Josephine Onofrietti
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Josephine Onofrietti
  • February 8, 1918 - May 28, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Josephine Onofrietti, 99, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at her home in Raleigh, NC; where she has resided for the last ten years. She was born February 8, 1918 in Newark, NJ to Joseph DeRobertis and Maria Archangela (Angelina) Rotunda DeRobertis, the 6th of 11 children. She was a strong and independent woman who loved her family more than life. Josephine spent most of her adult life living and working in NJ where she was a seamstress in the clothing manufacturing industry.

She loved to dance, garden, bake and crochet hats for new born babies at the hospital and made an abundance of shawls/lap blankets for the infirmed and elderly. She spent many of her retirement years visiting the sick and bringing food and clothing to those in need. In her last years at the Meadows Community, Josephine enjoyed passing the time with her friends, especially her best friend Irene.

Josephine is survived by her daughters, Frances Paynter and Phyllis Onofrietti; her brother Renaldo (Lenny) and his wife Frances; six grandchildren, Jacqueline, Pamela, Steven, Tracy Ann, Paul Joseph, Maria Felice; seven great-grandchildren, as well as, many nieces and nephews.

Josephine is predeceased by her husband, Philip Onofrietti; grandson, Philip Paynter; brothers, Mario, Anthony, Frank, Hugh and Albert; sisters, Marzia Ruggiero, Anna Munson, Angelina Dinges, Helen DeRobertis; and by a good friend, Jerry Burgio.

A Funeral Mass will be said at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Nutley, NJ on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:30 am, with interment at Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield, NJ.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11 am in the St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi (11401 Leesville Road in Raleigh, NC), followed by a luncheon at the Meadows at Brier Creek.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Josephine's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 50 Memphis, TN 38101-9929, website www.stjude.org