Josephine "Jozina"'s Story
GLOUCESTER- Josephine "Josie" "Jozina" (Randazza) Ciaramitaro, 87, of Gloucester, passed away February 13, 2018.
She was born November 24 1930, the beloved wife of the late Paul Ciaramitaro.
Josie died on February 13th, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born November 24 1930, in Gloucester; she was the youngest and the last surviving child of the late Thomas and Grace (Parisi) Randazza.
Josie grew up 'Down the Fort', in which she had many stories of her childhood, she spent a lot of time on Pavilion Beach and even walked the greasy pole after Fiesta.
She started working in the Fishing industry at a young age, after the loss of her father. She became an avid Fish Cutter and worked on the waterfront for many years.
In keeping with her family tradition, she held a large St Joseph feast in which grew bigger and bigger every year, everyone always commented how her St Joseph spaghetti was the best they ever had.
She enjoyed going to 'Camp' in Maine, taking in the wildlife and watching her great grandchildren fish, swim and enjoy the outdoors. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the light of her life.
Everyone, not just family referred her as Ma, Grandma and Aunt Josie she always made everyone feel like they were family.
If you needed a place to lay your head her door was always open.
She loved cooking for her family, their friends and probably fed most of the city at times.
Everyone knew Josie and had their own special story to tell about her. She will always be remembered for her great generosity, infectious smile and her beautiful skin.
She was a member of the Seafood Retirees and the Madonna Del Rosario.
She is survived by her son, Wayne Ciaramitaro and his wife, Sharon; a daughter Roselle LeClair; grandchildren, Tanaia, Sharai and Eric; great-grandchildren Nicholas, Jude, Jaden and Jackson, many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was predeceased by her sons, Salvatore and Paul, a son-in-law, Gene LeClair and a granddaughter, Kristy Ciaramitaro.
In keeping with her wishes there will be no visiting hours.
There will be a Mass at Holy Family, Friday, February 23, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at the Elks Lodge from 10:30 to 3 p.m.
Published on February 16, 2018