Josephine Leone, 106, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Josephine Leone, 106, formerly of Duffy Street, Watertown, passed away Monday evening, Aug. 29, 2022, at Samaritan Summit Village. Her family wishes to thank the 2nd floor 1 staff for their outstanding care of their mother during her time at Summit.

Born Jan. 11, 1916, in Watertown, a daughter of Anthony and Margaret (Catania) DeFranco, she attended Watertown schools.

On Oct. 1, 1938, she married Frank Leone, Jr. at St. Anthony’s Church with Fr. Claude Sechi officiating. Mr. Leone died June 30, 1960.

She was a seamstress for 80 years. At age 16 in 1932, Josephine began working at Olga Knitting Mill, working there until it closed. From 1981 until her retirement in 2018, she was a seamstress for Hanna Sports Wear, Dexter.

She was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church and a member of its Daughters of Mercy.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading, and spending time with her family.

Josephine is survived by two children, Cathleen M. Arthur and husband, Hugh A. Gilbert, Sackets Harbor, and Frank J. Leone, Syracuse; seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and three great- great-grandchildren; a sister, Carmeline D’Amico, N. Syracuse; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Along with her husband, she was predeceased daughter-in-law Donna M. Leone, April 12, 2022, and by three brothers and six sisters.

A calling hour will be held 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at St. Anthony’s Church followed by the 10 a.m. funeral Mass celebrated. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

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In lieu of flowers donations in Josephine’s name may be made to St. Anthony’s Church, 850 Arsenal St., Watertown, NY 13601.