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Josephine M. (Guarino) Rotella of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Monday, March 6 at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Facility in Lewiston. She was born in Niagara Falls, NY, on July 6, 1925. Josephine was the wife of the late Alfred Rotella and daughter of the late Charles and Arlene (Granto) Guarino; sister of the late Gordon (late Tessie) Guarino.
Josephine was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother loved by all who knew her. She attended local schools and was a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls. She worked for many years at Guarino's Horseshoe Restaurant, owned by her parents. In her later years, she was employed by Niagara Ramps until her retirement in 1989. Josephine was a parishioner at her beloved St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church where she attended mass. She volunteered in many capacities at both the church and school over many years, alongside her sister-in-law, Tessie, and a close circle of friends. She was a past member of both the Madonna Del Carmine and Madonna Del Soccorso spiritual groups at St. Joseph's, providing prayer and support to parishioners. She loved baseball and shared that with her grandsons, and was a diehard Yankees fan.
Josephine is survived by two daughters, Mary Jo (Rick) Corbi of Wheatfield, NY and Jacqueline (James) Filippelli of Niagara Falls, NY; three grandsons, her pride and joy, Michael, Jonathan and James. She is also survived by her nephew, Charles (Della) Guarino; nieces, Arlene (Charles) Page and Terri Guarino Ciccarelli, In addition, she is survived by her many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
The family will be present on Thursday, March 9, at 9:00 AM at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church of Jesus, Mary and Joseph at 1413 Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls, NY, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Stewart Lindsay, O.S.F.S. officiating.
Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made in her name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the charity she loved and supported throughout her life. 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY.
Arrangements by M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD NIAGARA FALLS, NY. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guest register.
Published on March 7, 2017
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