Josephine (Smachetti) Johnson, 94, of Manchester, died on Dec. 21, 2012.
"Jo" was born in and lived her entire life in Manchester. She was the daughter of the late Pasquale and Delfina Smachetti, and wife of Louis H. Johnson for 56 cherished years. She graduated from Manchester High School and worked in the family grocery store on the West Side until it was sold. Then she worked at Aetna Life & Casualty until retirement. In the '50s and '60s, Jo and Lou enjoyed ballroom dancing, outings with friends and relatives, and hosting family gatherings. Jo's dishes and sweet treats were always thoroughly enjoyed. Later in life, they enjoyed bowling in two senior leagues. Jo was a member of St. Bridget Church and enjoyed visiting with Evelyn each week when she came to administer her the Eucharist.
Jo was predeceased by her husband, Lou; her brother, Arthur Smachetti, and his wife, Barbara; her sister, Mary, and her husband Fred Little; her sister, Lucy; and her niece, Diane Harrison. She is survived by her niece and devoted caregiver, Barbara Demers; her loving niece, Patricia Whitehill; and her two nephews, Daniel Smachetti, and his wife, Jill, and Robert Harrison; as well as many great nieces and nephews, their spouses, and many great-great-nieces and nephews to whom Jo was a devoted aunt. They will all miss her dearly. Jo is also survived by lifelong friends, Blanche Boland and Arlene Martin.
Jo's family wishes to thank the crew of Ambulance Service of Manchester, the staff of the Wound Care Center at Eastern Connecticut Health Network, the Visiting Nurses of Central Connecticut, and especially her caregivers from A Caring Hand.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bridget Church in Manchester on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. followed by burial at St. James Cemetery. Her great nephew, the Rev. Timothy Harrison, pastor of Immaculate Conception in Newburyport, Mass., will officiate.
The John F. Tierney Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bridget Church, Immaculate Conception Church, or a