MONTOURSVILLE - Mary Alice Ann Caffrey, 88, formerly of Williamsport, passed away Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Valley View Rehab & Nursing Center following a long decline precipitated by the ravages of dementia.
Born on November 17, 1931 in Wilkes-Barre, Mary Alice was the daughter of Peter F. Goobic and Mary E. (Kilgaski) Goobic. A graduate of Memorial High School in Plains, Mary Alice started dating Charles Caffrey on the day the Korean War broke out in 1950. They were wed on July 2, 1953 and together celebrated 64 years of marriage until Charles’ death in January 2018.
Mary Alice was the apple of her father’s eye, and during her childhood enjoyed spending summers at the family lake cottage in Falls, Luzerne County. Following high school graduation Mrs. Caffrey spent two years attending business school and after her marriage moved to our Nation’s Capital where she worked at the Pentagon. Charles and Mary “A”, as he affectionately called her, had a strong desire for children, and two boys would arrive, 11 months apart. From that point on Mary Alice devoted herself to homemaking and child-rearing.
Mary Alice was extremely talented in the kitchen and took great enjoyment in traveling with Charles and her boys. Her favorite destinations were Nantucket and Hawaii. Her greatest love, however was for her home in the Vallamont Hills section of Williamsport where she spent the last half century of her life. Mrs. Caffrey was a 53 year member of St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church.
She is survived by two sons, Brian C. (Angelique) Caffrey of Mechanicsburg and Michael C. (Tamara) Caffrey of Lancaster; three grandchildren, Dr. Alayna Katherine (Scotty) Caffrey-Carr of Aurora, CO, Anthony Michael Caffrey II of Takoma Park, MD and Patrick H. Caffrey of Mechanicsburg, PA.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Mary Alice was pre-deceased by her sister Anna Marie “Nancy” Davy.
There will be a public visitation from 6-8 p.m. Monday, December 16, 2019 at the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 W. Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Boulevard, Williamsport with Father Bill Corcoran officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Mary Alice’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association @ act.alz.org, or to their home office at 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
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