Josephine Eleanor Firrincieli Viglino

August 29, 1924 ‒ January 27, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio
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

  • My thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Enjoy spending this time as family remembering the beautiful person she was and the legacy that lives on in you. Love, Sarah Masters (Castor) Kelly Kossicks school mate and forever friend.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. She made everyone feel like they were at home in her home. She was a one of a kind lady who I am so thankful that she welcomed in many years ago… An amazing cook, spunky, kind woman who will be missed. Thinking of you all and sending love.

  • Donna, and family,
    We are so very sorry for your great loss. What a beautiful lady inside and out! Your tribute to her is heartwarming. She will never be truly gone from your lives.
    The Schillings

  • Donna and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss but I know that your parents, my dad & Rhonda are having a blast together in heaven! The obituary was a wonderful reflection of just what a truly great woman she was…always feeding someone and making us feel so welcome in her home. I know my dad thought the world of both of your parents and I do too! May God wrap his arms around you now and give you comfort in knowing that she’ll always be near & dear in our hearts!
    God Bless,
    Susie Weekly ( Bottomley)