Josephine's Story

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(Rizzo) "Peppy", our beautiful, loving mom, grandma, great-grandma, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and into the arms of God's angels on the morning of Bright Wednesday, April 19. Born August 11, 1924 in Windber, daughter of the late Domenico and Verna (Cunsolo) Rizzo. Preceded in death by loving husband, Michael; sons, David Matthew and Robert Paul; infant brother, Joseph; brothers, Anthony, Frank, James; sister, Eva Lapinsky; brothers-in-law, Alex Lapinsky, Nicholas Maffeo, Alfred Phillips, Richard Snell, Andrew Koshute, George Koshute, Joseph Koshute, John Koshute, Frank Kuska, Cyril Zelenak, Anthony Yankowsky; sisters-in-law, Miaji Rizzo, Darlene Rizzo, Mary Yankowsky, Agnes Koshute-Kuska. She will be deeply missed by her 14 surviving children, Michael; Verna, wife of David Moore; Joesphine, wife of William Hurley; Gloria, wife of John Ellis; Margaret; Mark and wife, Susan (Thonnings); Cynthia, wife of Paul McCloskey; Vincent; Daniel and wife, Jennifer; William; Lisa; Shirley, wife of Mark Wyrwas; Kevin and wife, Jennifer (Paul); Keith and wife, Ann (Hanincik). She deeply loved and adored all of her precious grandchildren: Christopher and Matthew Ellis, Kelly, Colleen, Cara Moore, Annie Morrison and Katie Jo Hurley, Phillip, Maria, Gina, Nick, and Melissa Koshute, Michael, Christina, and Angela McCloskey, Daniel and Allison Koshute, Mikayla Wyrwas and Olivia and James Koshute; great-grandchildren Gina, Molly and Timmy Morrison, Siobhan and Arthur Ellis, Harper Ellis, John Paul and Mary Regina Koshute and Emily Rose McCloskey. Also survived by sisters, Elizabeth Phillips; Eleanor Maffeo-Snell; Marie Carol Papinchak and husband, Deacon Thomas Papinchak; sisters-in-law, Mildred Rizzo, Wanda Rizzo, Judy Koshute, Helen Koshute, Elizabeth Zelenak and Betty Koshute; brothers, Raymond and wife, Pat; Richard and wife, Alice; Robert and wife, Martha; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a graduate of the WAHS Class of 1942 with a yearbook motto of "The only way to have a friend is to be one." Our mom was an icon that cannot be copied. Her dedication to her family was beyond belief, raising 16 children without the modern conveniences that exist in today's world. God was first, that's how she got through the many trials and tribulations that came her way throughout her life. She instilled strong faith and compassion with the love of God first and foremost into all of her children. She was a wonderful cook making 12 dozen of ravioli in one afternoon with a huge pot of sauce that no one can copy. She ironed seven cassocks each religious holiday wore by all seven of her sons who were all altar servers. Christmas was a favorite time for her, singing Christmas carols with her favorite song "Ave Maria," making nutrolls, raisin bread and veal parmigiana. She enjoyed dancing the polka with our beloved Dad, never missing a beat. She will be sadly missed, although we all know that the gates of Heaven were wide open for her as she endured all of her suffering here on earth, having the dreaded disease of Alzheimer's at the age of 75. The family is truly grateful for the outstanding compassionate care shown to our mother over the years by Dr. Jerry Gray, Suzie Walls, RN and health aids: Lisa and Peggy, care-givers: Marilyn, Debbie, Mary, Cindy, Shelly, JoAnn and Jean, and also for the spiritual prayers and sacraments offered and administered by The Sisters of St. Basil The Great, Rev. Adrian Tirpak, Rev. Robert Oravetz, Rev. Roderick Soha, Rev. Anthony Petracca, Rev. Deacon Thomas Papinchak, and the late Rev. Gregory Michalisin. Eternal Memories, Vic'naja Pamjat! Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at William Kisiel Funeral Home, Windber, where brief service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by funeral of Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Windber. Msgr. Raymond A. Balta. Interment, church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to either, the Sisters of St. Basil The Great, Uniontown; or to St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Windber or to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Windber in memory of Josephine Koshute.
Published on April 20, 2017
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