Josephine K. Blodgett, 95, of Johnstown, passed away peacefully on February 5th, 2014, at the Mountain Valley Hospice, Gloversville with the love and support of her family by her side.
Josephine was born in Gloversville, NY, on February 4th, 1919, the daughter of John Hendrick and Nellie (Gurga) Perrone. She was educated in the Gloversville city schools. She was united in marriage to Edgar W. Blodgett on December 2nd, 1944, with whom she shared an enduring, loving relationship of 39 years. In their early marriage, she and Ed operated a turkey farm in Hope, NY. Throughout the course of her life she was employed at General Telephone Co., Mayfield Central School, Daniel Hayes, Gates and Mills, and Society Hill Linen Co. Josephine was a devoted communicant of the Sacred Heart Church, Gloversville and a member of their Rosary Society. Josephine was also a member of the Gloversville and Johnstown Senior Citizens.
Josephine was a loving wife, exceptional mother, daughter, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a good friend to all those with whom she shared her life. Her priorities, her concerns, and her responsibilities revolved around her family. Gifted with a kind attitude, a loving manner, strong spirit, and an optimistic outlook on life, she always kept her heart and home open to those who sought comfort and warmth. Possessing a zest for life, an energetic approach to life's obligations and a steadfast work ethic, she put her best effort into daily living and was rewarded with the best that everyday had to offer. Jo enjoyed spending time with family and friends; an excellent cook who loved to host parties and holiday gatherings at the "homestead in Mayfield. She found solace in keeping house, gardening, and tending her many flowers.
In her later years, she enjoyed bowling, golfing, puzzles, crafting, and especially playing cards. Jo also enjoyed numerous senior citizens trips with her friends. Jo was an avid Yankees fan, which brought her much joy or frustration, depending on how they were doing that season.
Josephine was the epitome of growing old with grace and dignity, facing life's limits, challenges, and changes with acceptance and a sense of humor. A woman of strong faith, independence, and perpetual optimism, she was an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.
Josephine is survived by her five sons: David G. (Sandy) of Gloversville, John W. of Abbot, ME, Thomas R. of Naples, Florida, E. Terry (Darlene) of Perth, and Todd J. (Ken) of Little Falls; seven grandchildren: Karen, Jeffrey, Jill, Nell, Jamie, Evan and Kyle; two great-grandchildren: Mason and Stella. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as several dear friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Edgar W., on January 29th, 1984.
Family and friends are invited to a Christian burial mass in Josephine's honor at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 153 S. Main St., Gloversville on Tuesday, February 11th, at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a memorial donation to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Chapel Stained Glass Window Fund, 151 S. Main St., Gloversville, NY, or the Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, NY.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville. Please visit the family online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.
The family offers its heartfelt gratitude to the compassionate staff of Mountain Valley Hospice for their professional care, comfort, support and encouragement shown to Josephine and her family.