Josephine Bartoli Raguso passed away March 4, 2019, at her home in Canandaigua, New York surrounded by her loving family. She was just shy of her 94th birthday.
Born March 14, 1925 in Donora, Pennsylvania to immigrant parents, Margaret and Anton Bartoli, “Josie” was the third of their five beautiful daughters. At the time of her passing, she was the sole surviving sister.
After finishing high school in Donora, she attended New Castle School of Nursing in New Castle, Pennsylvania and graduated as a Cadet Nurse. It was during that time that she met and married Anthony John Raguso, her husband of 58 years.
Josie was a complete original. She loved people and she was very generous and thoughtful with both family and friends. She kept abreast of current events and always had a book that she was reading so that she could readily discuss many different topics. She was intelligent, had an incredibly sharp wit and always had a thirst for knowledge. She loved to learn the meanings and the origins of words.
She enjoyed baking bread, pizzelles and anisette toast. She loved chocolate, black coffee, Camel non-filters, and scratch off lottery tickets.
Known as “Nini” to her grands and great grands, she took great pleasure in imparting knowledge to them, and frequently used their time together to teach them word origins or words from Italian, Croatian, German and Yiddish languages.
Her truly incredible sense of humor, even in her last days, was legendary. The void created by her passing is tremendous and she will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Josie was predeceased by her husband, Anthony in 2014 and her four sisters, Antoinette Bidzilla, Margaret Vogini, Hilda Stoioff, and Evelyn Jean Doziski.
Josie is survived by her four children: Bartley Raguso, Rebecca Raguso Snyder, Roger (Amy Jane Stewart) Raguso, Joanne (Jill Johnston) Raguso.
Her grandchildren: Emilie Raguso, Anton Raguso, Ariel Raguso, Aerin Raguso,
Adam (Christine) Karaoguz, Kara Karaoguz and granddog ,Epic.
Her great grandchildren: Aidan and Liam Bumpus, Anna Josephine and Jacob Karaoguz and several nieces and nephews.
In her memory, donations may be sent to Ontario Yates Hospice.
A celebration of her life will take place at a later date.