- November 5, 1930 - December 27, 2012
- Melrose, Massachusetts
of Leona 's Passing
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I'll miss you terribley; our visits together were always a joy. The laughter from you, Mom, Uncle Gene, Aunt Sis, and Uncle Jimmy will...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Joanne L Bluhm Stratton - VA
“Leona was a sweet, kind, loving woman who was a joy to be around. She will be missed with her infectious smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Donna and Jack Morse - Milton, NH
“The video is such a loving tribute to a wonderful, gentle lady and her family which she loves dearly...now from heaven. Sr. Mary
3 of 20 | Posted by: Sr. Mary Samson
“Nana you were the best grandmother any one could ask for the kindest most loving understanding person I've ever come in contact with now is your time...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: kevin McCaffrey - N.Andover, MA
“RIP Nana Leona. You were a wonderful person and will truely be missed. Love you always. xoxo Love Kevin, Nicole, Jaden and Aria
5 of 20 | Posted by: Nicole Monico - North Andover, MA
I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She will truly be missed, especially at St. Mary's School where she helped out. My daughter...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Camille McMahon & Family - MA
So sorry to hear of your passing. You were one of the kindest people I have known. May you rest in peace.
7 of 20 | Posted by: Teresa Enos
We were so lucky to have gotten to spend so much time with you over the past month. To have you a part of my childrens life was something I...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Leanne - Windsor, VT
“So sorry to hear of Leona's passing. She was a beautiful lady with a heart of gold and an amazing love of children. Our family was blessed to have...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Lynette DeLucia - Melrose, MA
“Nana i miss you more than i can say with words. I know you are in a better place.you will be loved and missed by all of us,i love you nana.
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10 of 20 | Posted by: Ralph Thomas McCaffrey - MA
“Dear Janice, Karen, Ralph, Tisha, Rita and Marty
I can not express my sorrow at the passing of Auntie Leona, it feels like losing my mother all...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Boucher - Tewksbury, MA
“Janice, Karen, Ralph, Tisha, Marty & Rita...I have so many memories of your Mom and my Mom being silly together sharing memories of growing-up in...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Tish (Wilson) Billings - VA
“Leona was a truly beloved person by so many. I will miss her smile and her wit. She was one of the first people I met when I began working at...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Joan Downing - Lynnfield, MA
“You were always so kind, witty and such a pleasure to spend time with.May you rest in peace eternally. I am forever grateful for your generosity at...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Joelle Pannesi - Medford, MA
“Sending you our deepest sympathy with lots of hugs and strength, Leona will be dearly missed.
15 of 20 | Posted by: April and David Rau - Barrington, NH
“Nana you were the best grandmother anyone could ask for the sweetest person on earth I've never seen you mad a day in life may you reunite with pa ...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: kevin mccaffrey - n.andover, MA
“Janice, Karen, Ralph, Tish, Marty and Rita
My heart is breaking for each one of you. Your Mom was a wonderful lady.
I know you have wonderful...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Candy (Kelly) McGrath - Ocala, FL
My heart is broken to think we will not get to share any more special lunch dates. We had so many laughs and so much fun.
I loved your...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Candy (Kelly) McGrath - Ocala, FL
“A dear and classy lady with a winning smile and always a kind word...Leona I will miss you....
19 of 20 | Posted by: maureen mccarthy - hudson, NH
“Aunt Leona, We (The Kelly Kids) will miss you so much. We will miss your warmth, your friendliness, your honesty. Your McCaffery/Kelly Spirit will...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Jimmy Kelly - Charlestown, MA
Mrs. Leona G. (Kelly) McCaffrey, a resident of Melrose, passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, at the age of 82.
Mrs. McCaffrey was born in Boston on November 5, 1930, a daughter of the late William Kelly and Leona (Peterson) Kelly. She was raised and educated in Charlestown and lived in Melrose for the last 35 years. For many years she worked as a waitress at the Donut Shoppe in downtown Melrose and later, at Cappa's Trackside Kitchen. She was a longtime devoted parishioner of St. Mary's Church where she was a member of the Ladies Sodality and worked as an aide at the pre-k/k classes through the Foster Grandparents - which she really loved doing for 5 or 6 years. She was a devoted mother to six children and cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be missed.
Leona was the beloved wife of the late Ralph T. McCaffrey with whom she shared 41 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Janice A. Goehring and her husband Bill of San Diego, CA, Karen L. Barrows and her husband Lou of Melrose, Ralph M. MCaffrey of Daytona, FL, Patricia L. Jillson and her husband Damon of Hartford, VT, Martin K. McCaffrey and his wife Kai of Norwich, CT and Rita F. Hickey and her husband James of Plaistow, NH. Dear sister of Eugene Kelly of Abington and the late Muriel Wilson, Lois Bluhm and James Kelly. Cherished nana of Louis, Jennifer, Daniel, Stephanie, Matthew, Ralph, Kevin, Christine, Lori Ann, Damon, Brian, Leanne, Ronnie, Saangphet, Boun-tai, Joseph, Jaime, Christopher and Jonathan. Also survived by 28 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends will honor and remember Leona's life by gathering for visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Sunday from 2-6 PM and again on Monday morning at 9 AM before leaving in procession to St. Mary's Church, Herbert St., Melrose, where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM. Interment in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.