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Josephine Leone

August 29, 2022

josephine leoneJosephine Leone, 106, formerly of Duffy St., Watertown passed away Monday evening, August 29, 2022, at Samaritan Summit Village. Her family wishes to thank the 2nd floor 1 staff for their outstanding care of their mother during her time at Summit.

Josephine was born in Watertown January 11, 1916, daughter of Anthony and Margaret (Catania) DeFranco and she attended Watertown schools.

On October 1, 1938 she married Frank Leone, Jr. at St. Anthony's Church with Fr. Claude Sechi officiating. Mr. Leone died June 30, 1960.

She was a seamstress for 80 years. At age 16 in 1932, Josephine began working at Olga Knitting Mill, working there until it closed. From 1981 until her retirement in 2018, she was a seamstress for Hanna Sports Wear, Dexter. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church and a member of its Daughters of Mercy. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading, and spending time with her family.

Josephine is survived by her 2 children, Cathleen M. Arthur and husband Hugh A. Gilbert, Sackets Harbor and Frank J. Leone, Syracuse; 7 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister Carmeline D'Amico, N. Syracuse; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her husband, she was predeceased daughter-in-law Donna M. Leone, April 12, 2022, and by 3 brothers and 6 sisters.

A calling hour will be held on Thursday, September 8, at St. Anthony's Church from 9 - 10 AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at 10 AM. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in Josephine's name may be made to St. Anthony's Church, 850 Arsenal St., Watertown, NY 13601.


#8 Carol Kohl 2022-09-03 07:59
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Jo. She was a wonderful strong woman with a zest for life. I had the honor of sitting next to her at Hanna Sportswear in dexter for 5 years sewing and hearing about old stories and gaining much knowledge from her, not just about sewing, but life too. She was an amazing woman who will be dearly missed by anyone who knew her. She used to say- “ It’s up to HIM when I go.” I guess the Good Lord has found a spot for her in HIS home.
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#7 Carole Smith 2022-09-02 22:30
To Josephine's family, I am very sorry to hear of her passing. I have many memories of sitting and talking with Josephine,she had many stories of family. I enjoyed helping her to see her family with the iPad when we were on precautions. She was always excited to see them and always told me, there was her baby sister. Fly high Josephine, heaven has another angel.
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#6 Harriet DeFranco 2022-09-02 14:57
So sorry not to be there my thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP,Jo, you will be missed by everyone.
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#5 Harriet DeFranco 2022-09-02 14:48
So sorry I can’t be there my thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP, Jo! You will be missed by us all.
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#4 Jan Johnston-Siver 2022-09-02 09:02
My mother Josephine Johnston and family are very sorry to hear this. There are years of memories, like her and Aunt Jennie shopping on Saturday's, making cookies, seeing walk all over. We had the chance to see her when we visited my mother at the Summit. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
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#3 Cathy Castagnier 2022-09-02 07:10
So sorry for your loss. I still have the purse she made me. Very nice lady! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
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#2 Rosalind Morgia 2022-09-01 20:07
Cathy and family - we are so saddened by the passing of your mother. She lived a full and productive life and will be missed for her beautiful smile. Prayers will be said for her and you.
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#1 Lisa Lowes 2022-09-01 18:43
I am so sorry for your loss I enjoyed the time I spent with her on second floor at Ssv may she rest in peace.
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