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Remembering Larry

Larry Haubner at his 105th birthday party.I was sad to learn yesterday afternoon from Carol Ewing that Larry “Curly” Haubner had died at 108. 

Carol, who was one of Larry’s protectors, said he died yesterday morning at Greenfield, an assisted living home in southern Stafford where he had lived for the last six years.

To me, Larry was symbolic of one of life’s great fears: To be old, alone and penniless. Larry enjoyed wonderful health and a long life, but in a sense, his longevity also was a problem. He outlived family, friends and his meager fortune. He faced the questions that I sometimes ask myself: Will I have enough money after retirement? If I need help, will someone be there for me?

For Larry, the answer to both questions was a resounding yes. Carol and others organized two fund-raisers, and the community responded generously. Greenfield discounted its usual fees, and Larry was able to remain there to the end.   

Carol said that Larry died in prayer and free of pain. “He was able to stay in his home, in his room, and was surrounded by the people who loved and cared about him,” she added.

I can’t imagine how it could have ended any better.  

A viewing for Larry will be held Monday from 6-8 p.m.  at Laurel Hill Funeral Home in Spotsylvania. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday at 11a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fredericksburg. Burial will follow at Laurel Hill.

(Today’s story about Larry can be seen here. Earlier stories are here, here and here. A 8-minute YouTube video of him can be seen here.)