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Monroe Hafter

Monroe Hafter of Ann Arbor, Michigan , died on 03 April 2019.

The Funeral was held at Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 on Friday, 05 April 2019 at 12:00 PM .

Rabbi Robert Dobrusin and Rabbi Nadav Caine officiated.

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Interment at Beth Israel Memorial Garden at Arborcrest Cemetery.

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The family will begin the observance of Shiva on Friday, April 5, and friends are welcome to visit from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Hafter residence, 1325 Brooklyn Ave., Ann Arbor, 48104.

The family will receive visitors between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6.

Shiva observance will resume on Sunday, April 7, with friends welcome to visit beginning at 5:00 p.m. There will be a minyan at 7:40 p.m.

On Monday, April 8, friends are welcome to visit beginning at 7:00 p.m. with minyan at 7:40 p.m.

Family members include:
Beloved husband of 62 years of Daryl Hafter. Cherished father of Matthew (Beth) Hafter and Naomi Hafter. Loving grandfather of Mark and Claire Hafter. Dear brother of the late Ethel (the late Jim) Atz. Also survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Monroe’s adult life began with two years in the Navy during World War II. He then earned three degrees at Harvard University, ending with a Ph. D. in Spanish Literature in 1956. After three years teaching at Williams College, he came to the University of Michigan where he taught until his retirement in the Department of Romance Languages. As a scholar of Spanish writing, Hafter made frequent trips to Spain, studying at Madrid’s National Library and building a substantial library of rare volumes which he donated to the University of Michigan Library. His research included the beginnings of women’s authorship and intellectual currents within Spain’s reading public. Monroe’s family accompanied him, and with his two children in Spanish schools, he gained a unique window into Spanish culture.

His devotion to his family, his profession, and to Beth Israel Congregation came with a genial concern for everyone he met. Monroe truly spent his life making the world a happier and better place. Everyone who knew him took inspiration and comfort from his words.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Monroe Hafter may do so by making a contribution to:

Beth Israel Congregation of Ann Arbor
2000 Washtenaw
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 665-9897
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Food Gatherers
P.O. Box 131037
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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