Josephine R. Caffery, 96, of South Williamsport, Pa., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at the Tate House Hospice, Linthicum, Md.
She was born on March 4, 1917, at Kulpmont, Pa. She was the daughter of the late Dominic and Laura (Colicchio) Benedetto.
Josephine was a member and communicant of the St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church, South Williamsport. She was also a member of the altar and rosary society of the church and a lay reader of the congregation. She had taught CCD courses and was also a member of the bereavement committee. She was also a member of the Lycoming Tioga Deanery, the Diocesan Councils of Catholic Women, and a member of the National Council of Catholic Women.
Josephine was a graduate of the 1935 class of the Kulpmont High School. She had attended all of her class reunions except for the 2011 and 2012 reunions. She was a graduate of the 1940 class of what is now Bloomsburg University. She also studied Russian linguistics at Lycoming College.
Josephine was a long term substitute for the South Williamsport Area School District and was a sixth grade teacher at the former Saint Boniface Elementary School. She also taught ninth grade at the former Saint Mary's Junior High School in Williamsport. She also was a teacher at the former Bishop Newman High School where she was responsible for teaching French, Spanish, Latin, English, and Social Studies. Josephine was also the former freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior class sponsor.
She and her late husband, John Caffery, were married on Sept. 16, 1946. Together they shared 60 years of marriage.
Josephine is survived by her daughter, Margaret M. (Robert B.) Nichols, of Linthicum, Md.; her son, James R. (Robin) Caffery, of Mesa, Ariz.; and one grand daughter, Melissa E. (Nathan) Gilbert, of Haymarket, Va.; and two great grandchildren, Coleman Gilbert and Lyla Gilbert, of Haymarket, Va.
In addition to her late husband and parents she was preceded in death by her four brothers John, Mike, Tony, and Nick, and her two sisters, Minnie and Teresa.
Funeral services and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church, 812 W. Central Ave., South Williamsport, on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at 10:00 am with Msgr. Stephen D. McGough officiating. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville, PA.
Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation at the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, South Williamsport, Pa. on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m.
The family will provide floral tributes and kindly request that contributions in memory of Josephine R. Caffery be made, if so desired, to the St. John Newman Regional Academy, 901 Penn Street, Williamsport, Pa. 17701 or to Saint Lawrence Roman Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, 17701.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 E. Central Ave., South Williamsport, PA 17702 www.charlesmnollfuneralhome.com