Captain Josephine I. O'Callaghan, R.N., USN Ret., 97, of 51 Meadow Ave., Hometown, died Thursday, Jan. 24, in her home.
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Born in Staten Island, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Walter and Anna (O'Conner) O'Callaghan.
She was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua, the St. Vincent DePaul Society, the Tamaqua Business and Professional Women, Hometown Garden Club and the Hometown Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary.
She was devoted to her country.
She was a graduate of the St. Vincent School of Nursing, New York City, N.Y., and upon graduation, she entered the U.S. Public Health Service on Oct. 1, 1940, at the U.S. Marine Hospital, Staten Island.
She transferred to the U.S. Marine Hospital, New Orleans, La., and served there from Nov. 24, 1944, until 1948. It was there in 1945 she became a commissioned nurse in the U.S. Navy. Later duty assignments included transfers to U.S. Public Health Hospital, Boston, Mass., from 1948-51; U.S. Public Health Hospital, Detroit, Mich., from 1951-56; U.S. Public Health Hospital, Galveston, Tex., from 1961-64; and U.S. Public Health Hospital, Baltimore, Md., from 1965 to May 31, 1972, when she retired from the U.S. Public Health Service as a commissioned nurse officer with 31 years of service, grade 6, rank of Navy Captain.
A veteran of World War II, she received service awards, including the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
The last member of her immediate family, she is survived by a niece, Maryann Sabol of West West Terrace, Pottsville; Maryann's children, a son, Gerald Labooty, daughter Kim, wife of Daryle Toback, and their children, Nathaniel, Curran, Olivia Mary; dear friends, Virginia and Charlie Shamonsky, John Fredericks and Leona Kurchak; a nephew, Sean O'Callaghan in Florida; a nephew, Joseph O'Callaghan, and his wife, Phyllis, and sons, Michael and Ryan, of Staten Island; a great-niece, Kathleen (O'Callaghan), wife of Michael Walsh, and their children, Timothy and Mackenzie of Andover, N.J.; and a great-nephew, Neville J. O'Callaghan of Staten Island.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Monday, St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua. Interment with military honors, parish cemetery, Tamaqua. Call 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Lamar Christ Funeral Home, Hometown.