Josephine E. Hoyt

  • "Mom defined LOVE. Truly a saint."
    - Brennock Hoyt
  • "To my family: On 1/11/04 we all lost a very BIG part of..."
    - Amanda Hoyt
  • "When I remember Grandma Jo it is of her saying cheeky..."
    - Sophie Hoyt
  • "Our thoughts and prayers go to you who lost your mother and..."
    - Richard & Maxine Buckles
  • "To the wonderful members of the Hoyt Family: My deepest..."
    - Claire Messier

Josephine E. Hoyt, 85, of Washington Street, and formally of Windsor, Conn., and Bradenton, died Sunday, January 11, 2004, at Cove's Edge Skilled Nursing Facility, Damariscotta. She was born in the Bronx, New York City, on January 7, 1919, a daughter of George B. and Elizabeth A. Leahey O'Day. She graduated from Mother Cabrini High School in 1937. She then studied opera at the Julliard School. On June 26, 1943, she married Charles E. Hoyt at the Church of the Holy Rosary, in the Bronx. She traveled extensively with her husband, including trips to Europe, the Holy Land and Hawaii. She was a devout Catholic and a communicant of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bath. She was active in the charismatic movement and sang in the church choir. Her friendly, magnanimous nature led her to help those in need. She took in struggling children, adopted many stray animals and was a volunteer advisor at the Sommers State Prison in Enfield, Conn. She is predeceased by two brothers, George B. O'Day Jr., of Bronx, N.Y. and Brenick J. O'Day, of Medford, Ore.; and a sister, Bernadette Stolz of Bronx, N.Y. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years; six sons, Eugene C. Hoyt of Rainbow, Conn., Brennock J. Hoyt of Seattle, Wash., Robert D. and his wife Hope Hoyt of Hickory, N.C., Jeoffrey L. and his wife, Barbara Hoyt of Windsor, Conn., Greggory C. Hoyt of Windsor, Conn. and Bradley M. and his wife, Eileen Hoyt of Ellington, Conn.; a daughter, Elizabeth ''Liz'' and her husband, J. Lee Lang of Bath, Maine; and nine grandchildren, Bradley M. Hoyt Jr., of Enfield, Conn., Augustus B. Hoyt of England, Joshua D. Hoyt of Manchester, Conn., Sophie C. Hoyt of Los Angeles, Calif., Amanda E. Hoyt of Hickory, N.C. and Justin D. Hoyt of the U.S. Navy and Brennan J. Bertrand, Jared M. Bertrand and Shawna L. Bertrand, all of Windsor, Conn.; and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, January 16, 2004, at St. Mary's Catholic church, 144 Lincoln St., Bath. Memorial donations may be made to a Catholic charity of one's choice. Arrangements are by David E. Desmond Funeral Home, 638 High Street, Bath.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Jan. 15, 2004
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