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7/18/2014 1:19:00 PM
Norma Jean "Susie" McCafferty
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“Susie” McCafferty passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Memorial Hospice.

She was the youngest of eight children born to Frank and Minnie Stahr near Pawnee, Illinois. 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, 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.

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.

She is survived by her husband, “Bud”; two daughters, Rev. Kathy McCafferty and Sally (Jon) Schwartz; 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, Lucas and Chloe McCafferty. There are three great-grandchildren; Dakota Ryherd, Riley and Carly Getz. Susie was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers – Henry, John, and Earnest; and four sisters – Jessie Maddison and Alice Griffin, both of Rochester; Edna Austin and Ivadell Austin.

Visitation will be held Sunday, July 20 from 4:00 – 7:00 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. Please visit their online obituaries at

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