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.

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  1. Please accept my heart felt condolences at your loss. Although few & far between, I always enjoyed my visits with Mrs. Perricone and her devoted brother-in-law, Sam. Thanks for sharing your memories and dinner table with me. Can’t imagine visting Pueblo & not seeing BOTH Mrs. Perricone and Sam together. May she rest in eternal peace and joy.
    Sam, wishing you all the best during this difficult time, Christof Kheim (the Studebaker guy from Boulder)

  2. On behalf of my mother, Mary Jane Strieby (Parlapiano) who passed Dec. 1 2008, I would like to convey the most heart-felt sympathy and sorrow for Josephine’s passing. My mother held Josephine in the highest regard and smiled every time she would talk about her wonderful times with Josephine. She had Josephine in every thought and memory she had day by day.

    I had the great honor of seeing both Josephine and her together again in 2008. Such a wonderful time we had to share. There were many stories and smiles. I am very fortunate to have been with both as well as my Uncle Bud and Aunt Jodene.
    I speak for my entire family when I say that Josephine was a true, beautiful person with a heart that touched all of us. There will never be another one like Josephine.

    Thank you Sam for your kindness and warmth. You are a champion in my life.

    I will always remember all of you.

    May God bless you all.

  3. I have so many loving memories of Dee Dee over the years and just can’t imagine a trip to Colorado without seeing her again. I was blessed to have had time with her, and the rest of the family, on our recent trip to Pueblo this past November. I will miss her more than words can express. I am so grateful for all the wonderful memories over the years like; visits to her house, her telling of life when she was a girl, her yummy dinners and delicious baked goods, and her beautifully knitted items. Dee Dee will forever be in my heart as I draw upon the many treasured memories of her.

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