Marc E.Hafensteiner- April 10, 2012

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 HAFENSTEINER, Marc E., aged 60, of Selkirk, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with Burkitt’s lymphoma on Tuesday, April 10.  He was born in Troy and raised in Lansingburgh, the son of Laura (Xander) Hafensteiner of Glenmont and the late Harmond Hafensteiner.  Marc is survived by his mother, his beloved wife of 33 years, Sarah (Coe) Hafensteiner of Selkirk, four children, Benjamin Hafensteiner and his wife Amanda Gorman of Rochester, Jacob Hafensteiner and his wife Amy of Andover, MA, Samuel Hafensteiner currently stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard in Cleveland, OH, and Abigail Hafensteiner currently a college student in Boston, MA, his sister, Bonnie Hafensteiner of Albany, as well as two nieces and three nephews.  He also leaves behind a much loved family of friends.

 Marc graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 1968, attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he earned a BS in Mathematics in 1973, and then earned an MS in Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics from SUNY Albany in 1975.  Marc was a long-time active member of The First Reformed Church of Bethlehem where he loved to sing in the choir, served on the Consistory, and was an ever present volunteer.  In September 2010, he retired from the DMV after more than 33 years as a public servant.   He shared his love of mathematics with his students as an adjunct professor of math at Schenectady County Community College for over 35 years. 

Marc most loved life when he was with his family and friends.  He was a quiet, comforting presence with a deep compassion for those around him.  Throughout his life, Marc was first to lend a hand to all in need, no matter the task.  He was a man of many projects, enjoying them most when the projects allowed him to help others.  He was a mentor to all who were blessed to be around him in lessons of life and love. He touched everyone with his love of music, especially when he sang.  Marc felt at home when in the outdoors and loved canoeing, kayaking, fishing in the Adirondacks and on Panther Pond, mowing the lawns and field, hiking, and scouting. 

 Friends and relatives are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, April 13th, from 4-7pm at The First Reformed Church of Bethlehem, 38 Church Road (off Rt. 9W), Selkirk, NY.  Funeral services will be held at the same location on Saturday, April 14th at 11am followed by burial in  Elmwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, Marc requested that people consider memorial donations to The First Reformed Church of Bethlehem.