80, of Pomona, died in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 2, at Upland Rehabilitation and Care Center where she had been recovering from a broken leg.
Josephine was born December 4, 1932 in Los Angeles, the only child of Joseph and Bertha (Johns) Gabaldon. Josephine was member of the Pima tribe of Sacaton, Arizona through her mother and the Pueblo tribe of San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico through her father and was very proud of her heritage.
Josephine was a 1950 graduate of Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles. On June 21, 1952 she married Clarence (Ed) Pancake, a member of the US Navy stationed in Long Beach, in Los Angeles. After a short career at the May Co. Department Store she began the life of a Navy wife, following her husband to Honolulu, HI, Long Beach, CA, Yokosuka, Japan, San Francisco, CA, Bremerton, WA, Gulfport, MS and Charleston, SC, before finally settling in Pomona in 1968 upon her husband's retirement from the Navy. Later in her life she became active in her faith as a member of The Kateri Circle, a group of Catholic Native Americans who successfully promoted the recent canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint.
Surviving is her husband of 60 years, Clarence (Ed) Pancake of Pomona, children, John Pancake and partner Barry Grubs of Los Angeles and Joseph (Larry) Pancake of Los Angeles.
Burial will take place at the Riverside National Cemetery where she will eventually be joined by her husband.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Jan. 8, 2013