Marilyn A. (Rich)'s Story

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Mrs. Marilyn A. (Rich) Josephson, 83, of Gloucester, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday afternoon in Addison Gilbert Hospital. She was the wife of the late Harold J. “Geese” Josephson.
Marilyn was born June 18, 1932, in Gloucester, daughter of the late Alfred and Anna (McKay) Rich. She was a lifelong resident of Gloucester and a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1950.
She worked for Peter Smith Publisher as a secretary for over 25 years until her retirement.
She was a member of the Martha Washington Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. She served as an advisor and Past Mother advisor of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. She was also the recipient of the Grand Cross of Color, the highest honor that an adult can be awarded by Rainbow. She was a Past President of the B.P.W, a member of the Gloucester Garden Club, and made many donations to local charities including the Humane Society.
Marilyn is survived by her four devoted daughters, Lisa A. Eastman and her husband, Richard of Gloucester, Linda J. Hand and her husband, Daniel of Adams, Tenn., Julie Anna DeFuria and her husband, Dana of Beverly, and Amy Beth Poole of Seminole, Fla.; her brother, Stephen Rich and his wife, Robin of Gloucester; her loving grandchildren, Seth T. and Melanie Muise, Amanda H. Greeke, Aaron W. and Adam R. Greeke, Casey D. Eastman and Alyssa A. Poole; and her great-grandchildren, Kyle J. Jones, Matthew and Erica Spragg, Donivan and Bailey Greeke, Madison and Reese Curcuru, Marley and Cameron Muise. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brothers, William and David Rich.
In honoring Marilyn’s wishes, funeral services and burial in Calvary Cemetery will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester.
Published on  May 31, 2016
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