Josephine “Jo“ (Palazzo) Tedeschi, 81, passed away on March 8, 2014 at Kent Hospital with her children by her side. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Ernest J. “Sonny” Tedeschi, Sr. They were married for 60 years.
She was a daughter of the late Giuseppe and Antonetta (Martone) Palazzo. Jo was employed by the Warwick School Department until her retirement and previously with Old Stone Bank and Speidel/Textron. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in West Warwick. Constantly giving of her time and energy with her beautiful smile and nurturing personality, Jo volunteered tirelessly for the ENV Ladies
Auxiliary, The Natick Village Assoc., Sacred Heart Church and various other charities throughout her lifetime. Her favorite hobbies included dancing, listening to music, sewing and organizing her annual family reunion, which spanned four generations. She was a caring and invaluable friend to many and her family was her world.
She was the devoted mother of Ernest J. Tedeschi, Jr. and his wife, Deborah of Warwick and Donna M. Mangione and her husband, Philip of East Greenwich. Loving grandmother of Michelle Tedeschi Frechette and Steven E.J. Tedeschi. Cherished great-grandmother of Dante and James Frechette. Adored sister of Ann Monroe Hecker of Florida, Theresa Hawkins of South Carolina, Ursula Gaule of Warwick and the late Clement, Biagio, Angelo, Antonio, John and Henry Palazzo, Rose Tedeschi, Mary Heck and Bridget
Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. from The Prata-Murphy Funeral Home, 78 Providence Street, West Warwick with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, 820 Providence Street, West Warwick. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, Warwick. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory to The American Heart Assn., P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 would be appreciated. www.murphyfuneralhomes.org