Patricia deLearie Haufler, 91, a resident of the Wake Robin Continuing Care Community, died in Shelburne on 5 June 2016.
She was born on 3 January 1925 in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, the daughter of George and Grace (Pruschen) deLearie, and grew up in Westfield, Massachusetts. She graduated from Westfield High School in 1941 and from Middlebury College in 1945 with a B.A. degree in English Literature. Mrs. Haufler became a public relations copywriter for the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York and then Manager of Advertising and Public Relations for the Melville Radio Institute in New York City.
Returning to Schenectady on her marriage to J. Hervie Haufler in 1947, she received her Master’s in Education from Union College and subsequently completed her Sixth Year in Special Education at Connecticut State College. She taught learning-disabled children in the Wilton, Connecticut public schools for 14 years.
In 1980 she and her husband founded Haufler Associates Inc., a communications consulting firm serving a wide range of clients in Connecticut and New York. She retired in 1989 and became a full-time resident of the Eastman four –season recreation community in Grantham, NH. At Eastman she served in many capacities before she was elected for the first of her two three-year terms on the Board of Directors and became Vice President and then President, the first woman to hold these positions. As Eastman’s top official in 1994 when the community center and restaurant burned to the ground, she organized and led the committee that oversaw the planning and construction of the new Center at Eastman.
Mrs. Haufler continued her interest in young people by serving as a volunteer in the Grantham Village School’s Readers and Listeners program and later in Shelburne, volunteering in the public schools.
In 2001, she and her husband moved to Wake Robin where she served on various committees and ultimately as President of the Wake Robin Residents Association. While president and afterwards, she established and led the Linden Support Committee, dedicated to strengthening the interchange between residents in independent living and those in residential care and skilled nursing.
In addition to her husband of 68 years, Mrs. Haufler is survived by two sons: Dr. Christopher H. Haufler and his wife Marsha, of Lawrence, Kansas; and Dr. Jonathan B. Haufler and his wife Carolyn Mehl of Seeley Lake, MT.
Donations in Mrs. Haufler’s name to the Vermont Food Bank or the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity are welcome.
There will be no immediate services. A memorial service will be held at a later date.