Obituary for Carole J. McCafferty
McCAFFERTY, Carole Jean (Alverson) was born December 15, 1940 in Adrian, Michigan. She died on February 26 from complications from cancer. Carole grew up in Clayton, Michigan and graduated from Hudson High School. She married the love of her life, Dennis McCafferty, on May 30, 1960. Their marriage was filled with more than a half century of an overwhelming love that impacted and inspired everyone they encountered. The relationship between Carole and Dennis was a magical thing; they never seemed to take their love for granted. They spent more than 22,000 days together and still managed to have something to talk about.
Carole and Dennis’s family include three daughters and a son: Mary McCafferty Douglass, her daughters Molly and Kate; Michelle McCafferty Lancaster, her husband Mark, and their children Tom and Maggie Lancaster and Katie (Mike) Wilson; Marsha McCafferty Aker, her husband Dan, their children Ashleigh (Adam) Bressler, Tyler (Jen) Aker, Tayler (Nate) Johnson; and Mike McCafferty, his wife Karen, and their children Ryan and Kelly. Carole was infatuated with her great grandchildren, Brant and Brynleigh Bressler and Lucy and Molly Wilson who made her eyes sparkle and brought constant joy to her life. She was close with her sisters, Kay Johnson and Sue Lenz and her brother, Ed Alverson. She was predeceased by parents, Willard and Mary Ellen (Fitzpatrick) Alverson, and many close friends.
Carole worked at Carroll’s Shoes for years, and volunteered at the hospital gift shop when she retired. She had a passion for connecting with people, and her family and friends benefited from her willingness to drop whatever she was doing to spend time with them. Her generous spirit will be remembered by everyone, from her family and close friends, to the people she encountered in her daily life. She loved laughing with friends, and making sure that everyone who met her was better off for doing so. She was looking forward to the wedding of her oldest grandson, Tom Lancaster and his fiancé Courtney on March 3.
Carole was a wife, a mother, a friend, and a grandmother like no other. She had the ability to make each person in the room feel like they were the most important, and had her undivided attention. Each of her nine grandchildren know in their hearts that they are her “favorite.” Her pride in her children and grandchildren was unconditional and she was a champion for everyone she loved. Her laughter and her smile were contagious and infectious. She will be remembered daily and missed greatly.
The funeral will take place Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater with Pastor Dave Pierce from the First Baptist Church officiating. The committal will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, March 6, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dutcher Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to CHC Volunteers or the CHC Cancer Center. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.dutcherfh.com.