Obituary: Daniel Edward Doerfler, 45

obit-daniel-e-doerflerDaniel 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 4 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 MD, his aunt Lynn McLaughlin and husband Thomas of FL 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 Rd. Southington, CT 06489.

A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 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, October 21, 2016 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. For online condolences and directions, please visit

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