Josephine E. Ragona
1953 - 2021
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It is with overwhelming sadness that we announce after a long battle with liver cancer, the passing of Josephine Ragona on April 28, 2021. Josephine, daughter of the late Joseph and Nicolina (nee Morreale) Savelli. Loving wife to the late Salvatore Ragona. She will be greatly missed by her daughters and son-in-law Sara Ragona, Toni (Mike) Ragona, and Samantha (Zachary) Johnson. Grandmother to Jacob Ragona and Elias Johnson. Also her brothers and sisters Rina (late Jim) Sheehan, Rick (Pam) Savelli, Lida (Len) Greenaway, late Charlie Savelli, Nick (Clara) Savelli, Joe (Sandra) Savelli, Mari-Ann Thomas. In-laws to Paul Ragona, Vince (Margaret) Ragona, Frank (Marta) Ragona, and many neices and nephews. Special thank you to the nurses and PSWs for their continued respect and exceptional care. A special thank you to Samantha and Zachary Johnson for taking care of Josephine in her final stages. Due to restrictions of the pandemic there will be a small service made at a later time. Donations can be made in memory of Josephine at

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Published in The Hamilton Spectator on May 3, 2021.
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May 22, 2021
You were wonderful.person always cared for.others and we are gonna miss you may you rest in peace
May 5, 2021
Another beautiful angel gained there wings. It was many years before we had the chance to meet and I can truly say that it was a memorable moment. One that I'm sure will never be forgotten. I just wish it had of happened sooner. We had some laughs. Many pizellas (well I did) some cake and conversation. We made up for lost time. May you rest in piece Momma R. (Don't make Sam too jealous when your dancing with elvis)
May 4, 2021
Sara,Toni, Sam,and family our deepest condolences. Our families have shared so many lasting memories creating life long friendships. 20 plus years of guiding, coffee dates, conversations around our kitchen tables but my most memorable will be your mother with a coffee in one hand and a flashlight in the other scoping out the bargains. So many laughs. Your mom will never be forgotten. Cherish those memories and she will live in our hearts forever.
Brenda and Fred
May 3, 2021
To Toni & Sisters
I'm truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. We spoke once at the hospital she talked about how she loved her daughters and grandsons and told me of her trip to Memphis with her daughter Samantha to see Graceland and her love of Elvis. She was a strong woman who fought hard may she rest in peace
May 3, 2021
All our sympathy on the loss of your Mom.
Jerry and Jackie Dunn
May 3, 2021
Emily patenaude
May 3, 2021
Sara, Toni, Samantha and families,
So sad to hear of the loss of your Mom / Josephine.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Natasha & Dan Charles
-Hamilton, Ontario
Natasha Charles
May 3, 2021
Sweet Josephine we will truly miss you. The memories we shared at your kitchen table with pizza dinners and our lottery club, backyard fun and Christmas celebrations to name just a few. You will forever be remembered in our hearts. Your dear friends the Giammarco family ❤
Giammarco Family
May 3, 2021
I remember her from when our daughters went to the same school.. She was a beautiful lady in and out..
May 3, 2021
Aunt Josie,

I sit her not knowing what to say.

It's just so hard to believe that you are gone. I will miss hearing your distinctive voice, and seeing your big smile!

You always welcomed me into your home and made me feel very comfortable. You are a true example of a genuine, and yoal friend. For that, I thank you.

I promised you that I will continue to hold the 40 year friendship you, Uncle Sam, and my parents shared. We will be ok. I promise.

I hope you had the chance to sing with Elvis already! I heard he had the hots for salt and pepper kinda girls!

Fly high Aunt Josie
Andrew Castiglione
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