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Ann L. Haffy


Ann L. Haffy, age 80, of Wayne, passed away at home on Sunday, May 14, 2017. She died as she lived, peacefully and contentedly; she'd spent Friday at her art class and Saturday baking pie and cornbread in anticipation of Mother's Day dinner with her sons.

Ann was born July 27, 1936 in Glen Ridge, NJ to Genevieve and Bernard Lenehan, who instilled in her a life-long love of learning and a tremendous work ethic.

Ann was a 1954 graduate of Bloomfield High School and a 1958 graduate of Bethany College (WV), from which she earned B.S. in Chemistry. She went on to earn two master's degrees, one in teaching and one in chemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ann was a teacher as well as a student; at various points her in life she taught high school chemistry, college laboratory chemistry, and - in later years - continuing education courses to H&R block tax preparers.

Ann's work life began during high school with a summer hostess job at Howard Johnson's and ended with this year's tax season. In between, she was a chemist for the Shulton Company (now the Old Spice branch of P&G), and a tax specialist at H&R Block from 1988-2014, among other positions. Ann was certified as an IRS enrolled agent, the highest credential the IRS awards.

Ann met the love of her life, Thomas (Tom) Haffy III, while teaching atFairleigh Dickinson. They married June 11, 1966 at the Park Methodist Church in Bloomfield and enjoyed a loving and devoted marriage of 42 years before Tom’s passing in January of 2008. Together, they raised two sons, Ed and John, with whom they particularly enjoyed exploring the outdoors. Over the years, they visited many National Parks (a bug Ann first caught on a post-college trip with Bethany friends). They camped first in tents and then a pop-up trailer before graduating to their own house-in-the-woods in the Pocono Mountains.

Ann enjoyed Friday art lessons at the American Woodcarving & Art School in Wayne, reading, and a good Wheel of Fortune/Jeopardy! double feature. She cherished dinners with her sons and monthly lunches with her beloved sister, Laura. Ann was the rare person who never yelled, never judged, never felt entitled to anything, and never complained. She died in her sleep, likely thinking that she'd had a pretty good day.

Ann is survived by her sons, Edward Haffy of Fair Lawn and John Haffy of Wayne; her sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Ed Lorenson, of Deep River, CT; her nephew, Jimmy Lorenson of Bristol, CT; and her niece Susan Lorenson and family (husband David Watkins and sons Jack and Adam) of Washington, DC.

Visiting hours will be from 4-8 pm on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, NJ. Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to NJ Search and Rescue, PO Box 14, Mahwah, NJ 07430 or the Ann Lenehan Haffy Scholarship, c/o Bethany College, 31 East Campus Dr. #7, Bethany, WV 26032 would be appreciated. 

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Laura. My thoughts.and prayers will talk soon. Love and hugs

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