J.C. Haefner

J.C. Haefner

February 04, 1942 - August 11, 2009

J.C. Haefner

February 04, 1942 - August 11, 2009


J.C. Haefner, DVM, February 4, 1942 to August 11, 2009 passed away after an extended illness. She is survived by her two sons, Steven and James, and six grandchildren. J.C. was born to Dick and Clara Hill in Detroit MI. She graduated from Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1965. J.C. and her husband William opened a successful veterinarian practice in Pontiac Michigan. In 1981, she moved to Fountain Valley, CA and ultimately began her own practice. J.C. was an exceptionally generous person. She donated both time and money to numerous charitable organizations including the San Diego Zoological Society and Michigan State University. She was an active board member of the MSU Alumni Club of Orange County. Above all, J.C. was deeply loved by her family, friends, and her ‘kitties.’ She will be sorely missed by all of those that she touched.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 17th at O’Connor Mortuary Laguna Hills Chapel in Laguna Hills, CA. A short viewing will begin promptly at 12:00 noon followed by a formal memorial service at 1:00 pm. A graveside service at El Toro Memorial Park will take place shortly after 2:00 pm. Jim and Autumn Haefner will be hosting a reception to celebrate her life at their home in Aliso Viejo immediately following the graveside service that is estimated to begin at 3:30 pm.

12 Noon – Viewing – O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills

1:00 p.m. – Memorial Service – O’Connor Mortuary Laguna Hills

2:00 p.m. – Graveside Service – El Toro Memorial Park

3:30 p.m. – Reception – James & Autumn Haefner, 47 Coastal Oak, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to San Diego Zoological Society at 2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego, CA 92101.

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47 responses to J.C. Haefner

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  1. JC was one of the most kind-hearted people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Her level of compassion for animals and people was something we should all strive to achieve. Not only was she such a gentle soul, she had the spirit of an angel, always smiling and caring for others. I am a better person for having known JC… May God bless her and keep her safe at His throne.

  2. To my Loving Sister: Finally, you can take a much deserved rest… All of us will miss you.

  3. My deepest and most sincere sympathy is extended to JC’s family. She was an extraordinary woman, lifelong friend, and most gracious to all whose lives she touched. I had always referred to her as “Dr. Judy,” although I knew she was “JC” to everyone else. If it were not for her loving care of animals, my Schnauzer, “Pfeffer,” would not have lived to be 19 years old. Dr. Judy will always be, not only in my heart, but in the hearts of all those who knew her. Each of us thank her in our own way for how she contributed to our life as she was always there to help. May she now rest in peace.

  4. My deepest sympathy to the family. Judie was my next-door neighbor and best friend in high school. As long as I knew her, her goal was always to become a veterinarian. She loved animals, and even bought a horse while she was a teen, which we used to ride together. An extremely intelligent girl she was our class valedictorian she was also very sweet, shy and loving. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  5. Words could never express how much JC has touched everyone that was in her circle of life. She was an excellent teacher, listener, and even better friend. I had the honor to know her, and witness her non stop gift of generosity and genuine love for others. I will forever remember Wednesday nights playing cards and eating the best home cooked meals a person could imagine. She personally helped me face many obstacles in life that we all encounter. I remember going to her house on my 30th birthday complaining about being 30. She looked at me and smiled. She told me that she herself only started to feel like her life was beginning in her 30’s. That she began to realize who she was as a woman and loved everything that her 30’s had brought. She said we get more comfortable and the things we worried about dont matter as much as we get older. She was one of the most amazing people I have ever met and I will miss her friendship greatly. I love you JC

    All my love forever ~ Karen

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