Josephine Geronimo Johannes passed into God’s hands surrounded by family, and friends in Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 11, 2020. She was 94 years young!
Josephine was born on August 7, 1925. She grew up in Jamaica, NY in the loving, extended-family home of her parents, Madeline and Raphael Geronimo, and her four sisters and one brother and their families.
Josephine graduated from John Adams High School, Queens, NY. After attending Secretarial School, Jo worked in Manhattan until her marriage to Ronald P. Johannes in 1948. Jo and Ron raised five children while living in Levittown, NY; Port Jefferson, NY; and Naples, FL.
Jo was an active member of the St. Charles Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers in Port Jefferson. She was a Librarian’s Assistant at Earl L Vandermuellen High School. Jo retired from The Collier County Public Library in Naples, FL. She quickly began volunteering again at Consignment Shops and St. Williams Church.
Jo enjoyed beaching, dancing, playing tennis, bowling, tea parties, reading, Beanie Baby collecting, traveling, and playing cards. Some of her all-time favorite groups she was a part of were The Gourmet Dinner Group, the Platinum Girls Dance group, and Martini Card Club!
Josephine is survived by her five children: Diane (Tim); Lauren Johannes-Mihalek; Sandra Ellis (Emory); Debra Novak (Tom); and Glenn Johannes (Cindy). In addition, Grandma Jo adored her eleven grandchildren and their spouses; Tim, Emory, Ben, Rebecca, Ryan, Aleah, Keith, Michaela, Alex, John, Michael, Nolan, Dylan, Tyler, Eryn.
A viewing will be held in Albuquerque on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9:30 a.m. with a Funeral Service to follow at 10:00 a.m. at FRENCH – Westside for all our family and friends that have been a big part of our lives in New Mexico. For those that live in New Mexico in lieu of flowers donations can be made to NDI New Mexico www.ndi-nm.org or Friends of the Public Library www.friendsofthepubliclibrary.org in Josephine’s name.
Jo will return to her hometown in Naples, Florida. A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Hodges Funeral Home Naples Memorial Gardens at 525 111th Ave. N. Naples, FL 34108. A Mass will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at Saint William Catholic Church at 601 Seagate Dr. Naples, FL 34103 with interment to follow at Hodges Funeral Home Naples Memorial Gardens.
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