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Josephine Francis Martinico

1923 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Josephine Francis Martinico Obituary
JOSEPHINE FRANCIS MARTINICO (May 13, 1923 July 20, 2014) Josephine Francis Martinico, born May 13, 1923, made her journey to heaven on Sunday, July 20, 2014, surrounded by the love and warmth of her children. She was the daughter of Angelo and Angela DiCello, and sister of Sam, Tony, Mary, and Margret, also deceased, and youngest sister Eleanor, who grew up in Detroit Michigan. Josephine married Philip Martinico on September 6, 1947. They had a loving 65 year marriage, and were blessed with six children: Philip Jr., Susan, Michael, Carol, Paul, and Sharon (Shari). In 1961, they moved to sunny California from Michigan. They raised their kids in Diamond Bar, and eventually moved to their last residence together in Sun City, California, where Philip passed away on December 30, 2010. She had nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren, all of whom loved and adored her. As an accomplished homemaker and cook, Josephine worked at Cal Poly, Pomona University, and at the universities' Kellogg West Continuing Education Conference Center, where she baked and created beautiful buffets for the college students and educators. Some of the things she enjoyed most were doing charitable work for her church, and traveling with her husband and family. She also loved the simple things, playing cards with neighborhood friends, barbeques, and watching her favorite basketball team, the Lakers. Josephine peacefully died at her residence of the last few years in Murrieta, California. Her children will always remember her as a loving and caring mother, and woman of faith, and all will miss her sunny smile. She will forever be in our hearts. We love you Mom! A visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, from 4-8 pm, with a rosary recited at 7 pm, at Miller-Jones Mortuary in Sun City, 26770 Murrieta Rd., Sun City, CA 92586. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at St Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church at 10:30 am, 27931 Murrieta Rd, Sun City, CA 92586. She will be laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetery privately.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Aug. 3, 2014
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