AGE: 88 • Shrewsbury
Josephine Tomaino, 88, of Shrewsbury, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 1, 2013, peacefully in her sleep at the Chelsea of Tinton Falls. She was born in Red Bank, and spent her early childhood there before her family moved to Long Branch. Josephine was a 1942 graduate of Long Branch High School and went to all the reunions. She went on to graduate Nurses Training at Monmouth Memorial Hospital, Long Branch in 1945. She would not be a nurse for long as she would marry her sweetheart Alphonso A. Tomaino at the end of WWII. In 1947, Allie and Jo bought a home in Shrewsbury on Park Ave. and lived there until moving to the Chelsea of Tinton Falls in 2010. Her only sister, Phyllis Santangelo and family lived across the street and her best friend, Angie Arnone and family lived a house away. They both loved their home and Shrewsbury.
Josephine was a wonderful homemaker, loving wife and mother. She was involved with the Shrewsbury School PTA, many times a classroom mom and Cub Scout den mother. She was a lifetime communicant of St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Red Bank. She liked bowling and playing bridge with friends in the evening. In the summer she was a fixture at the "old" Driftwood Beach Club with a close circle of longtime friends. On holidays, she would always have a house full of family. Later in life, she was a member of the Shrewsbury Senior Homesteaders traveling on their many bus trips. She enjoyed her two grandchildren, Bobby and Allison very much, wanting to visit whenever she could.
She is predeceased by her parents, Dominick and Rose Domanico; her husband of 64 years, Alphonso A. Tomaino; brother-in-law, Ralph Santangelo; and niece, Donna Santangelo. Surviving are her son, Robert A. Tomaino and his wife, Donna Tomaino of Monmouth Beach; two grandchildren, Robert and Allison Tomaino; sister, Phyllis Santangelo; nephew, Frank (Sandy) Santangelo; niece, Laura McLaron, her son, Dylan; niece, Joy Rathemacher and her husband Chris. All will miss her very much.
All family and friends are invited to visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, Red Bank. Interment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jo's memory to
, Greater NJ Chapter, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251 Denville, NJ 07934. Please visit Josephine's memorial website available at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com