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Tuffiash, Rae Lynne

South Whitehall, Twp.: Rae Lynne Tuffiash, 65, of South Whitehall Twp., died on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Twp. She was the wife of Dr. William Tuffiash. The couple shared 41 years of marriage together. Born in Rochester, NY, she was the daughter of the late Morris and Esther (Soran) Berger. She was a member of Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown. She was a respiratory therapist for several years in Syracuse, New York, where she met her husband. While working in the Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital she saved the life of the Chief of the Onondaga Indian Nation, the mother clan of the Iroquois Confederacy, and was made an honorary full blooded member of the Onondaga Tribe.

Rae was a member of the Lehigh County Medical Society Auxiliary where she helped with Meals on Wheels deliveries and the Mr. Yuk Poison Control program. She also chaired the Auxiliary's "Death and Dying Program" in 1980 and invited Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross as the main speaker. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother for Pack 28 of Nativity Lutheran Church in South Whitehall. She even drove for a newspaper drive collection during a snowstorm in her eighth month of pregnancy.

Survivors: Husband, Dr. William Tuffiash; Sons, Michael Tuffiash of Boulder, CO, and Scott Tuffiash and his wife Abigail of Pittsburgh and their children, Laila and Grace; Daughter, Marisa Cidam and her husband Atilla of Boston; Siblings, Paulette Geller of Orlando, FL, Alan Berger and his wife Gale of Rochester, NY, and Joseph Berger and his wife Kathi of Clifton Springs, NY; and Sister-in-Law, Miriam Berger. She was preceded in death by a brother, Yaacov Berger.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Congregation Keneseth Israel, 2227 W. Chew Street, Allentown. Interment to follow at Keneseth Israel Cemetery, Allentown. Arrangements by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Allentown.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lehigh Valley Hospital (In Memo, Friends of Nursing at LVH) Attn: Development Office, 2100 Mack Blvd, P.O. Box 4000, Allentown PA 18105-4000 or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association of America, P.O. Box 502, 99 Cherry St., Milford CT 06460

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Apr. 30, 2014
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