Josephine Petrosky Smith
Josephine Petrosky Smith
  • December 3, 1922 - September 28, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Josephine Petrosky "Jo" Smith, 94, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Elmer F. Smith and parents, Julius A. and Rosale T. (Kalinowsky) Petrosky. She is survived by her brother, Lawrence George Petrosky; nieces, Sharon Biel, Donna Walker and husband Terris. Other loving family members include William Stanton Smith and wife Roz, Aleta (Smith) Woods and husband Gary, Keith Smith and wife Sharon, Spring (Minh Xuan) Doan and husband Tien, as well as many other nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

Jo worked at Exxon in Land Owner Relations. She was a founding member and helped start St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Houston. She loved God and even more, doing the Lord's work such as teaching children at St. Cecilia.

Jo never had children of her own, but touched the hearts of many, many people, young and old. She was kind hearted and loved doing things for her nieces and nephews, gave to many charities and even sponsored children from another country. She loved her Chihuahua and pets. Jo and Elmer enjoyed traveling to various places around the world and she never met a stranger. She learned and spoke many languages and just loved life in general.

You will be deeply missed and always loved.

Family and friends gathered for a visitation on Monday, October 2, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston, where Deacon Frank Davis led the Vigil service at 6:30 p.m.

The Funeral Liturgy was held on Tuesday, October 3, at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 11720 Joan of Arc, with Reverend Eli Lopez as celebrant. Following a brief reception, the Rite of Committal followed at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.