Emogene “Jean” A. Gaffney
Emogene “Jean” A. Gaffney, age 86, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, April 24th, 2017. She was born in Norman, Oklahoma on October 9th, 1930, the daughter of Eugene and Agnes Meiser. At the age of 23, she married Airmen First Class James R. Gaffney on June 24th, 1954 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Norman, OK. Jean’s interests included gardening, sewing, quilting, and puzzles, but her greatest joy came from spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Jean is survived by her husband, Jim; daughter Rita Sims, sons Jim (Barbara), Pat (Nona), and Eugene (Kari Olson); grandchildren Cindy (Kerry) Blakeslee, Tony Gaffney, Jenna Gaffney, Kristine (Cody) Erickson, Ryan (Ashley) Gaffney, Sara (David) Whitt, Kari Gaffney (fiancee Steve Heideman); great-grandchildren Dillan Sims and Kylie Gaffney. Also survived by one brother Charles (Barbara) Meiser, a brother-in-law Marlin Elkins, and a sister-in-law Marcy Meiser. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Ernest Meiser, one sister Margaret Elkins, son William Gaffney, and grandson Frank Sims.
A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at the Ryan Funeral Home, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest. A visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Thank you to the staff at Agrace HospiceCare for their loving care of Jean. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Madison, WI or Agrace HospiceCare. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com
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