August 8, 1907 ~ March 8, 2009
Josephine Elinor Maria Perricone affectionately known as DeeDee, passed away peacefully and went to her heavenly home on Sunday, March 8, 2009. She was born Aug. 8, 1907, in Pueblo, Colo., to Gaspar and Vita (Parlapiano) Perricone. Josephine is survived by nieces and nephews, Vita Marker, Broomfield, Colo., Gaspar (Carol) Perricone, Denver, Colo., Norma (Bernie) Kreusch, Beulah, Colo., Vita Lee (Gus) Willeke, Rock Wood, Texas, Mary Jo Pagano (Jerry)Stewart, Pueblo West, Colo., Peter (Nani) Perricone, Pueblo, Colo.; honorary niece, Rosalie Bonfiglio; brother-in-law, Sam Geonetta; 25 grandnieces and -nephews; 15 great-grandnieces and -nephews; two great-great-grandnephews; a great-great-grandniece; numerous cousins; and other family members also survive her. Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl (Erna), Pete (Garnette), Bob (Lil) Perricone; her only sister, Anna Geonetta; brother-in-law, Nick Taulli; niece, Anna Jo Jones; and grandnephew, Bob Pagano. Josephine was Godmother to 12 girls and boys. From a young age of 14 (in 1921), she worked and eventually ran her family's delicatessen and Italian import specialties grocery store, Gaspar Perricone Groceries. She was famous for her homemade Italian sausage. She was a hardworking successful business woman. She was a charter member of the Blue Spruce Club and an active member from 1927-1992. She was an active and charter member of Chi Gamma Chi in 1929, which continues today. She was a member of Altar and Rosary Society for 50 plus years. Josephine was a member of Mount Carmel Church for many years. At passing, she was a member of Sacred Heart Cathedral Church. All of her family, friends and relatives will remember her great fondness and way with children, her cooking and baking skills, and her beautiful knitting and crocheting. She was so proud of the many blue ribbons she won at the Colorado State Fair. She had a special devotion to her Patron Saint, St. Joseph, whom she honored many years with a beautiful St. Joseph's Table. Josephine 'DeeDee' was loved and admired by all that knew her. She leaves behind a legacy of her devotion and caring for and loving us all. She touched our lives through her faith, love and kindness. Her faith sustained her throughout life as it sustains her family now. We will always remember her with a smile. Special thanks to Uncle Sam Geonetta for his loving care through the years, Dr. Michael Wood, Dr. Charles A. Wohlwend, DDS, Sangre de Cristo Hospice and staff for their outstanding care. Thank you for their love and loyalty, caregivers, Terry Archibeque, Geri Baros, Christy Kreusch and Shirley Baros, and to Monsignor Leonard Racki and the Eucharistic Ministers for their visits, also to the Rev. Father Ben Bacino for his visits and prayers. As per her request, there will be no viewing. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2009, at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 11th and Grand, with Monsignor Leonard Racki and the Rev. Father Ben Bacino as concelebrants. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice or Los Pobres, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com.