Josephine Virginia Moliterno (ne Mendicino) passed away Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. She was born May 16, 1934, to Virginia Mendicino (ne Maglocci) and Saverio Mendicino and was raised in Vandergrift with three sisters and a brother. She graduated from Vandergrift High School and worked for Beigley's Grocery Store on Hancock Avenue, where her work was greatly appreciated by the store owners. Josephine married Anthony Joseph Moliterno June 13, 1953, and the couple raised three daughters. Josephine was fully devoted to her role as mother and homemaker. She loved teaching and playing with her children and being involved in their formal education. She worked as a volunteer teacher aide and homeroom mother in her children's classrooms at St. Gertrude's School and served as president of the Parent Teacher Organization. Josephine encouraged her daughters to be independent, open-minded, fair and caring individuals and to pursue their dreams. Being highly creative and having an eye for design, Josephine enjoyed decorating her home, drawing, and doing crafts. She also loved cooking and baking. She found great pleasure in having her family, neighbors and friends feel welcome in her home. Mrs. Moliterno was a devout member of St. Gertrude's Catholic Church, where she taught catechism classes and was an active member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She was involved in many of the organization's fundraising projects and traveled with the group to attend various social events. Josephine's love of the arts included theatrical and musical productions. She attended many of the Civic Light Opera, the Pittsburgh Ballet and numerous other musical and theater performances with the CDofA and with her family, even traveling as far as the Hollywood Bowl in California to attend a performance by Andrea Bocelli. Josephine enjoyed traveling and made several trips to Alaska and to California (one of which by train), as well as numerous excursions to neighboring states and Canada. With cherished friends and neighbors, Josephine participated in a longstanding sewing club. She loved crocheting and she gifted much of her handiwork to her children, her grandchildren and their spouses, and many relatives and friends. She rarely was seated without yarn and a crocheting needle on her lap in the passionate endeavor of completing a beautiful, uniformly-stitched project. Josephine volunteered for the local Meals-on-Wheels Program, helping to prepare food for those in need. A model citizen and ardent in her belief of civic duty to community and country, she worked diligently for many years at the voting polls. Josephine was preceded in death by her parents, Saverio and Virginia Mendicino; her husband of 65 years, Anthony Moliterno; and her sister, Isabel Rendek. She is survived by her sister, Rose Szymanski, currently of Pittsburgh; twin sister, Mary Virostek Neale and her husband, Archie, of Vandergrift; and brother, Sam Mendicino and his wife, Margaret (Peggy), currently of Somerset. Josephine is also survived by her three daughters, Denise Moliterno and husband, Michael Ford, of Ridgecrest, Calif., Marisa Simmons and husband, Cliff Simmons, of Kittanning, and Maria Kramer and husband, Mark Kramer, of Sarver. Josephine was very proud of her legacy, her loving grandchildren: Whitney (Simmons) Lamb and husband, Bill Lamb, of Allison Park, Eric Ford, of Santa Barbara, Calif., Sarah (Kramer) Padden and husband, Will Padden, of Lower Burrell, David Kramer and wife, Becca (Phillips) Kramer, of Wexford, and Emily Kramer and fiance, Jess Hicks, of Homer City. Josephine will be sorely missed by many friends, cousins, nieces, and nephews. In the last years of her life, Josephine was cared for lovingly by her local daughters, Marisa and Maria and in her last year, additionally by the attentive staff of Beacon Ridge Skilled Nursing Facility in Indiana. The family is eternally grateful for their tender and thorough care. At the request of the family, visitation will be private. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in St. Gertrude's Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, at with Father James Loew, O.S.B. as celebrant. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH. To respect the health and safety of all those in attendance, wearing a mask is required. Entombment in Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. Arrangements have been entrusted to the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., Vandergrift. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be offered in Josephine's name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD, 21741-5014. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com
Published by The Valley News Dispatch on Nov. 24, 2021.