June 27, 1929 ~ April 27, 2021
Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado
Josephine L. Cortese, 91, passed away April 27, 2021. Survived by her children, Sam (Debby) Cortese Jr. and Gracie Clementi (Fiancé, Dr. Larry Jensen); grandchildren, Kari Sandusky, Jamie Faris (Amit Khanna), Sammy Cortese III and Ashley (Scott) Biddle; great-grandchildren, Riley and Hallie Faris, Baylee, Cole and Bobbie Sandusky; numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her loving husband of 69 years, Sam Cortese Sr., who passed away Oct. 5, 2016; son-in-law, John Clementi; grandson, Ben Clementi; grandson-in-law, Jim Sandusky; siblings, Ann (Mike) Giglio, Clara (Moe) Indenbaum, Ralph (Peggy) Rose and Joseph Rose.
Josephine was born to Joseph and Nancy Rose on June 27, 1929, in Pueblo. She retired from Safeway having worked as a receiving clerk and file maintenance clerk.
Josephine enjoyed playing cards, dancing, going to Cripple Creek, making Italian cookies which she shared with her doctors, relatives and friends. She also enjoyed making jewelry, crocheting and cross stitching. She loved to entertain people with her jokes and stories. Josie and Sam were best known for leading the Grand March at numerous Italian weddings. Josephine adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; they were her world! The family thanks Becky Carter for loving and helping them take care of their wonderful mother.
Viewing, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11415 S. Aspen Rd. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com
Funeral Mass: May 3, 2021 10:00 am
St. Joseph Church, Pueblo
1145 S. Aspen Road
Pueblo, CO 81501