Josephine McCall passed away peacefully Thursday, March 20, 2014.
She was the loving wife of 52 years to W. Ray McCall (deceased); mother of Sandra (Stephen) Koelzer, Evan (Suzanne) McCall and Kristine (Mark) Ashton; cherished grandmother to Tyler, Sarah, Michael (deceased), Kyle, Christopher, Connor, Geoffrey, Andrea, Morgan and Hannah; sister to LaVere (Anne) Hutchings (deceased), Grace (deceased) (Owen) Karstad, Margaret (Lawrence, deceased) Slack and Thomas Hutchings (deceased); and beloved aunt to over 200 nieces and nephews.
Josephine was a wonderful friend to everyone she encountered. She lived an exciting life. She was one of the first 18 women Marines in WWII from 1943 to 1945. She was stationed primarily at the Marine Corps Air Station in Mojave, Calif. Off-hours, she played the piano with her sister Grace in the Mojave Air Station's 14-piece dance band.
Jo was an avid musician, a master of the piano and organ. She hosted her own radio show, "Hammondaires with Josephine." She composed and taught music, conducted choirs, volunteered in music programs in schools and communities and could play any type of music on request. She instilled this love of music and gracious service in her children and grandchildren; several are performing professional artists.
A lifelong athlete, Jo lettered in sports in high school and college. For the past 27 years, she could be found in the De Anza swimming classes doing water exercise with her friends. She loved all sports, especially the Golden State Warriors. She and Ray loved playing golf.
Josephine enjoyed traveling the world, particularly on cruises and road trips. She served two years with Ray on an LDS mission in the Canary Islands.
Josephine will continue to inspire all who knew her thanks to her love of life, music, learning, laughter, generosity, courage and perseverance.
She was a remarkable, strong woman and shall always remain as one in our memories.
Family and friends called from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Lima & Campagna, Sunnyvale Mortuary, 1315 Hollenbeck Ave. in Sunnyvale, Calif. Funeral services will be held at noon today, March 26, in the Sunnyvale LDS Ward Chapel, 771 W. Fremont Ave. in Sunnyvale, Calif. Interment will be in Los Gatos Memorial Park, 2255 Los Gatos Almaden Road in San Jose, Calif.