A woman of great faith, grace and courage was called home by her Heavenly Father on January 14, 2013. Josephine, who was 86, lived a full and blessed life. Born in Oakland on August 8, 1926, she was a lifelong resident of northern California and a graduate of Saint Elizabeth's Catholic High School in Oakland. Early in her career, Josephine worked for the FBI where, in 1951, she met and married her husband of 51 years, William J. Slattery. Together they raised 13 children. Josephine later worked at San Domenico School in San Anselmo and the County of Marin. She was a resident of Marin County for nearly 65 years. Josie, as she was affectionately called, traveled with her husband extensively in retirement and greatly enjoyed visiting relatives abroad. She had a large circle of family and lifelong friends who admired her tremendously and loved her deeply. In her last few years, she continued to make new friends and acquaintances at her home in Spring Lake Village, Santa Rosa. Josephine was predeceased by her husband William, and her son Stephen. She is survived by 12 of her children; William Jr. (Arlene) of Eugene, OR; Virginia Ducey (Donald) of Holly Springs, NC; Michael (Deborah) of St. George, UT; Leo (Patricia) of Napa; Patricia of Sebastopol; Mark (Virginia) of Oak Harbor, WA; Timothy (Joy) of Citrus Heights; Lisa Nickerson (Alan) of Flagstaff, AZ; Marianne of San Rafael; Susan Isham (David) of Sebastopol; Sheila Torres (Richard) of Rohnert Park; and Noel (James Bertoli) of Windsor. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Josie's life will take place, with a Rosary and Memorial Mass, on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of Spring Lake Village, 5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. A reception will be held following the service at Spring Lake Village. Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral and Cremation Services (707) 525-3730
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2013