Eleanor Gaffney, 84

Homemaker, volunteer

September 09, 2007

Eleanor J. Gaffney, a homemaker and volunteer, died of heart failure Wednesday at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 84.

Eleanor Josephine Karl was born at her grandmother's Harford Road home, and was raised at her parents' East Preston Street rowhouse.

She was a 1941 graduate of Eastern High School and during World War II worked in the payroll office at Fort Holabird.

She was a longtime volunteer at what is now University of Maryland Medical Center.

Mrs. Gaffney, a longtime resident of Marx Avenue in Gardenville, enjoyed photography and was a world traveler.

"She had visited Poland, England, Hawaii, and traveled across Canada by railroad," said a son, Dr. William A. Gaffney of Baltimore.

Mrs. Gaffney was a member of the First Church of God on Sipple Avenue in Northeast Baltimore.

Mrs. Gaffney donated her body to the Maryland Anatomy Board. At her request, no services will be held.

Also surviving are two daughters, Janet A. Dunstan of New Providence, N.J., and Dr. Diane Gaffney-Deacon of Denton; and five grandchildren. Her marriage to Dr. William H. Gaffney Jr. ended in divorce.

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