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Lorraine "Lee" Haffke: Dedham Graduate, Motel Owner and Artistic Roller Skater

Services will be held Wednesday in Norwood and Canton.

Photo Credit: Karen Hart
Photo Credit: Karen Hart
Editor's Note: The following obituary was provided by Karen Hart.

Lorraine "Lee" Haffke, 78, of Malta, New York, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 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 Dedham High School 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 sisterinlaw, Sylvia
Haffke. She was passionate about animals and loved her dogs Heidi, Christy, Penny and Lady, who she rescued from a puppy mill.
 
Calling hours and a celebration of Lee's life will be Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Folsom Funeral Home, 85 Nichols Street, Norwood. Interment will follow at Knollwood Memorial Park, High Street, Canton.
 
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Lee's name to The Arthritis Foundation at www.arthritis.org.
 
Online remembrances may be made at www.folsomfuneral.com.

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