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ANDOVER, MA : Sophia "Midge" Korzeb Caffray was born in Queens, N.Y., on November 4, 1921. Her parents Rose and Ludwig Korzeb, who emigrated from their native Poland, raised eight children. Sophia was an accomplished secretary, and worked in New York City at Dupont Corporation. When World War II was declared, she felt very patriotic and enlisted in the WAVES – the female branch of the US Navy. Her basic training was in Oklahoma, and she was subsequently stationed at a military base in Miami Beach, where she achieved the rank of Yeoman First Class.

She married William E. Caffray, a lieutenant in the Army Air Force, at the end of the war. Sophia "Midge" and Bill settled in North Andover, where they raised two daughters, Janice and Linda. Sophia was a stay-at-home mom, who was very active in the community. She was a founding member of the Andona Society, a member of the North Andover Women’s Club, a volunteer with the Eagle Tribune Santa Fund, a tutor at the International Institute, and a member of Indian Ridge Country Club, where she played golf until her late 80s. Sophia also enjoyed knitting, sewing, and Tole painting.

Midge and Bill enjoyed taking Linda and Janice on family vacations to New York City, California, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. Favorite weekend getaways included Ogunquit, Maine, and Provincetown, Mass. The family also spent time at their vacation home on Big Island Pond in Derry, N.H.

Midge was an avid bridge player and had a group of four ladies who played regularly for 40 years. Midge and Bill also enjoyed having friends to their house for games of 45s.

Midge adored her four grandchildren, Kristen, KC, Melissa, and Lauren, who have many fond memories of sleepovers at her home in Andover.

She was predeceased by her husband, William; and daughter, Janice. She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Linda Carpenter Ardito and her husband, Larry; two sisters, Anna and Eleanor; her four grandchildren; and her five great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to St. Michael Parish in North Andover or the American Textile History Museum in Lowell. At the request of the family, there are no calling hours.

Private services will be held at the Mary Immaculate Mausoleum, under the direction of Conte Funeral Homes. To leave condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on  July 5, 2015
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