Dora (Dede) Gillett Haefele of Skaneateles and Fabius, New York, passed away on April 24, 2020 at the age of 73.
Dede is predeceased by her birth parents, Mary Jane and John Gillett and her sister, Lora (Poppy) Hawkes. Dede was adopted and raised by her aunt and uncle, Doris and Ernie Crego in Skaneateles, New York.
Dede is survived by the love of her life, Basil Conway of Fabius, New York. They were together more than 30 years. Dede is lovingly remembered by her two children, John Gregory Haefele (Nashua, New Hampshire) and Laurie Belinda Haefele (Santa Monica, California). Dede also left a sister (Jan Brown) and three grandchildren (Ashly Dutton, Gregory Haefele and Sebastian Haefele) and one great granddaughter (Coraline Dutton).
Dede graduated from Skaneateles High School and Upstate Medical Center with an AS in math and science and a BS in medical technology. She worked at Community General Hospital and Lab Alliance of Central New York as supervisor of the lab for over 30 years. While at Community General Hospital, Dede entered her photography and won the “On My Own Time” multiple years in a row. These photographs have been exhibited at the Everson Museum in Syracuse New York.
Dede enjoyed being a member of the Cazenivia Red Hats, hiking, bowling and playing golf. Besides spending quality time with family and close friends, Dede’s greatest joy was traveling to see the world thru her camera lens. Dede shared her travel photos with her loved ones each year via a beautiful Christmas card.
There will be a private family burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Skaneateles and a celebration in Fabius New York sometime in the future. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Syracuse Rescue Mission alliance at 155 Gifford Street, Syracuse, New York 13202.
Dede was strong in faith, had a keen sense of humor and always rooted for the underdog. These traits made her a spectacular person to know.
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