Josephine Loraine (Croshal) Martellaro

josephine martellaro

October 25, 1934 ~ June 25, 2023

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

On June 25, 2023, Josephine Loraine (Croshal) Martellaro was called home by the Heavenly Father.
Josephine was a lifelong resident of Pueblo, Colorado. Together with her husband and the love of her life, Tony Martellaro, she raised 6 children on their family farm. Her commitment to each one of them and her unending love for them will forever be cherished.
Josephine had a pure heart which touched an uncountable number of people who became lifelong friends. She greeted everyone with open arms and treated them as if they were her family. Her love was remarkable and shined through in everything she did. Her happiness, true heart and contagious smile was what you noticed the first time you met her and you would never forget the feeling of her enduring love when she would wrap her arms around you in a warm hug.
Josephine was employed by the Pueblo Army Depot, and Pueblo School District 70. She was a lifelong member of St Mary’s Church, she belonged to KSKJ, the Eagles, Sons of Italy, and WSA. She also supported many local events.
Josephine and Tony loved to dance and never let a good song get by them without joining in on the dance floor. Josephine and Tony loved to travel and made it a point to visit family wherever they were living during their many trips. Once retired they made multiple trips to Europe meeting family from other parts of the world. She loved seeing the sights and learning about new cultures. Josephine was a self-taught painter and has many beautiful paintings decorating their home. Being a creative person, she also enjoyed sewing and painting ceramics. Josephine spent countless hours tending to her garden growing everything from flowers to fruits and vegetables. She believed everyone needed to eat and was in her happiest place while cooking traditional foods like potica and strudels, which she shared with everyone.
Josephine is survived by her husband, Tony Martellaro; daughter, Jeanette (Pat) Jensen; daughter, Debbie Carleo; daughter, Chris (Tom) Martellaro-Ruth; son, Anthony (Brenda) Martellaro; daughter, Lisa (Paul) Bottini; son, Frank (Carey) Martellaro; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Louise Antrim and Dolores Morlang; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Greeting her in Heaven are her parents, Josephine and Frank Croshel; brother, Frank Croshal; sister, Agnes Breece; and sister, Virginia Stefanich.
Viewing, 4-6 p.m. Monday, July 3, 2023, in the Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel.
Rosary, 1 p.m. July 12, 2023, with the funeral Mass to follow. The Rosary and Mass will be held at St Mary Church, 307 E Mesa Ave., Pueblo. Interment will follow the Mass at Roselawn Cemetery. Online condolences,


Viewing: July 3, 2023 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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


Funeral Mass: July 12, 2023 1:00 pm

St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church
307 E. Mesa Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81006


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  1. Our thoughts and prayers for you Lisa and all the family your mom was very special always loved her she is now a beautiful Angel ❤️

  2. Josephine was a great lady. She will be missed! Our condolences to your family.
    Richard & Patricia Zabukovic

  3. Sending you all prayers and hugs, we are so very sorry for your loss. Jo always supported her family with so much love. She will truly be missed by all.

  4. Josephine will always be in our hearts, and we will never forget the time we spent together.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this painful time

  5. Jeannette,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. It is so hard. I think about you and your family every time I visit dad and drive by your parents place on South Road. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  6. Sad to read of Josephine’s passing. First met her when teaching at Vineland Elementary and then through her career with District 70. Josephine was a dear lady and her passing will leave a big hole in the community. I pray that all the wonderful memories of great family times will give some comfort to all. May God hold all of you tightly in His loving arms during this difficult time. Love and prayers to all.

  7. Uncle Tony and all the family I am truly sorry for you loss. I thank you for sharing Aunt Jo with me and my family. She was always so sweet to include us on every occasion. Her smile will be missed. Prayers for all your family.

  8. Prayers and hugs to the family of Josephine. She was such a wonderful and special. I loved visiting with her, Tony and Jeanette after church.

  9. Our prayers of comfort. Josephine was always a very special lady. With our love and sympathy.

  10. Grandma, I love you and miss you so much! I hope you are dancing away, painting beautiful pictures, and winning all the card games! Thank you for making memories with me, teaching me many life lessons, giving me 27 beautiful years of love. I pray you’re at peace now watching over all of us. You will be dearly missed by so many. We love you and miss you very much!

  11. My beautiful grandma. I miss you more than anything. Your kind hart and soul live threw us all.

    I pray your in comfort and health. I pray you watch over us all! Your memory and amazing memories you made here are forever cherished.

  12. Dear Janette: please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. She was quite a lady. 🩷🙏🩷

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. Josephine was such a kind and wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  14. Thoughts & prayers to all, LOVE Family, we are here for everyone 🙏
    Love Dan Linda Breece & family

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