A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Crestwood Cemetery for Josephine T. Gielle, 94, of Gadsden, who died on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Crestwood Memorial Funeral Home will direct the service.
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Jo was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Born on July 14, 1918, in Milwaukee, Wis., Jo also lived in Springfield, Ill., and then moved to Gadsden in 1949, where she quickly made a home for her young family. She was a dedicated volunteer in Gadsden and Etowah County for nearly four decades, working tirelessly for the American Red Cross, where she worked hundreds of blood drives, personally gave gallons of blood and was also a member of the Gray Ladies at Fort McClellan, an auxiliary of the Red Cross that taught crafts to Korean War veterans.
She volunteered thousands of hours at Holy Name of Jesus Hospital, where she was president of the auxiliary several times.
She was a member of the PTA of the Gadsden School System and was city council president.
Her time also was spent with the Boy and Girl Scouts, where she was a troop leader and cookie sales chairman.
In 1960, she ran for Streets and Sanitation Commissioner and was the first female candidate to run for political office in a city-wide election in Gadsden. She came in third in a field of nine candidates.
When not "professionally volunteering," Jo helped open GNC in the Gadsden Mall and then went to Hickory Farms a few years later. After that, she moved closer to home to Sing Oil Co. on Noccalula Mountain and then ended her career at Harold's Chevron in 2005, where she never met a stranger.
She is survived by two children, Fred Gielle Jr. and his wife, Kay King Gielle of Albertville, Judith Gielle Moore of Birmingham; five granddaughters, Katherine Gielle Millwood of Albertville, Tisa Moore of Atlanta, Karrie Gielle McCutcheon of Albertville, Lucy Gielle of Albertville and Cricket Gielle Slimp of Columbus, Ohio; and four great-grandchildren, Molly and Brady Millwood and Gielle and Alex McCutcheon, all of Albertville.
A special thank you goes to the loving caregivers at Fair Haven Methodist Homes in Birmingham.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross or Reece City Volunteer Fire Department.
Friends and family will be received today from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at Crestwood Chapel.
Published in The Gadsden Times on Oct. 9, 2012