Josephine Marie Medaglia Crowley|
March 18, 1922 - June 18, 2014
Resident of Alameda
Born in Berkeley, CA on March 18, 1922 to the late Felix and Rachele (Corbelli) Medaglia (of Verbicarro, Italy) then residing on Pacific Ave Alameda, Josephine passed away peacefully at her current home in Alameda, CA on June 18, 2014 at the age of 92.
Josephine is survived by her loving husband Kenneth G. Crowley of 53 years, daughter Patricia Lynn Crowley (Stewart) Nelson, grandson Brint Joseph Stewart and his wife Audrey Lynn (Crawford) Stewart, great-grandchildren Travis, Abigail and Daisy Stewart, sister Lorainne (Medaglia) Lazarus of Chicago, beloved cousin Marie (Carlomagno) Mulcahy and Marie's loving family; Janis and Harold Bond and their children. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and Franklin Medaglia, cousin Salvatore Carlomagno, niece, Cheryl (Medaglia) DeMent Brearcliffe, best-friend and sister-in-law Lois K (Crowley) Cox. Also survived by nieces Sharon (Medaglia) Machado, Tom Medaglia, Carolyn Medaglia, Michael and David Lazarus, Steven, Jefferey and Rodney Cox; their spouses and their children. Fondly remembered by the Howards near and far, especially Mr and Mrs Monahaghn.
Josephine was a 1940 graduate of Alameda High School, after having attended both St Joseph's and Porter Schools. Her parents and brothers, Joe and Frank, owned and operated many neighborhood grocery stores and gas stations around town. A WWII-era tuberculosis survivor, Josephine went on to work in San Francisco as a Key Punch Operator until the 1960s, when she was swept off her feet by Ken, and elected to take up life as a wife and mother, most enthusiastically as a Brownie Troup Leader in the US Girl Scouts. She accompanied her husband upstate-and down on myriad photography trips in support of his artistic vision. She graciously opened her home to host local club meetings as well as N4C club events and competitions.
She was a long-standing member of the American Red Cross, known primarily for her work in "the Crowley House" distributing food to the local needy three times a week, drawing in her husband, daughter, brothers, son-in-law, and grandson as needed for special projects. She was active in the Alameda Bowling League for about 10 years, and (along with her husband) delivered food for Alameda Meals on Wheels for about 20 years. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Visitation on Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m followed by the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave., Alameda. The Funeral Mass will be held Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda. She will be laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Josephine's memory may be made to the American Red Cross, Alameda Meals on Wheels, or the Norberine Association of St. Joseph (Tehachapi, CA).
Published in Inside Bay Area on June 20, 2014