisle Chamber of Commerce, Christian Retreat Center, Cumberland County Board of View and also did service for the Cumberland/Perry Banker’s Association, Cumberland/Perry American Institute of Banking, Maranatha Financial Counseling Service, Cumberland County Board of Assessment Appeals, Carlisle Basketball Classic, Carlisle Hospital Follies and the Paul Harris Foundation (Rotary International). He was a member of the Brethren in Christ Church, Carlisle.

Fred enjoyed the camaraderie of many friends while playing poker and tennis with many different groups throughout his life. But, it was his financial expertise and dedication to his community and family for which he will be most remembered.

A memorial service will be held at the Brethren in Christ Church, 1155 Walnut Bottom Rd, Carlisle to celebrate his life on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at 4 p.m. with Pastors Linda Lambert and John Keefer officiating. Private burial will be at the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Boiling Springs. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is assisting the family with the arrangements. The family kindly requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Maranatha Financial Counseling Services, 17 E. High St., Carlisle or to Celtic Healthcare of Carlisle, Suite 100, 220 Wilson St., PA 17013.

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 Sorry for your loss. Fred was a wonderful person and I feel fortunate to have known him! Best wishes to Shirley and family.

Bonnie Berk

 Fred was an excellent guy. He will be sorely missed.

Randolph Hays

 Carol and family:
 Please accept our condolences in the loss of your father, husband, grandfather. Your Dad was very well known in the financial circles of Carlisle -I remember working with him both professionally in real estate and in a few personal matters over the years. I remember him as a very approachable person, which isn't always the case in his line of business. You and your family are in our prayers for peace and comfort during this time.

Ruth and Marc Garutti

 I was sorry to hear about the passing of Fred. 
He was a classmate and friend who will be missed by everyone who knew him.
  Our condolences to the entire family.

Bard and Patra Rupp

 Dear Shirley & family,
I was so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. Please take comfort in knowing that he is now in a better place and no longer suffering. I wish you all peace in this time of sorrow...

Sue Henry

 I am the daughter of Rose and Bob Shoemaker.
 I remember when you both came for picnics and swimming at the house in Dillsburg.  I am thinking of you in this difficult time.

Terry McGarrigle-Ireland


Sorry to hear of the loss of our friend and neighbor.
Ann Williams

 Our family would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to Shirley and all of Freds family. Fred and Shirley were our neighbors for nearly 10years, and we will always be grateful for his kindness, and engaging and endearing manner. We will fondly remember him as he sat on his favorite chair in his back porch-- he never failing to greet a passerby and offer a joke or a kind word. We loved to see him watch the birds on his prized Mimosa tree or when he would spring into a joyful dance with Shirley. He was a beautiful man.
 He will be sorely missed.

 Jaime Juarez, Sharon Stockton, and Family


I was saddened to hear the news about Fred. He was a wonderful man and I am glad I got to know him when I did. He had the best sense of humor and a wonderful sense of family. My condolences to the whole family. My thoughts are with you all.

Stacey Adams

 My sincere sympathies are with your family. Fred (and Shirley) were like second parents to me as Carol and I grew up together. I remember him fondly and pray the good memories you all have will carry you through your grief.

Traci (Mills) Smith

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