Daniel E. Doerfler
SOUTHINGTON - Daniel Edward Doerfler, 45, of Southington, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at HOCC at Bradley. Born on Sept. 3, 1971, in Meriden to Peter and Gail (Hopkins) Doerfler, he had been a lifelong Southington resident. Danny graduated from Southington High School, class of 1989, where he was a member of the marching band. He was a lifelong member of the First United Church in Meriden. Danny loved swimming and swam on the YMCA and AAU swim teams, still holding some local records. He also loved to fish, although he wasn't very good at it. In addition to his parents, Danny is survived by his daughter, Shelby Laurel Doerfler; his loving fiancé, Deana Testa; and her daughters, Korryn, Danyelle, Nicole, and Ryley; two brothers, Benjamin Doerfler and wife, Catherine, Scott Doerfler and wife, Kimberly; his paternal grandmother, Shirley (Andres) Doerfler; and four nieces and nephews, Jacob and Elizabeth Doerfler and Thomas and Victoria Doerfler, all of Southington. He is also survived by his uncle, Gains Edward Hopkins and wife, Aileen, of Maryland; his aunt, Lynn McLaughlin and husband, Thomas, of Florida; and many cousins. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Benjamin Doerfler. In lieu of flowers, donations in Danny's memory may be made to "Shelby's College Fund" c/o Peter and Gail Doerfler, 55 Bagley Road, Southington, CT 06489. A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the First United Methodist Church, 159 E. Main St., Meriden. Burial will follow in South End Cemetery, Southington. Calling hours will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.
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