NAPLES, FLA. – Josephine Fratino, who passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at The Carlisle Senior Living Center, Naples, FL..
Affectionately known by all who loved her as “Jo,” Josephine was born on Oct. 22, 1928, in Youngstown, Ohio (Mahoning County) the daughter of Gino and Desolina Pannunzio.
She attended East High School and met her husband, Louis Fratino, when she was 14 years old at a high school football game.
The couple was married on Sept. 15, 1945, at the Immaculate Heart Parish in Youngstown, Ohio. They celebrated 54 years together until Louis passed away in 1999.
Josephine spent her life as a homemaker on Medford Avenue in Brownlee Woods.
Her memory will be forever cherished by her daughters, Janet (Michael) Vogel of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Naples, and Karen (Paul) Pezzenti of Cincinnati; her three granddaughters, Juliet (Adolfo) Laurenti of Chicago, Jessica (Evan) Petrus of Boston, and Natalie (Justin) Shawver of Cincinnati; and her great-grandson, Amedeo Laurenti of Chicago.
Josephine is also survived by loving nieces, nephews and in-laws, Delight Pannunzio of Youngstown, Angie Mihalko of Endicott, N.Y., Rose Vinson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Rosemarie Fratino of Charleston, W.Va., and Paola and Raymond Fratino of Monterey Park, Calif.; as well as many friends.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Nick Pannunzio and Teresa Grantz.
Josephine’s loving personality, gentle spirit and thoughtfulness of others will always be remembered, as well as her notorious lemon meringue pie, Italian pizzelles and delicious cooking and baking.
“Though our hearts may break to not have her with us, we know she is humming the tune of her favorite song, “Smile,” to remind us that ‘when there are clouds in the sky you’ll get by if you just smile.’”
Calling hours will be on Friday, July 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Clemente Funeral Home,
prayer service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home, and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at the Christ Our Savior Parish at St. Nicholas Church, both in Struthers, Ohio
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