Marick, Josephine DeBortoli
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79, of Chandler Arizona, passed away to be with our Lord on November 21, 2013. She was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming on June 3, 1934 to the late Victoria and Antonio DeBortoli. She attended Superior Wyoming schools and later graduated from Rock Springs Wyoming High School in 1952. She went on to graduate from St. Josephs School of Nursing in Denver, Colorado. She spent her entire career in the field of nursing education. She began her career in Laramie, Wyoming as the Director of LPN Programs and later as the Director of the LPN Program at Nebraska Western College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. After that, she spent several years as an assistant professor for the University of Nebraska in Scottsbluff. Following her husband's retirement, they moved to Hayes, Kansas where she spent four years as an assistant professor at Fort Hayes State University. In 2000, Jo and her husband moved to Chandler, Arizona where she was an associate professor at Samaritan College of Nursing at Grand Canyon University. Before retiring, she was a faculty associate at Arizona State University - College of Nursing focusing on her love of community nursing. She obtained many degrees in her lifetime including a Master of Arts in Education from Chadron State College, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Wyoming, and a Doctor of Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She authored various articles for publication and was especially proud of the one she co-authored with her daughter. She was the first born of Italian immigrants and enjoyed traveling to Italy to connect with her parent's relatives. Her mother, father and two brothers, John and Jim DeBortoli, precede her in death. She is survived by her husband of fifty-four years, Nick; and her two children Cyndi Upshaw (Ed) and Mark Marick (Lori); seven grandchildren: Todd (Jacqueline), Kristi (Carl), Jill (Derrick), Lindsay (Sammy), Ryan (Marce), Nicole, and Erika. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren: Brayden, Peyton, Addyson , Colton and Sammy. Visitation was held on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with Rosary recited at 6:00 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Mortuary 1562 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, Arizona. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 440 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert, Arizona 85234. Burial followed at Queen of Heaven Catholic Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Catholic Mortuary.
Queen Of Heaven Mortuary
1562 E Baseline Rd Mesa, AZ 85204
Published in The Arizona Republic from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28, 2013