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Claudia Lee Caffey

June 12, 1957 - September 2, 2018

Service Date: October 5, 2018

A Memorial Service is planned for 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 5, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1550 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa. A no-host reception will follow at Steele & Hops (former Copper Penny), 1901 Mendocino Avenue.

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Claudia Caffey, 61, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018, at Creekside Rehabilitation, her home for the past 11 years. Claudia was born June 12, 1957, to Bill and Nancy Caffey, who became aware of Claudia’s Down Syndrome in the weeks that followed. They vowed then to give her the best care available, which likely contributed to her longevity.

Claudia started school at age four and attended Dale Rogers (Oklahoma City) and Steven Irwin (Santa Rosa), and later had training through Manual Skills Training Center and Becoming Independent, which also provided employment for her. For several summers, Claudia enjoyed camp at Kamp Kennedy and later at Westminster Woods. She participated in Special Olympics (track, bowling, swimming, and gymnastics) and was honored to carry the torch for the Los Angeles Special Olympics, 1989. Her father owned and operated the Copper Penny Restaurant for 15 years.

Claudia was predeceased by her parents, Bill in 1996, Nancy in 2017. She is survived by her sister Michelle Welch Head (Dave); niece Cindi Garrisi (Andy) and their three children; nephew Brian Kropp (Tina); Aunts Cathy Murano, Virginia Hanley, Barb Caffey, and Barbara Caffey; and many cousins.

The family expresses: thanks to Dr. Tim Gieseke for many years of compassionate care; appreciation of the staff at Creekside Rehabilitation; indebtedness to Memorial Hospice for their attentiveness during recent weeks; and gratitude for the love and attention given her throughout the 50 years of membership at First Presbyterian Church.

A Memorial Service is planned for 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 5, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1550 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa. A no-host reception will follow at Steele & Hops (former Copper Penny), 1901 Mendocino Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Becoming Independent (1425 Corporate Center Parkway, Santa Rosa 95407) or Santa Rosa First Presbyterian Church.