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Norma Jean MCCAFFERTY Obituary

Norma Jean "Susie"


ROCHESTER, IL – Susie McCafferty passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Memorial Hospice.

She was the youngest of eight children born to Frank and Minnie Stahr near Pawnee, Ill. Susie was raised in and around Palmer/Morrisonville. She was a graduate of the Morrisonville High School Class of 1949, where she was actively involved. She later attended Brown's Business College in Springfield. She was employed by Mutual of Omaha Insurance Agency and later by Rochester Schools.

Susie married Orville "Bud" McCafferty, Jr., in February of 1952. They moved to Rochester from Springfield in 1960 and have been active in the community and Rochester United Methodist Church since then. In 2008, they were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Village of Rochester and awarded a Key to the City. Since her retirement, Susie has continued to be actively involved in church missions, volunteer projects, and rarely missed her kids'/grandkids' music, dance, church or athletic events.

Susie was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Henry, John and Earnest; four sisters, Jessie Maddison and Alice Griffin, both of Rochester, Edna Austin and Ivadell Austin.

She is survived by her husband, Bud; two daughters, Rev. Kathy McCafferty and Sally (Jon) Schwartz; and one son, David (Tish) McCafferty, all of Rochester. There are seven grandchildren: Jessica Robinson, Ben Robinson (wife, Amber), Tera Schwartz Ryherd, Whitney Schwartz Getz (husband, Corey), Adam Schwartz, and Lucas and Chloe McCafferty. There are three great-grandchildren: Dakota Ryherd, and Riley and Carly Getz.

She loved, and was loved, by countless family members: cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews. All who knew her were "family" to Susie. She will be remembered by all as a true and gentle spirit, reflecting the love of God in her daily life.

Thanks to all who ministered to her, encouraged and prayed for her in her final struggle.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to: Rochester United Methodist Women or Rochester Band Boosters.

Visitation will be held Sunday, July 20 from 4-7 p.m. at Rochester United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 21, at the church with Rev. Kathy Bueker Sweet officiating. Burial will follow at Rochester Cemetery.

Wilson Park Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Rochester, IL 62563, is in charge of arrangements. Visit her online obituary at

Published in The State Journal-Register from July 19 to July 20, 2014
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