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March 12, 2019
From bartley: to all who knew Josie nee Bartoli Raguso March 12th, 2019

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Catholic Hymn Salve Regina, c. 1080

I am sorry to report that Josie Raguso, my Mother, has passed from this vale of tears,
but that she went peacefully and purposefully from this life,
just as she had lived her life, with single-minded devotion to higher principles,
confident that she had given all she had to give to those around her.
Her focus and intensity burned brightly not briefly, but for her entire life,
and her joie de vivre lighted and lightened the way for everyone around her.
Others may disagree with how I see her, but everyone has a different take on
this matrix we call life. I see a lot of very spiritual aspects to her character, although
she never purported to be religious'. She will always reside in my heart as a woman
who denigrated easy explanations of deity, but actually lived every minute of her life
as if she knew that this life was but a test of her faith and spirit and character, for she always
acted as if there was a higher power she was accountable to.
Thus, there are those who deny God but still live lives bursting with the vitality that God
planted in us, somehow realizing that living life to the fullest demanded her full engagement,
but did not require that she should accept any other human person's explanation of who God is.
I have known artists who painted gorgeous works of art and still described themselves as non-believers, but the irony is that they are really obeying God's law more fully than some believers who do not
behave lovingly toward their fellow creatures and never allow the joy of life itself to radiate outward
to all others as fully as Josie Bartoli Raguso did her entire life.

I am also sorry that the venue of the internet is how we are communicating all these things,
for it is a poor substitute for real life and face to face contact. It is what we have to work with right now, and it will have to suffice for the moment.
Josie's family will be hosting a gathering in New York this summer for those able to attend, and I deeply apologize to all those who would attend if distance was not an impediment.
The only positive aspect to posting messages online is that they may be kept there for some period of time and serve notice of some sort that we are joined together in our sadness for her passing, and also joined together in our mutual admiration for one who lived a vibrant life, with honesty, and courage.
God bless all of her friends who have shared their condolences with me, and perhaps knew her even longer than I knew her. Thank you all for the love and kindness that you have expressed.
Finally, as Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg Address, But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. We can only go forward in the same Spirit Josie modeled for us, knowing that her real legacy, is the example of her kindness, her caring, and her joy in living life.
March 11, 2019
for those wishing to contact the raguso family, for any reason, or to be put on the mailing announcement for the memorial service this summer, feel free to email bart - [email protected]

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