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27-Sep-2019

Verne Uvezian (nee Deffner) Passes Away - USA

Faithe Deffner, Verne Deffner
Verne & Faithe DeffnerVerne Uvezian (nee Deffner) born on September 22, 1953, passed away September 21st, 2019 just one day shy of her 66th birthday. Picture above with Faithe Deffner.

Verne Uvezian (nee Deffner) was the only child of the late Ernest and Faithe Deffner, and grew up in Greenwich Village in New York City, before the family business relocated to Mineola, (Long Island) New York.

More recently she lived in Garden City and East Williston, NY before settling in Boynton Beach, FL.

After majoring in English in College, throughout her career Verne worked in Graphic Arts, Copy Editing, Proofreading and Publishing and Sales as well as periodic tenures with her Mother Faithe Deffner at the family business ‘Ernest Deffner Inc.’ which was founded in 1934.

More recently Verne became a published author, with her popular Children’s book ‘The Day Benny Stuck His Neck Out’ addressing the issue of 'bullying' because children were different. (NB. Benny the Giraffe, the book's main character, was different from everybody at home or in his school - he had a short neck).

"It teaches children that disabilities can be looked at in a positive light. You have to believe that being different is a wonderful thing. It gives children a marvelous sense of compassion because they are different and they know how a caring gesture or word can make them feel better," she said. She focuses her message on ability rather than inability.

After the 2014 passing of her Mother, accordion identity Faithe Deffner, Verne was instrumental in ensuring all her Mother’s historical materials from a lifetime of work in the accordion industry were transferred to the World of Accordions Museum in Superior, Wisconsin, where they became part of The Deffner Legacy display.

A mammoth undertaking, more than 70 boxes of materials were driven from New York to the Museum. Faithe was a major inspiration in expanding the World of Accordions Museum to its current location, and thanks to Verne’s efforts, the Deffner Legacy will be showcased for generations to come.

Verne married Ronny Uvezian in June 2010 and the couple celebrated in a reception with friends and family on August 28th 2010 in Bayville, Long Island. After several years in New York together, the couple moved permanently to Florida in 2014.

Details of a memorial service in October will be forthcoming, meanwhile messages of condolences maybe sent to: Ronny Uvezian, 11742 Caracas Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33437.

Picture below: Verne at her wedding with Faithe Deffner and Kevin Friedrich
Verne Deffner wedding
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