Giuseppina "Josie" Bahta Edmonds

December 25, 1940July 25, 2018

Giuseppina “Josie” Bahta Edmonds, 77, of Bloomington passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in I.U. Health, Bloomington Hospital. She was born December 25, 1940 in Asmara Ethiopia the daughter of Ababa Bahta. She was retired from the Residence Halls of Indiana University.

Survivors include her daughter, Marianna Edmonds-Hogue and her husband John of Bloomington; three grandchildren, Cameron Hogue, Christian Hogue and Che Hogue; and one great grandchild, Karianna Marie Hogue. She was preceded in death by her mother.

Josie was of the Catholic Faith. Prior to working for Indiana University she had been an Airline Stewardess with Sudan Airways and had worked with Head Start first by volunteering for 1500 hours before becoming a full time teacher. She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking taking students under her wing at I.U. She was a very social person who was loved by all who knew her and was fluent in 5 languages.

There will be a gathering of family and friends on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM in Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home, 4150 E. Third ST. Graveside Services will be Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 3:00 PM in Garrison Chapel Cemetery, 1900 S. Garrison Chapel Rd with Father Thomas Kovatch officiating.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Giuseppina "Josie" Bahta Edmonds

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janice warkentin

August 1, 2018

visited when in homecare as visited with others as lovely as she. Enjoyed many times as able to visit with Josie and others sharing stories or thoughts. Was impressed Josie knew. 5 languages and we learned a bit together and had fun... Although for me got a bit mixed up... She still was patient and enjoyed trying. Know she love her family very much and remember a few things of a store and we spoke of food as well and things enjoyed making and eating...
Even when she was asleep would visit with others but also let her know how precious she is... It is hard to express the impact she made in such a short time in light of you all who knew her most. Yet so ThankFULL to have known her.
Thoughts and PRAYERCARE with all of you especially family.

myself family and friend who enjoyed getting to know such a sweet precious woman

Judy Griffin

July 30, 2018

I first met Josie in 2002, when I came to work at Indiana University. She was a kindhearted, generous person. The students that came in her path, absolutely adored her, and she them. As a recipient of her kindness and generosity, I will miss her greatly. You taught me a great deal about life Josie.

Kathy Edmonds

July 30, 2018

My condolences to the Edmonds family.
May you find comfort from the Bible and the words found at Revelation 21:4- “And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

Kind Regards,
Kathy Edmonds Adderly

Leona Dunlap-Syk

July 28, 2018

I remember the first time Josie can to the house on 409 S. Grand, Evansville, such a sweet intelligent and friendly person. I remember her coming down to Western Kentucky University to visit and encourage me. She was very wise beyond her years. We Dunlap will always remember her with a warm 💓. You ran your race ,you fought your battle with Grace and dignity; now it's time to take your rest! The Dunlaps

Ellisha Bolton

July 27, 2018

Josie, I’m so honored that I was given s chance to have known you. Since I was a child I was always intrigued by your beauty and grace. You and my mother were such good friends, and many of my childhood memories include you. Always welcoming with hugs and kisses, Such a generous loving soul with a big personality! I love you so very much. Your legacy will continue to live on through your beautiful daughter and grandchildren . Please hug my mommy for me, I’m sure she will be happy to see her good friend again. Rest in paradise... Love, Ellisha & Family