Andrew J. McGann & Son Funeral Home

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Josephine M. King

January 1, 1918January 23, 2020

Josephine M. King (nee Fiscella), 102, died peacefully in the home of her daughter on January 23. Resident of San Antonio, TX, formerly Orland Park, IL. Dearly beloved wife of the late John T. King, veteran WWII Naval Intelligence, Detective C.P.D. Cherished mother of Carla (Edward) Vesper, Hon. Sheila King (COL. Mark USAF Ret.) Devane (Ret.), Kathleen (Thomas) Gailey, Dr. Anita King (Dr. Harrison) Bowes and John “Jack” (Heather) King. Devoted and fun-loving grandmother of John (Elayne), Daniel (Brittany), Kristine (John), Kevin (fiancée Carol), Matthew (Marnie), Brian, Katherine (fiancé Thomas), Jennifer (Dr. Jeremy), Sara, Jaclyn, Terrance and Janine. Dear great-grandmother of Emily, Timothy, Paul, Angela, Maeve, Brooks, Palmer, Calvin, Maxwell and Charlotte. Preceded in death by her devoted parents, Samuel and Felicia Fiscella and loving siblings, Ferne (Walter) O’Connor, Rita Shine, Patricia (John) Paulls, Richard (Eleanor) Fiscella (COL. U.S. Army Ret.) and Bernard Fiscella (PFC. U.S. Army, Purple Heart recipient). Fond aunt of 36 nieces and nephews. Retired Chicago Public School teacher with 36 years of dedicated service. Lifelong White Sox fan. In lieu of flowers, Masses or donations to Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (tunnel2towers.org) are appreciated.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Interment Saturday, February 1, 2020


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Bertha Macias

February 7, 2020

Mrs. King was my 5th grade and favorite teacher at Seward School. I credit her for shaping my drive and passion to always excel in school. She was so dedicated to her students and demanded the best out of you because she knew you had the potential to succeed. I can’t count how many times in my life I have shared her eyebrow raising story. I even tried to do it with my own children, total failure!

She will be missed by many and my condolences to her extended family. Heaven has gained a great, warm and caring angel.

Rest In Peace Mrs. King

Joan Cameron

February 5, 2020

Mrs. King was my 5th grade and favorite teacher. She brought out the best in me! She helped shape my destiny! I thought about her a lot over the years and will continue to do so! She was truly the best!
I went to her visitation and couldn't believe how well preserved she looked considering she lived till 102. God bless you Mrs. King, rest peacefully!

Joan Cameron

Mary Renteria

February 3, 2020

Mary Renteria
Feb 2 ,2020

I will miss you Mrs King it was a pleasure to be a caregiver for the last year of you’re life . I will cherish the moments we had together we had many conversations but specially the one about her passion for science she will remember names of all animals species her knowledge was incredible.
You always made me feel like family and I thank you for letting me be part of you’re family.
Much Love
Mary , Leane and Noah and Novalie

Mary Renteria

February 3, 2020

Mary Renteria
Feb. 2,2020
I will miss you Mrs.king It was a pleasure to be a caregiver for the last year of you’re life. I will cherish the moments we had together and the many conversations we had but specially the one the I remember about her passion and knowledge for Science .she could still remember everything when she was teaching her students.
You always made me feel like family . Thank you for letting me be part of you're family .
Much love
from Mary and Leane and grandkids . Noah and Novalie

Patricia Fanning

February 3, 2020

Carla, Sheila, Kathleen, Anita and Jack, I will always remember that your mother was a woman who presented herself in a beautiful way. She looked so elegant. It was evident that she had high standards for herself and others. Reading comments from former students I realize that the standards she set in the classroom were looked upon as important to them. They knew she cared for them and wanted them to strive to be their best selves. That is so powerful; she really made a difference. Love to you all.

Patsy King Fanning

Gino and Jackie Russo

January 31, 2020

We will miss our dear friend, Mrs. King. Her shining personality and sense of humor was always a pleasure to be around. We shared so many great conversations and stories throughout the years! She always lit up the room! She will be missed dearly by all those whose lives she touched, including ours.

Gino and Jackie Russo

Skip Klimczak

January 31, 2020

I was lucky enough to be Mrs. King's neighbor and friend for the last 10 or so years and wanted to give my sincere condolences to her family, especially Carla, Shelia, Kathleen, Anita and Jack . You need to know how proud your mom was of all of you. She would tell me stories about all of you always with a smile on her face. She was an amazing women. Her sense of humor and keen wit was remarkable, especially in our White Sox vs Cubs conversations. Anyone that was fortunate enough to know her , will always rememberer her fondly, as will I !

Gregory Gawronski

January 31, 2020

Mrs. King was an outstanding teacher.......second to none. Her compassion and dedication toward her students will always be remembered. Having taught with her for over 25 years was an honor and such a wonderful blessing in my life.

Danealle Kueltzo

January 29, 2020

Josephine King was a wonderful teacher who was a favorite among her students. She was also a loving and caring mentor/friend to us co-workers.

Sandra Wojkowski

January 28, 2020

I was a student of Mrs King in the fourth grade.(1960's) I have always used the many examples she'd taught me throughout my life, including the lessons I taught my own children before they entered a formal school system. She was stern yet very kind. She never failed to give you encouragement, and always expected you to do your best. I have always used her as an example of why my Chicago public school education prepared me for the life I had. I had a different kind of household as a child being raised by a single dad in the 60s and she always took a little extra time with me. I had the pleasure of a phone call from her just after I'd sent her a 100 birthday greeting .
and was so touched that she remembered me and even expressed that she was proud of me. God bless you Mrs. King you have made life much better for many many children.