Lillian E. Haeffner, 95, dressmakerLillian E. Haeffner...

April 13, 1997

Lillian E. Haeffner, 95, dressmaker

Lillian E. Haeffner, who was a dressmaker for half a century, died of heart failure Thursday at a daughter's home in Frederick. She was 95.

Born Lillian Wenzel-Schmidtchen in New York City, she came to Baltimore with her family and lived in the Irvington area of Southwest Baltimore, where she attended a German-English school on Pulaski Street until sixth grade.

At 12, she began working in the Howard County household of the family of former Maryland Gov. Edwin Warfield, as a companion to his grandchildren. She left that job at 16 to become a dressmaker, a trade in which she continued for 50 years in her home in the 3000 block of Brendan Ave. in Northeast Baltimore.

In 1931 she married Lawrence Haeffner, and they raised three children. He died in 1986. For the past three years, Mrs. Haeffner lived in Frederick with her daughter Carolyn "Patti" Hauer.

Also surviving are another daughter, Dorothy I. Burke of Bel Air; a son, Joseph A. Haeffner of Towson; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Shrine of the Little Flower Roman Catholic Church, at Belair Road and Brendan Avenue.

Pub Date: 4/13/97

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