Josephine Eleanor Firrincieli Viglino
August 29, 1924 ‒ January 27, 2016
Formerly of New York, New York
Josephine Eleanor Firrincieli Viglino passed away January 27, 2016. She was 91.
Josephine “Josie” was born August 29, 1924 in New York, New York to parents Giovanni and Teresina (Balestrero) Firrincieli. She graduated from Washington Irving High School in New York City. Shortly after WWII, she married Aldo Francis Viglino at St. Rapheal’s Catholic Church, New York, New York, April 20, 1947, and they celebrated 67 years of marriage until Aldo’s passing last January 16, 2015.
A homemaker most of her life, Josie was creative, crafty and gifted at the art of calligraphy. She loved reading (everything), and a day was not complete until she finished her newspaper and daily crossword puzzle.
In their earlier years, Josie and the love of her life, Aldo, enjoyed ballroom dancing at Coney Island and New York City dance halls. Here in Mansfield, Josie would dig through their old 45’s to find “Stompin at the Savoy”, and their wedding song, “Dancing in the Dark.” She would playfully coax the reluctant Aldo to dance around their living room. In their golden years, this was a precious moment for all to behold.
Josie cherished her family, she taught all, especially her grandchildren, affectionately called bella, cookie, or poochie, the lost art of family meal time. The expression “breaking bread” became breaking many loaves of bread, because this special time was to catch-up, reflect, sometimes debate not argue, but, most of all laugh. Without her, there would not be an appreciation of liverwurst, Italian bowknot cookies, homemade gnocchi, and polenta. (And let us not forget Murder She Wrote.)
Josie was the ultimate cook, baker and hostess, because she was so passionate about food. There was hardly a recipe in her cookbooks or handwritten recipe cards without the word “Delish” beside them. She loved to celebrate everything, and every celebration deserved her fine heirloom china, cut crystal, and crocheted tablecloth.
Josephine is survived by her children Denise (William “Bill”) Smith of Woodstock New York, Dennis (Christine) Viglino of Aquashicola, Pennsylvania, and Donna Kennedy of Mansfield, Ohio; six grandchildren Kimberly Muscarella, Jason Viglino, Justin Viglino, Kelly (Edward) Kossick, John Kennedy, and Sarah Kennedy; seven great grandchildren; niece and god daughter Patricia “Pat” Orena; nephews Philip (Barbara) Gavosto, and Francis “Frank” Savarese.
Josephine was preceded in death by her loving husband, Aldo; her parents; her sisters Mary Fracchia and Lucia “Lucy” Gavosto; her sister-in-law Mary Savarese; brother-in-laws Joseph “Jackie” Savarese, Mauro Fracchia, Ernesto “Tino” Gavosto, and granddaughter through marriage Kelly Viglino.
So, Josie, mom, grandma, or nonnie, we will bring out the fine china, cut crystal, and crocheted tablecloth to break the loaves and celebrate a life well-lived!
Please make contributions in her memory to Msgr. Dunn Fund at St. Peters Catholic Church, Mansfield Ohio.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Josie’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com