By | January 7, 2022


CAFFREY, Patricia (Pettinelli) Died on December 28, 2021 at her residence in Millis, MA with her family by her side. She was born in Quincy, MA on March 11, 1946, the daughter of Dante and Mary (Doyle) Pettinelli. Patricia was a graduate of Archbishop Williams High School and Framingham State College. She also earned a Master’s degree in Education from Fitchburg State College. She was a dedicated and enthusiastic educator who taught incarcerated students for the Massachusetts Department of Correction where she also engendered a supportive, collegial environment for her peers for many years until her retirement in 2006.

She leaves behind her loving husband Joseph after 55 years of marriage. They met in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they made many treasured memories with Leonard and Marie Valdes and their extensive family, and the College of Santa Fe “boys”. She is survived by her daughters Tara Caffrey and Eileen Caffrey and husband Alex Levine.

She was a devoted grandmother to Lily Caffrey-Levine and passionately supported all her endeavors, attending her many performances, cheering on the sidelines, and reading and sharing her various works. While she delighted in partaking in the big moments, she also revelled in the small ones, picking Lily up from school, taking her to the movies, spending the afternoon at the nail salon together, and watching her in the kitchen cooking with papa. Loving sister to brother Damien Pettinelli, sister-in-law to Carole Pettinelli, and predeceased by brother John Pettinelli, she also leaves behind a large and loving family of many many cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Patricia made sure to keep in touch with the Pettinelli, Faiella, and Doyle cousins throughout her life, often captivating them with her knowledge of the many branches of the family tree. She considered herself privileged to be a part of such a special family.

She was a wordsmith, writing over one hundred poems to celebrate friends and family, and commemorate milestones. An avid reader, she shared her love of books with the many children in her life, meticulously curating selections for them. Patricia had a sharp mind and sophisticated wit. She was a great storyteller and enjoyed a good conversation and laugh with her many long time friends, known by such monikers as the Quincy Girls, the Millis Girls and the Pine Tree League. She will be deeply missed and always remembered by all those with whom she connected. A Celebration of Patricia’s life will be held at a future date.