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Venerando “Van” John Caffi


Venerando “Van” John Caffi, age 81, died on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 at Peninsula Regional Hospital in Salisbury.  

Born in Washington, D.C. he was the son of the late Horace Caffi and Julia Sophie Koziol Caffi.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Peggy Joyce Caffi. Also surviving is a daughter, Theresa Christine Carlile and her husband Tom of Kettle Farms, Wash.; a son, Stephan Paul Caffi and wife Heather of Wheaton, Md., daughter Carol Elizabeth Phelps and her husband, John, of Rockville; daughter Laura Lee Smith and her husband, Bruce, of Nanticoke, Md.; two sisters, Angela Caffi Kozikowski of Groton, Conn.; Genevieve Holt of Landover, Md., eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a grandson.  

Van had been an airplane mechanic during his tour in the U.S. Air Force.  He was the owner/operator of Van’s Mobil Service in Silver Spring, Md. as well as president of Van’s Marine Service, Inc., in Berlin.  He had been a member, cantor, choir member, CCD teacher and usher at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Berlin, a member of the Ocean City Power Squadron and Ocean City Knights of Columbus.  

A Memorial service was held on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Holy Savior Catholic Church, 17th Street and Philadelphia Ave. in Ocean City. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Van’s name to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, Ma., 01202 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oka., 73123-1718.  s of condolence may be sent to the family at  Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.  

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