Cleo T. Cafesjian, of Naples, Florida and Roseville, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, after bravely fighting without complaint, a prolonged illness.
Cleo was born to the late Harry and Margaret Thomas on October 9, 1925. Cleo was from Forty Fort. She graduated from Roosevelt Hospital Nursing School in New York City as a Registered Nurse. She met Gerard L. Cafesjian during World War II when she was a nurse and he was in the U.S. Navy. Cleo and Gerry were married after the war on July 4, 1947.
Cleo was a Registered Nurse, and was passionate about caring for the sick and needy. She was active with one of the earliest Meals on Wheels program in Minnesota in1961, and was tireless in her volunteer efforts well into her eighties.
An avid Bridge player and blessed with a mischievous sense of humor, Cleo was a uniquely kind, generous and loving soul who touched the hearts of everyone she met. With her red hair and blue eyes, she was strikingly beautiful in every sense, both inside and outside.
Cleo is survived by her husband, Gerard L. Cafesjian; her daughter Kathleen and son-in-law Jaff Baradaran; her son Thomas G. Cafesjian; her granddaughter Carrie, Carrie's husband Ben Jones; and her great-grandchildren, Sam, Eli and Jack Jones; and her brother George Thomas.
She was predeceased by her first child, Gerard L. Cafesjian, Jr., her sister Peggy Williams and her brother Harry Thomas.
No Memorial Service has been scheduled. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on line at: http://www.orran.am/payment to the Orran Home in Yerevan, Armenia, in her memory, an organization that cares for orphaned Armenian children, a cause close to Cleo's heart.
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 11, 2013