December 12, 1950 ~ March 16, 2011
MONTEREY - Josephine Balesteri-Henshaw, 60, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2011, after her courageous battle with M.S. and cancer, for the past 11 years.
She was born in Monterey, CA on December 12, 1950 to Peter and Annie Balesteri.
Josephine graduated from Junipero Serra High School, and met and married the love of her life; Michael Henshaw of Coos Bay, Oregon. After his tour with the Coast Guard, they moved to and lived in Rogue River and Coos Bay before coming back to Monterey in the 70s to live their life together. She worked as a waitress for nearly two decades at "The Rogue" and the "Golden Tee" and various other restaurants on the Peninsula. Josephine and Mike went their separate ways in 1993, however they remained best friends to this day.
Jo was deeply loved and cared for by her family and friends. She constantly kept in close touch with all of her nieces and nephews, like they were her own children. Her favorite activity was to hop into her car and go shopping! She enjoyed finding organic foods and cooking healthy and nutritious meals. In addition to her personal care routine, she loved to make custom jewelry for her nieces, paint ceramics and canvas, and visit with her close friends at the Carmelite Monastery.
Josephine was preceded in death by her father, Peter; her sister-in-law, Shelly; and her nephew, Aaron. She is survived by her mother, Annie Balesteri; her brothers, Manuel (Diane), Frankie (Val), and Peter Balesteri, all of Monterey, CA. She also leaves her nieces, Jennifer (Salinas), Mary Ann (Monterey), Alisa (Madison, South Dakota) and Kristina (Seaside) Balesteri; and nephews, Frank (Marina) and Peter (Seaside) Balesteri.
Visitation will be at Mission Mortuary, Monterey on Friday, March 18, 2011 from 5:00-7:00pm with Vigil at 7:00pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at San Carlos Cathedral at 9:30am Saturday, March 19, 2011.
Donations in Josephine's name may be made to the San Carlos Cathedral Restoration Fund, (831) 373-2628. Visit www.missionmortuary.com for condolences.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Mar. 18, 2011