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1911 - 2013
Everyone loved Josephine. At 102 years old her spirit was so strong and bright people naturally gravitated to her. Her pure joy was contagious.
Born in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania on June 11, 1911, Josephine Distel was the daughter of Teofil & Rosalie Baranowski of Poland. She was the 5th of 11 children and is survived by her last living sibling, Francis Moore of Conshohocken, Pa. She is now at peace with her beloved siblings, Stanley, Bill, Sophie, Pauline, Bertha, Shirley, Stella, Agnes and Joseph.
A seamstress in her hometown, Josephine moved to New York City in 1950 where she resided until 2008 marking 58 years within New York City before moving to Auburn, Calif. She worked her way through the garment district to become a "top stitcher"-- one of the most demanding and sought-after jobs in the city. At 102 years old Josephine could still thread a needle without glasses.
Her family and friends will miss her blue eyes, her smile, and her fantastic detailed stories about her days of fun, joy and mischief in The Big Apple, the Atlantic City Boardwalk and other travels.
Auburn will be her final resting place. She loved the Sierra Nevada foothills for its trees, hummingbirds, mild snow and fresh air.
Her secret to such a wonderfully long life was a calm love, a love of walking and chocolate.
Josephine is survived by (son) William Carpenter Sr.,(grandchildren) Bill Carpenter Jr., Rob Carpenter and wife Jennifer, Elizabeth Bohn and husband Paul. (great-grandchildren), Heidi Bohn and Ella "Josephine" Carpenter "namesake".
A service will be held at Chapel of the Hills, 1331 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603 on Wed., October 30, 2013 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Auburn Salvation Army, 510 High Street Auburn, CA 530-823-3646. Please sign the guestbook at www.chapelofthehills-auburn.com
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Oct. 27, 2013