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Jane Haff

Cohoes-Jane Ellen Haff, 91, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 with family by her side.

Born on March 19, 1927, in Troy, N.Y., to the late Ingrid and Harold Tilton, Jane was raised in Troy and graduated from Lansingburgh High School. After high school, she worked as a secretary. While on a camping trip with friends to Rogers Rock, Lake George, she met the love of her life, Gardner Haff, and they soon married and raised a family. In March 2018, they celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Jane was a homemaker and liked to travel (especially to Cape Cod), cook, read, sew and garden. She valued her lifelong friendships and her rich Danish heritage. She loved to watch "Seinfeld," play cards and listen to the saxophone music of her husband or the albums of Scott Hamilton. She enjoyed skiing and swimming, and sailing on Lake George with her husband. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and learning of their joys and accomplishments.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Robert Tilton. She is survived by her husband, Gardner; her children, Sandra Smith (John), of Latham, and Jeffrey Haff (Meg), of Clifton Park; granddaughters Meghan, Susan and Kaitlin, grandsons Alexander and Ian, and great-grandson Colin. Also, longtime friends Dorothy Olson and Kathy Dewine.

She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lansingburgh.

The family would like to thank Dr. Nita Parikh for her care through the years and the fourth-floor staff at Memorial Hospital for their care and kindness.

Jane was known for her warmth and friendliness to all she met. She has left a huge hole in the hearts of her husband, children and grandchildren, but her kind spirit, love and encouragement will be felt for generations.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Cornerstone Community Church of Lansingburgh, 570 3rd Ave., Troy, NY 12182.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will be held at Memory Gardens, Colonie.

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Sandy & Jeff, Im so sorry to hear that your mom has passed. Growing up as neighbors, she was like a mom to me. Ill always have fond memories of her having coffee at my house, treating me as a grownup when I was only a child. She was a classy lady, one that was there for her kids, keeping dentist appointments and attending baseball games. She was an angel on earth and now one above, watching over her loved ones. Shes now reunited with her parents and taking Fritzi for his daily walks.

Sharon Breen Feb 15 2019 12:00 AM

Mr. Haff , Sandy and family, I was so sorry to read of Mrs. Haff's passing. I always enjoyed our visits at the salon. She was a very special lady, who will be missed . I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Chris St Pierre Feb 6 2019 12:00 AM

Jeff, Sandy, Gard and family,I was so truly saddened to hear of Janes passing. I think you all know that she has always held a very special place in my heart. Please know that I still cherish the fond memories Ive had with Jane and all of you. May the beautiful memories you hold dear in your hearts help to ease your sorrow. Jane was an amazing woman and will be dearly missed.

MaryAnne Centonze Feb 4 2019 12:00 AM

Sandy and family, I'm so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful woman. I do remember her fondly in the good old days of the great neighborhood we had. Please accept our sincerest condolences and don't hesitate to reach out if you wish.

Paul Toscino Feb 4 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry to read in the paper today that Jane has passed away. I know that you all will miss her greatly. She was such a wonderful lady.

Jack DeMers Feb 4 2019 12:00 AM