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In Memory of

Josephine Mary Damico

October 15, 1918 - June 15, 2017

Obituary


Josephine Damico



<!-- Josephine Damico --><!-- DisplayFullObituaryText -->Josephine Mary Damico died June 15 at the age of 98 years and 8 months. She was born to Carmela and Louis Damico who immigrated from Sicily. In her close and colorful Italian family she was everyone's protector and was known for her selflessness and infectious personality. A graduate of Phillips High School, Josie was persuaded by the manager of the Simmons Beautyrest Company, Mr. Baker, a customer of the Damico store, to work for Simmons temporarily during WWII. That temporary job lasted thirty six years. Her...

Josephine Damico



<!-- Josephine Damico --><!-- DisplayFullObituaryText -->Josephine Mary Damico died June 15 at the age of 98 years and 8 months. She was born to Carmela and Louis Damico who immigrated from Sicily. In her close and colorful Italian family she was everyone's protector and was known for her selflessness and infectious personality. A graduate of Phillips High School, Josie was persuaded by the manager of the Simmons Beautyrest Company, Mr. Baker, a customer of the Damico store, to work for Simmons temporarily during WWII. That temporary job lasted thirty six years. Her wit, warmth and enviable work ethic made her popular among her colleagues in the furniture industry. In addition to her day job, she cheerfully worked in the neighborhood grocery stores of her parents and her sisters. She was predeceased by her sisters: Mary Damico DeCarlo, Lucy Damico Bushman, Clara Damico and Sara Damico Cox; and by her brothers: Sam Damico, Paul Damico, Joe Damico and Frank Damico. A family icon to generations of nieces and nephews who adored her, she remarkably attained the status of great-great-great aunt. They will long remember her Sunday dinners, stories, sayings and her enduring generosity. Her fierce determination enabled her to continue to work the crossword puzzles she enjoyed and to live independently in her own home until the end of her life of almost 99 years. Josie was a member of St. Paul's Cathedral. Father Bryan W. Jerabek will officiate a funeral mass 11:00 a.m. at Ridouts Elmwood Chapel. We, her family, were indeed richly blessed.



Published in The Birmingham News on June 18, 2017