Josephine Sheehy
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Josephine Sheehy

We lost our Dear Josephine, Stalwart of the Excelsior, on June 24 , 2020, after a valiant and courageous weeks-long effort, she finally succumbed to the dreaded Covid Virus. Not surprisingly, it took one of the most powerful pandemics known to mankind to overwhelm her, being such a force of nature herself. All thanks and kudos to Doctors Valle, Feeney and Angeles, Nurses Jan and Robin, and Support Staff at Seton Hospital in Josephine's final days.
Josephine was born to Sicilian immigrants Frank and Eva Anzalone in Pittsburg, California on July 27, 1922, a child of the Depression and guardian to her younger sister, Celia, during their hardscrabble formative years. The family eventually moved to San Francisco in the early 1930's, to the Excelsior District, where she remained continually until her final years. A few years ago Josephine was accepted as a resident at Westborough Royale, an outstanding Assisted-Living Facility. The staff there provided a nurturing and uplifting environment which our family truly and sincerely appreciated. We will never forget their tender and loving care of our Josephine. Josephine married young to Raymond Trade and produced two strong and healthy boys, Raymond and Frank Trade. After several years a divorce ensued and she re-married to a member of a large Irish family, also from the Excelsior, Charles J. Sheehy, Sr., producing three more children, Charles Jr., Kathleen, and Cynthia Sheehy.
Josephine was a long-time employee of Pac-Bell, working nights to support her children's tuitions at Catholic School institutions. She was a proud member of ICF, Crocker-Amazon Seniors Club and various other Catholic Charities. She was an absolutely tremendous purveyor of Italian Cuisine. She possessed awesome sewing skills and last, but not least, LOVED to shop, always knowing the deals and where to find them! Josephine was just an all-around homemaker extraordinaire, who never faltered from her main legacy in life, Guardian of Her Flock . She was ALWAYS so proud of the brilliance and accomplishments of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as we are, and always will be, so proud of her.
To all extended family and numerous friends, we sincerely thank you for your contributions of cherished and golden moments in Josephine's life.
Buona Notte Y Arrivederci, Vai Con Dio, Mio Angelo Bellissima



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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 29 to Jul. 5, 2020.
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July 5, 2020
Jo was a strong figure at Corpus Christi School and the Excelsior neighborhood. She and Charlie (and the entire Sheehy family) were good friends to my Uncle Beba. She will be deeply missed.
Denise Ruggeri
Friend
July 5, 2020
We offer our sincerest condolences to the family of "Jo" Sheehy. We enjoyed your lovely obituary; it was a wonderful tribute to your mom. Sincerely, Vicki and Chuck Broward
victoria broward
Friend
July 5, 2020
I am so deeply sorry to hear about Jos passing and I extend my sincerest condolences to all of her family. My dad and Jo had ten wonderful years together and for that I shall remain forever grateful. They were very fortunate indeed.
Judith Sarro
Friend
July 5, 2020
Jo Sheehy was a legend in the Excelsior. It was always a pleasure to see her. I was visiting a patient/client at Home Sweet Home a few years back and she recognized me and we had a great visit. Im glad she went to Westborough Royal because that is a great assisted living home. Jo was always such a kick and a very resilient person. I was wondering about her just the other day. I will really miss her. My sincere condolences to Kathy, Chuck and Cindy.
Mickey McGill
Friend
July 5, 2020
Hey Chuck, Very sorry to hear about your moms passing. She was one of the strongest, kindest ladys Ive ever met. Hope your family is doing ok
Sincerely JS
John Schmolke
Friend
July 5, 2020
My most sincere condolences to the family. I worked with Josephine at 25th Street. I remember her as a very sweet lady, May she Rest In Peace,
Anita Villarreal
Coworker
July 4, 2020
My sincerest condolences for your loss. She will always hold a place in my heart. With love and prayers
Kathy Kearney
Friend
July 4, 2020
so sorry to hear about your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Cathy Cafferata
Cathy cafferata
Friend
July 2, 2020
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Fondly remember your moms laugh, energy, and kindness. She is fondly remembered. Debra
Debra Tonna Prince
Friend
June 30, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jim Bertana
Friend
June 30, 2020
While it has been decades since I have seen Josephine, I have nothing but fond memories of the times spent with Josephine, Charlie and Tom and Joan McGrath. One of my lasting memories of Josephine was of her taking care of the McGrath children when she was out on strike from Pac Bell and Joan was at work because she was management. Josephine was one of the kindest and most patient people I have met. Rest in peace Josephine
Jim Murphy
Acquaintance
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