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Genevieve McCaffrey

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WANTAGE - Genevieve (Jen) McCaffrey, 86, passed away July 3, 2014, at Deborah Heart & Lung Center in Browns Mills.

Jen was born Feb. 4, 1928, in Old Tappan to Ira and Irene (Post) Humphrey. It was there that she was raised by her father from age 4 until her marriage to her beloved Ennis ("Mac") McCaffrey in 1946. They lived in Union City where they raised their three children and vacationed in Atlantic County before eventually moving to Wantage where Jen resided for 51 years.

She enjoyed playing poker at the Vernon Senior Center twice a week, watching TV and the New York Yankees, reading and gardening. She cared about her pets and other animals that wandered through her yard, but Jen's greatest joy was her family and making each of them feel special and loved.

Jen is survived by her three children: Robert (Jeanne) McCaffrey of Manteo, N.C.; Marion LaSalle of Browns Mills; and Ennis (Rita) McCaffrey of Charlotte, N.C.; as well as four grandchildren: Virginia (Ed) Palmer of Dingmans Ferry, P.a.; Regina (Sean) Colgan of Woodcliff Lake; Robert McCaffrey of Charlotte, N.C.; and Sean (Hathaway) McCaffrey of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; seven great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Jen also is survived by brother-in-law Robert McCaffrey, of Illinois, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death in 1991 by her husband of 46 years, Ennis; her parents; and her 10 brothers and sisters and their spouses.

A private family memorial honoring Jen is planned. Services and inurnment are private and are under the direction of The Lankenau Funeral Home, Pemberton. Inurnment will be next to her husband at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown, North Hanover Township. Donations may be made in Jen's name to the Deborah Heart and Lung Center Foundation, 212 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015.

"A mother's love always brings your heart back home."

Published in The New Jersey Herald on July 8, 2014
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