Josephine Mary Magdalene Bouhasin

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Bouhasin, Josephine Mary Magdalene October 29, 2013; Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church. Cherished daughter of the late Abraham and late Virginia Bouhasin, beloved sister of the late Rosamond (the late Henry) Zambie, the late Marie (the late Marion) Hornbeck, the late Mathilda, Tillie (the late Michael) Rizik, the late George, the late Sadie (Clayton) Cary, and John (Nina). Favorite aunt of the late Hank, Virginia, Joseph, Kathy, Frances and the late Miriam Zambie; Michael, George, Regina, Matthew, Mark, David and Christopher Rizik; Clay and Linda Cary; and Claudine, John and Andre Bouhasin. Great-aunt to 28 boys and 18 girls, great-great aunt to 6 boys and 11 girls; cousin, godmother and friend to many. Born January 30, 1926, Josephine peacefully entered eternal life on Tuesday, October 29 2013 surrounded by her loving family and caregivers. Josephine was born in St. Louis, the fifth of eight children, to Abraham and Virginia Bouhasin in a close knit Lebanese family. Stricken with polio at age 10, she remarkably survived but lost the use of both legs. Always a fighter, Jo learned to walk with the assistance of braces and crutches, graduating from the Elias Michael School for Crippled Children. In 1947, Jo boarded a streetcar bound to St. Louis University where she began her amazing 57 year career. A devout Maronite Catholic, Jo became a favorite with the Jesuit community and dear friend to many including Rev. Paul Reinert and Rev. Lawrence Biondi, S.J. She retired as director of telecommunications in 2004 to care for her eldest brother, George. Despite her disability, Josephine led a rich life and enjoyed travel. In 1950, she and her sister, Marie, made a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France and to the monastery of St. Sharbel in Anaya, Lebanon. She also traveled to England and Canada. She learned to fish and climbed a mountain with friends in Oregon, loved to frequent casinos in Las Vegas, Oklahoma and Mississippi, visited family in Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, California, Arizona and Michigan. In 1958, she became a capable driver with the use of hand controls and maintained great independence for many years. She enjoyed bingo. In her prime, she could defeat the men of the family in arm wrestling. She loved TV game shows and radio contests. She was an avid Cardinals fan, as well as a Billiken basketball. She utterly accepted the will of God, never felt self-pity and served as a pillar of strength for her family. Her legacy is one of persistence and courage. Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON Chapel 10151 Gravois Friday Nov 1, 9:15 AM to St. Raymond Marontie Cathedral for 10:00 AM mass. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 4-8 PM

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Oct. 31, 2013
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