OBITUARY

Josephine Faso Mucciolo

September 27, 1917March 29, 2013

Josephine Mucciolo, 95, a long-time resident of Burbank, CA passed away Friday, March 29, 2013 at Villa Scalabrini in Sun Valley, CA. Born Giuseppina Cosima Faso on September 27, 1917 in Caccamo, Sicily, she was the daughter of Geni Giglio and Rosario Faso. After her father died she was left with relatives in Sicily when her mother emigrated to the United States with her new husband Rosario “Sam” Giglio. At age 12 she came to the United States alone aboard the steamer “Roma” to join her mother and stepfather in New York. In 1941 she married Anthony Mucciolo in Flushing. They remained married for 67 years until Anthony’s death in 2009. Josephine dedicated her life to taking care of family and service to her community. As she graduated the 8th grade from P.S.120 in New York, she was given an award for her service to the school. While in Burbank, she was granted many awards, including the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s council on Service and Civic Participation, recognition from the U. S. Senate, the California State Senate, and the California State Assembly for her work with the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and commendations from the Mayor of Burbank, the County of Los Angeles, and the U. S. Senate for outstanding and invaluable service to the community. Josephine was also recognized for her service to Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center before she “retired” there. Josephine is survived by her son, Michael and his wife Ramona of Michigan, son Gene and his wife Helen of Wisconsin, and daughter Natalie and her partner Karlin of North Hollywood, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Visitation and Rosary will be held 7pm Wednesday, April 3 at Valley Funeral Home in Burbank. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am Thursday, April 4 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, with internment to follow at San Fernando Mission.

Services

  • Rosary Wednesday, April 3, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, April 4, 2013
  • Burial Thursday, April 4, 2013
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Eddie Conner

April 15, 2013

My Prayers and thoughts are with your family. In love always, Eddie

John Prinzi

April 6, 2013

My “cousin” Josephine Mucciolo - a “distant” but a most important family relative.

Josephine was the daughter of Rosario Faso, one of eight siblings of Giovanni & Caterina Faso. One of the other daughters was Concetta – later to become Concetta Prinzi, my mother, making Josephine a first cousin to my sisters Maria (Gianfortune) and Giuseppina (Vota) and me, John Prinzi.

My earliest memory of Cousin Jo is when we all lived in Queens near the old World's Fair Grounds. I remember that Cousin Jo migrated from New York to California in 1944 because her husband Anthony had been wounded in the war and was hospitalized there. While I was recuperating from a wound in Brussels, I received a letter from Tony Mucciolo and for a while we managed to communicate with one another.

As the post war years went by, my mother and sisters exchanged letters with cousin Jo. The Mucciolo family saw us on visits to NY in 1948 and 1953. Other than those visits, we only exchanged Christmas cards.

A continent apart, each of our families grew in size. My first direct contact with my distant cousin Jo in Burbank occurred in 1962 while in San Francisco on business. My family joined me and we decided to fly to Southern California to Disneyland. I contacted Cousin Josephine who was ecstatically happy at the prospect of hosting our stay. The hospitality extended by the Mucciolo family to the Prinzi family was not to be believed, a subject of conversation even to this day.

Cousin Jo and I never saw each other again. The years flew by. Communication between us was little - Christmas cards and a scattering of notes in-between.

In 1998, I decided to take my wife, Ona to my birthplace, Caccamo in Sicily. That's when I really needed cousin Jo. She was the expert with family in the old country.

She provided long-distance introductions to my only remaining relatives in Caccamo: The “Scaletta” family, direct descendants of the Faso family. Josephine's introductions were paramount to bringing me and my wife Ona, face to face with my only remaining direct relatives on my mother's side: the FASO family…. its patriarchs, matriarchs, and siblings of the newest generation. They were most kind to us and like cousin Jo, their hospitality was superb.

Cousin Jo's magnanimous intercession allowed my daughter Debbie with her husband Michael to visit the Scaletta family when they too decided to travel to Sicily to meet her father's relatives a few years later.

Although we seldom saw each other face to face in our lifetimes, my cousin, Josephine Muccciolo will be always remembered by the Prinzi family, as a dear, most accommodating, ready-to-assist albeit long distance, descendant of the Faso family.

She's undoubtedly in heaven, already organizing a bingo game and growing some of the finest fig trees ever seen. Cousin Jo will be sorely missed – I only hope she'll welcome me as she always did, when it's my time.

Jeff

April 5, 2013

Goodbye, Grandma. I am so proud and lucky to have known you. You will be missed.

G. Freeman

April 3, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

April 3, 2013

Meagan, May god comfort you and your family with peace and strength at this sad time. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Love Karen and Thurmon Dickson

James Callan

April 3, 2013

My aunt Josephine will be missed by all her friends and family, we all remember the countless times she invited us over during the holidays, to enjoy her great cooking and being able to visit with her and Anthony, James Callan

Gary McGuire

April 3, 2013

So sorry for your loss.

Sandi Beelen

April 3, 2013

Grandma was such a loving woman and accepted us (Ramona's daughters) as her own grandchildren. She will be missed greatly.

April 3, 2013

Josephine Mucciolo, 95, a long-time resident of Burbank, CA passed away Friday, March 29, 2013. Born Giuseppina Cosima Faso on September 27, 1917 in Caccamo, Sicily, she was the daughter of Geni Indorante Giglio and Rosario Faso. After her father died she stayed with relatives in Sicily as her mother emigrated to the US. At age 12 she came to the US alone aboard the SS Roma. In 1941 she married Anthony Mucciolo. They remained married for 67 years until Anthony's death in 2009.

Josephine dedicated her life to taking care of family and service to her community. While in Burbank, she was granted many awards, including the President's Volunteer Service Award, and commendations from the US Senate, the California State Senate, the California State Assembly, the County of LA, and the Mayor of Burbank for her life-long, outstanding and invaluable service to the community. Josephine was also recognized for her service to Villa Scalabrini and for her work at the Bell Jeff Bingo.

Josephine is survived by her son, Michael and his wife Ramona of Michigan, son Gene and his wife Helen of Wisconsin, and daughter Natalie and partner Karlin of North Hollywood, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation and Rosary will be 7pm Wednesday at Valley Funeral Home in Burbank. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10am Thursday at St. Robert's Church, with internment to follow at San Fernando Mission.

Tricia Gosling

April 2, 2013

What an amazing life and how proud you all must be to have known her. Much love to all who loved her.