Kara Jean Traffie, 56, of New Ipswich, NH died peacefully at home on February 17, 2022 after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on August 5, 1965 in Peterborough, NH, the daughter of Theodore Seppala and Shirley (Somero) Seppala. She was raised in Ashby, MA, a graduate of Monty Tech Class of 1983. She went on to become an LNA, worked for a printing company, and then as secretary and bookkeeper for multiple businesses, including her brother’s roofing business.
After her children were all school age, she enjoyed working as an aide in the New Ipswich schools. On August 29, 1992 she married the love of her life, Carl Traffie, also of Ashby, MA. They moved to New Ipswich and have resided there ever since raising their family. Kara’s pride and joy were her children and her grand babies too, who called her Nana. She will be remembered by all, for her big smile and bubbly personality that she kept even till her last days.
She loved cooking and baking, and was known for her Mrs. Field’s chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon rolls. She loved the ocean, and especially her family’s annual Cape Cod trips.
The most important part of Kara’s life though, was her relationship with her Lord. She leaned on Him through the joys and the hardships of her life, and encouraged her family to do the same.
Kara is survived by her husband of 29 years, Carl Traffie of New Ipswich, NH and her 8 children: Shirley (Jacob) Ketola and their children, Grace and Winston of Pensacola, FL, Naaman (Rebecca) Traffie and their son Axton of New Ipswich, NH, Kylee (Josh) Karon and their daughter Liliah of Landrum, SC, Seija (Maxwell) Hagman and their daughter Vera of Rindge, NH, Kelden Traffie of New Ipswich, NH, Davin Traffie of New Ipswich, NH, Kenton Traffie of New Ipswich, NH, and Sheena Traffie of New Ipswich, NH; Her father Theodore Seppala of Ashby, MA, her siblings: William (Janis) Seppala of New Ipswich, NH, Mark (Kathy) Seppala of Rindge, NH, Bradley (Tracy) Seppala of Rindge, NH, Cheryl (Paul) Matson of Battleground, WA, Richard Seppala of Jaffrey, NH, Tanya (Walter) Matson of Amboy, WA, Kent Seppala of Rindge, NH, Gordon (Kristina) Seppala of Ashby, MA, Deanna (Matthew) Olson of Rindge, NH, Walter (Susan) Seppala of Hazel, SD, Kristin (Paul) Seppanen of Vienna, SD, Mari (Stephen) Traffie of New Ipswich, NH, Peggy Seppala of Ashby, MA, Marty (Tara) Seppala of Hazel, SD, Steven (Stephanie) Seppala of Rindge, NH, as well as her sister in law Cherri Seppala, and many loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Seppala, her brother Gary “Sket” Seppala, and her sister-in-law Naomi Thomas.
Her brother Bradley Seppala followed her in death, in the early hours of February 18, 2022.
The viewing and funeral service will be Thursday, February 24, 2022 at the Apostolic Lutheran Church, 117 Goen Road, New Ipswich, NH. The viewing will be from 10:00am to 11:30am. The funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon. Burial will take place at the Smithville Cemetery in the spring.