Geraldine Anne “Jerie” McCafferty
January 24, 1948 - April 4, 2020
On Saturday, April 4, 2020, Geraldine Anne “Jerie” McCafferty, devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away in her home in Bear, Delaware, at the age of 72. Jerie passed peacefully in her sleep after a ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Born in Chester, PA on January 24, 1948, she was a daughter of the late Clarence “Gunk” and Constance “Connie” Phillips. She met her high school sweetheart, Jack McCafferty, in home room at Chichester High School in 1963 and the two were married on August 17, 1968 at Holy Saviour Church in Linwood, PA. After many years of trying to have children, Jack and Jerie were blessed with two daughters, Melissa (1984) and Lauren (1985), who were born only eleven months apart, making them Irish twins.
Jerie’s life centered around her loving husband and her two daughters. Many people remember their conversations with Jerie being focused on her girls. Jerie would tell anyone who was willing to listen, including the cashier at the grocery store, about her girls and their accomplishments.
Jerie loved spending time with her family and hosting family holidays and get-togethers. She was a devoted and loving daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, and friend. Jerie always put her loved ones’ needs before her own and would do anything for her family. She is best known for her kindness, generosity, and big heart.
Jerie was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in July 2010, at the age of 62. She battled the disease with beauty, grace, dignity, and strength, never losing her sweet nature or her caring heart. Jerie was also a breast cancer survivor.
Left to carry on her legacy is her husband, Jack; her daughters, Melissa Auger (Ryan) and Lauren Dykovitz (Steve); her beautiful granddaughters, Charlotte and Millie Auger; her sister, Diane Cellinesi; her brother, Jeffrey Phillips; her sister-in-law, Elaine Gray; and many other loving family members.
The immediate funeral services and burial will be private. The family plans to hold a larger memorial service at a later date, which has yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerie’s memory to a charity of your choice.