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Josephine Arena DeCarolis


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Josephine Arena DeCarolis Obituary
June 21, 1922 - March 5, 2017 Josephine Arena DeCarolis passed away peacefully March 5, 2017 holding the hands of her children, Patrick DeCarolis, Jr. and Jean Pintarelli. Born June 21,1922 in Rochester, New York, Josephine was the daughter of Angelina Campanella and Luigi Arena, who emigrated from Sicily, Italy with Josephine's older brother, Philip Arena, at the beginning of the 20th century. Josephine's future husband, Patrick DeCarolis, immigrated to the United States when he was 7 years old with his parents, Luisa Petrucci and Attilio DeCarolis from Porciano, Italy. Josephine and Patrick lived across the street from each other as children, but didn't actually meet until they were teenagers and Patrick's bicycle broke in half in the middle of the street as he was riding past Josephine. That encounter started a love affair that lasted over 7 decades. They were married November 15, 1941 in Rochester, New York. They moved to Pasadena, California in 1959, with their three children, Jean Louise, Elaine and Patrick, Jr. Josephine became a real estate broker with Pankey Realty in Pasadena, where she sold many homes in the Pasadena area over 4 decades. Josephine also became an activist. When she decided the Eaton Canyon Shooting Range was dangerous to hikers and local residents, Josephine waged an 8-year protest to shut it down, a feat she finally accomplished. Josephine was small, but fierce when she wanted to be. She took up square dancing after retirement and loved it. At first, her husband refused to go so she told him she'd go without him. Before you knew it, they were both dancing with the Do See Does, a popular square dancing group. Josephine was an accomplished cook and more than anything, she loved to cook for her family. Handmade gnocchi was a specialty. Josephine and Pat were longtime members of the Garibaldina Italian Society where they danced many a night away when they weren't playing bocce ball and chatting with their friends. They both loved and celebrated their Italian heritage. Josephine's oldest child, Elaine DeCarolis Wilson, passed away last year on March 16, 2016. Her second daughter, Jean Louise Pintarelli is a retired a social worker with the Department of Family and Children Services. Her son, Patrick, Jr. graduated from Whittier College School of Law and practices family law in Los Angeles. Josephine is also survived by her grandchildren, Dan Wilson, Gina Wilson Calderon, Kaci Wilson, Shaelee DeCarolis and Gemma DeCarolis. She had 4 great-grandchildren: Cami Wilson, Cori Wilson, Charlie Wilson and Luke Calderon. She also leaves behind her son-in-law, Clay Wilson, her niece, Angela Brandolino, her daughter-in-law, Cathleen Young, her grandson-in-law, Michael Ross, her granddaughter-in-law, Millie Wilson and grandson-in-law, Michael Calderon. Josephine loved having lunch almost every day at the Sierra Madre Senior Citizen Club with her longtime personal assistant, Vilma Alvarado. More than anything, Josephine loved her family and she was devoted to every single member. She will be deeply missed. The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Cabot and Sons Funeral Home located at 27 Chestnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91103. A reception will be held immediately following the service at The Altadena Town & Country Club located at 2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2017
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