16300 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
Phone: 313-881-8500
Fax: 313-881-7653
Nancy McCaffrey

Nancy Spruell McCaffrey

Sunday, May 17th, 1936 - Monday, January 7th, 2019
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A Life Of Giving - Grosse Pointe Farms resident Nancy McCaffrey passed away peacefully, and in the presence of loved ones, on January 7, 2019 at the age of 82. She was born Nancy Claiborne Spruell on May 17, 1936 to Martha Lucille Claiborne and Dr. Hugh Spruell in Memphis, Tennessee. She grew up in Memphis and Russellville, Alabama with her siblings Martha, Hugh and Andrea; graduated from the University of Alabama; earned her Masters Degree from Michigan State University; married West Pointer William James McCaffrey in 1959 and raised four children. After 20 years of military service, including 15 residences both domestic and abroad, the family settled in Grosse Pointe Farms.

As a lifelong educator, Nancy taught at Dominican High School and 24 years at Oakland Community College. Her life of personal sacrifice and volunteerism included membership in the Bon Secours Assistance League and Meals on Wheels. She was a devout catholic, a bridge Life Master and enjoyed ballroom dancing and gardening. She spent precious moments later in life with her extended family, in particular hosting sleepovers with her grandchildren, taking them to the park and teaching them how to lose graciously at cards, checkers and board games.

Nancy is survived by her sons Bill (Patti) and Mike (Tricia), daughters Celia (Chris) Schmidt, Michelle (Pat) Bresser and by her grandchildren Keegan and Kendall McCaffrey, Keely, Quinn and Owen McCaffrey; Christopher, Casey and Cole Schmidt, Kelsey, Patrick and Brendan Bresser; step grandchildren Ashley Arena, Kelsey Rupley, and Ashley Schmidt. She was predeceased by her former husband of 33 years.

She will lie instate at 11:30 AM at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church on 21620 Greater Mack, St Clair Shores, MI, at until her funeral Mass at Noon on Saturday the 12th of January.

Visitation will be at Chas. Verheyden Inc. at 16300 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Park on Friday the 11th of January from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with scriptures and words from family and friends at 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to “Full Circle Foundation” a special needs educational program at 17006 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230, https://fullcirclefdn.org/donate/
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Service Details

  • First Visitation

    Friday, January 11th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 11th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Chas. Verheyden, Inc.
    Address
    16300 Mack Avenue
    Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan 48230
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    A scripture and words from family and friends at 7:00 PM
  • Mass

    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
    Address
    22412 Overlake St.
    St. Clair Shores, Michigan 48080
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    Instate at 11:30 AM until the time of the funeral Mass 12 Noon

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Jeff Fraunhoffer

Posted at 07:18pm
Oh My... I just saw this and I am so sorry about this very sad news. I am so sorry to never have any more great dances with Nancy. That Gal rocked! It was such a pleasure to see her at the Amber house, chat chat chat, and have awesome dances with her. Again, I am so saddened! Our deepest condolences go out to her family and friends. eff Fraunhoffer & Family
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Andrew Strait

Posted at 08:28am
In memory of Nancy McCaffrey. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
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MISS SMITH

Posted at 09:47am
DEAR MCCAFFREY FAMILY, TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING NANCY HAS THE HOPE OF LIVING AGAIN IN A PARADISE ON EARTH WHEN THERE WILL BE NO MORE CRIME, SICKNESS OR DEATH- ONLY PEACE, RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PERFECT HEALTH! JEHOVAH THE " GOD OF ALL COMFORT" PROMISE US THIS. JOHN 5: 28-29, PSALM 37:9-11, 2 COR 1:3-4
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Mechelle Smith

Posted at 08:53pm
My condolences to Michelle and family. Nancy (My trooper) is going be missed. Nana was a very nice lady. Love, Mechelle, Kelsey’s caregiver....❤️
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Requelle Smith

Posted at 07:36pm
My condolences to the family or Nancy AKA NaNa. I'm Requelle Smith her granddaughter Kesley's caregiver.....she was a very sweet lady. RIH....
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