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Haffke, Lorraine E.

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Lorraine “Lee” Haffke, 78, of Malta, NY, died peacefully on January 15, 2014 at The Wesley Community in Saratoga Springs, NY following a lengthy and courageous struggle with rheumatoid arthritis. Lee was born in Brookline, MA, the daughter of Charles A. and Janet (Brown) Edgerly, and the beloved wife of 58 years of Henry A. Haffke who currently resides at The Wesley Community.  She graduated from high school in Dedham, MA and had a varied career starting as a telephone operator.  She was an artistic roller skater and met Henry while taking a proficiency dance test where he was one of the judges.  Lee and Henry raised their family in Vineland, NJ where she was a secretary at Miles Petroleum, Inc.  Thirty years later she and Henry became owner/operators of the Magic View Motel in Londonderry, VT, selling it after 15 years and retiring to Malta, NY.Survivers include her husband, Henry; two sons, Gary Haffke, and Ray Haffke; one daughter, Karen (Karl) Hart, and many nieces and nephews. .  Lee is predeceased by her son, Richard K. Haffke, and two “big” brothers, Charles E. “Chuck” Edgerly and Richard P. “Dick” Edgerly.Lee really enjoyed meeting people from all over world who stayed at her motel.  Her greatest joy came from raising her children and spending the Christmas holidays with her family in the mountains of PA and VT.  Lee also loved to travel, including trips to Europe and cruises, with Henry and her sister-in-law, Sylvia Haffke.  She was passionate about animals and loved her dogs Heidi, Christy, Penny and Lady, who she rescued from a puppy mill. Relatives and friends are invited to visit at 11:30AM on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the May Funeral Home, 85 Nichols St., Norwood, MA followed by a celebration of her life with remembrance sharing at 12:30PM.  Interment will be in Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton, MA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Lee’s name to The Arthritis Foundation at




Guestbook Entries

  1. Linda ( Edgerly) Johnson
    January 17th, 2014 | 5:51 pm

    I will most remember Aunt Lee’s love of her family.She lit up when she talked about Xmas at the chalet. I also remember her detailed Xmas cards to update everyone about her childrens’latest accomplishments.She surely loved her dogs and calling my Dad(Chuck)her “big brother”.
    Aunt Lee was also known for her cooking-her mac and cheese was simply the best!!!! I am glad to know she is now home with the Lord and no longer suffering from such a dabilitating disease.
    Rest in peace Aunty-I am sure your brothers are happy to have their little sis home.
    Love,your niece Linda

  2. Roger Robillard and Betty Warren
    January 18th, 2014 | 10:38 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the family of Lee, who was our neighbor in Malta. We are very sorry for your loss.

  3. Samuel Levy
    January 18th, 2014 | 2:35 pm

    I wish to express my deepest sympathy over your loss. May her memory be as a blessing to all of you. Reading the obitauary brought back a flood of memories, as Gary and I were fellow first- and second-graders at Ellison School in Vineland, NJ.

  4. Neil Hannon
    January 20th, 2014 | 2:32 am

    To Gary and the Haffke family, our deepest sympathy for your loss, no one in this life has the connection and love that a mother has.
    signed: Neil Hannon and your brothers and sisters in the Adirondack Board Sailing Club.

  5. Champion & Cynthia Cox
    January 20th, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family on the loss of Lee. We lived closed by, at Smith Trailer Park, about 54 years ago. Lee helped me , so much, with the birth of our first child. This baby wouldn’t stop crying. Lee came over to our house, to give me some help. We also went with you to skating events. Champ is still flying RC.
    God Bless, Love Cynthia and Champ.PS We are retired in Hertford, NC

  6. Tad Kinsley
    January 23rd, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Henry, Ray, Gary & Karen, I am so sorry for your loss,I always enjoyed having your family with us for Thanksgiving. Lee was always so appreciative. Find comfort that she is at peace. You are all in my thoughts during this difficult time. Tad Kinsley

  7. Nancy Olson
    January 23rd, 2014 | 11:45 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Lee was our bridesmaid many years ago. We had wonderful times together at Roll-Land. Love ,thoughts and prayers to all Nancy and David Olson

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