Josephine L. Cortese

josephine cortese

June 27, 1929 ~ April 27, 2021

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

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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,


Viewing: May 2, 2021 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


Funeral Mass: May 3, 2021 10:00 am

St. Joseph Church, Pueblo
1145 S. Aspen Road
Pueblo, CO 81501


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  1. I have so many fond memories of Miss Josephine. She was always so kind, funny, and welcoming. Kari and I loved making forts by her house. My condolences to the entire family.

  2. She told me to just call her grandma. So I did. I have many happy memories with her in them alongside her grandchildren. She and Sam were a hop, skip and jump away for the neighborhood kids to visit. I can still smell the food cooking on the stove. She and Sam were both incredible people and a beautiful couple. Our condolences to Gracie, Sam, Debbie, Kari, Jamie, Sammy and grandchildren.

  3. My beautiful and amazing Aunt Josie, you’re going to be missed by everyone. You were soo loving and an absolute thrill to be around. Thank you soo much for all the amazing memories and laughs that we had. I’m gonna miss our conversations soo much and you beating me in cards. I know you’re so excited to be reunited with Uncle Sam . Enjoy your time in heaven with your soulmate, I’ll see you guys at the card table in the future!

    Love you soo much,

  4. Having worked with Josie at Safeway for many years, I came to know her and Sam as the kind and fun loving couple that they were. As she joins Sam in heaven, May they both Rest In Peace.

    Jim and Tomma Parco

  5. My sincere condolences to all of Josie’s family. Josie lived a good life and has a wonderful family and friends to attest to her kindness to all. She will be missed by many. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal…Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

  6. Aunt Josie was always a fun loving person to be with. Great at playing cards and telling jokes. The family will always miss her but know she is in heaven partying with the rest of family that went before her.
    My deepest condolences to Sammy, Gracie and all the family members of Josie and Sam.

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