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Ruth (Heffelfinger) DELANEY

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Ruth (Heffelfinger) DELANEY Obituary
Ruth (Buffy) Heffelfinger Delaney was born in Minneapolis on July 8, 1935 to parents George Heffelfinger and Ruth Jones Heffelfinger. She is survived by husband David Joseph Delaney; brothers George and Totton Heffelfinger and sister Louise Heffelfinger; children Lucia Delaney, Louise Wahl, David Delaney Jr. and Deborah Christakos; sons-in-law Mark Wittig and John Christakos, and daughter-in-law Francine Delaney. Buffy spent time growing up at her father's fishing cabin in Minaki, Ontario, and at her grandparents' estate, Highcroft, in Wayzata, which was very dear to her. She attended Northrop School in Minneapolis, Westover School in CT, Vassar College in NY, and art school in San Francisco. Buffy married David Joseph Delaney in Wayzata in 1961, and raised four children on Lake Minnetonka, in Excelsior. The family enjoyed spending time together on ski vacations, golfing in Sea Island, GA and at the Delaney's home in John's Island, FL. Buffy had numerous passions and was modest about her accomplishments. She loved Asian art and antiques and was a founding member of the Gold Mine Antique Shop in Wayzata, where she had many friends. She was an expert in the art of Bonsai, winning numerous blue ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair. She was an avid gardener and flower arranger and served as a trustee for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. She was a lifelong member of Woodhill Country Club in Wayzata, where she loved to play golf. Buffy died at home on Sunday January 13, 2013 in Wayzata at age 77 after several years of suffering from Alzheimer's disease. She was a loving mother who allowed numerous and strange pets in the house and forgave her children all the headaches they caused her. She loved her grandchildren, Madeline, Nick and George Wahl, Joe and Michael Delaney, and Charlie, Will, Jane and Johnny Christakos, and they loved her back. Her affection for her husband was evident even when other memories had faded for Buffy. A Memorial Service will be held at Lakewood Memorial Chapel, 36th and Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis on Saturday, January 19th, at 10:00 am, with a reception immediately following at Woodhill Country Club. Memorials preferred to Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN 55318 952.443.1400 David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577 www.davidleefuneralhome.com

Published in Pioneer Press from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2013
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