Josephine Marchiori entered heaven at the glorious age of 104 on Dec. 29, 2010. Survived by son-in-law Arthur Antonioni; grand children Kathy West, Stanley (Lynette) Antonioni, Byron (Judy) Antonioni, all of Pueblo; Sean (Yvette) O’Donoghue of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Vernon (Judy) Antonioni of Muskogee, Oklahoma. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews as well as great and great great grandchildren.
Josephine began her journey in life in the small community of Starkville, Colorado. Throughout her married life to Ben Marchiori (deceased) she raised two daughters, Meda Mae Antonioni (deceased 1/2010) and Rosalie O’Donoghue (deceased 5/2002). Together they ranched on Bear Creek Road and owned Hilltop Dairy once they moved into Walsenburg.
Josephine was an outstanding cook. She was well known for her blue ribbon baking at the County and State Fair levels. She also judged foods at neighboring county fairs, and became well known at the state level. At the age of 65 she served on the governor’s panel promoting healthy eating and nutrition for senior citizens. She represented Colorado at many multi-state meetings encouraging healthy living for seniors. She over saw the daily meals at the Walsenburg Senior Citizens Center. She planned the meals and activities that many seniors enjoyed daily in Walsenburg.
Josephine loved her family and friends and kept up on what everyone was involved in.
We also acknowledge and thank her special care givers, Regina, Bea, Vera, Dolly, Anna, Lorraine and their family who gave her excellent care and companionship.
Services were held January 1, 2011 at 11 am at St Mary Catholic Church in Walsenburg. In lieu of food and flowers please make donations to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice of Huerfano County.