Jean M. Caffrey

September 26, 1940July 26, 2018

CAFFREY - Jean M. It is with great sadness that the family of Jean M. Caffrey announces her passing on July 25, 2018. Surrounded by family, Jean, a retired U.S. Air Force Captain and Vietnam War Nurse, passed away peacefully after a long, courageous battle with rheumatoid arthritis and a sudden heart complication. Jean was a loving sister, an aunt, grand-aunt and beloved friend to many. She’ll forever be remembered for her devotion to the Lord, strength and wit, which enabled her to find humor, despite her pain. Born on September 26, 1940, Jean graduated from Nardin Academy and the D’Youville College of Nursing, and received a Master’s in Education from Canisius College. She spent much of her career as a nursing instructor at the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, inspiring hundreds of future nurses. Jean is survived by her sister, Clare M. Schultz; she was the aunt of Robert (Krista) Schultz, Lorey Schultz (Thomas) Garlick, David Schultz, Jennifer (Albert) Russell and the grandaunt of Zac, Grace, Jacob, Hannah and Mari. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday, August 6, 2018 at St. Michael Church, located at 651 Washington St., in Buffalo.



  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, August 6, 2018


  • No Prior Visitation

Jean M. Caffrey

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Linda Spoonster Schwartz

September 1, 2018

I served with Jean at Tachikawa AFB Japan. The work was hard and she was always cheerful and focused on the wounded that came to our Hospital. I will always remember her with a smile. Our tour of duty was often 12 hour shifts 6-7 days a week. If I recall correctly, Jean worked most of the time in the ICU where the most severely injured patients were cared for. She was a great nurse and a great friend. My condolences to the family, take some comfort and pride in her service to our Nation during the Vietnam War..

Maureen Ray

August 7, 2018

Ifirst met Miss Caffrey at Millard Fillmore ss a nursing student. She was a great teacher and person. After I graduated we became friends and found out that we had the same High School alma mater. When I was going for my RN she became a mentor. I just happened to be in Buffalo this weekend and got the paper I was saddened to read of her passing and more sorry not to be able to get to the funeral. Well done good and faithful servant. Jean RIP.

Gail LoBuglio

August 5, 2018

I met "Miss Caffery" in 1976. She was as my pharmacology teacher at Millard. At first I was very intimidated by her presence. But I got to know her and never forgot her! She was an excellent teacher and I have thought about her over the years as I continued my nursing career! One memory I have. She took a group of us on a visit to a number of Catholic Churches on Holy Thursday. It was our day off and we still got together. All these years later I still remember that. It had nothing to do with nursing and everything to do with the kind of person she was. Rest In Peace "Miss Caffery".