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Josephine Marie Williams

March 15, 1926February 7, 2020

Josephine (Vitagliano) Williams, 93, of Davenport Iowa passed away Friday February 7, 2020. No services will be held. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com. Josephine was born in Detroit, Michigan March 15, 1926 and later moved to Davenport. She raised her 4 children and was blessed with 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Nothing meant more to Josephine than her family to which she gave her all. Josephine put 25 wonderful years as a coffee shop coordinator at St. Luke’s and was known for her chicken and tuna salad as well as hot fudge sundaes. She was the sweetest most loving caring person, always with a smile on her face and was loved by everyone. She is survived by her son James Williams, brother, Frank Vitagliano (Millie) of Allen Park MI; sister Connie Gianino of Pensacola FL; grandchildren, Leandra Williams, Kristopher Williams, Gregory Leach, James Williams II, Amalia Williams, Jason Rousse, Jessica Rousse, Alicia LaPerriere, great-grandchildren, Alexis Williams, Morgan Morrow, James Williams III, Mia Leach, Logan Hoover, Liam Hoover, Hunter Keating, Ben Keating, Jordan Bagwell, Hanna Rousse, Sky Ann Williams; also all of her nieces and nephews that cherish memories of Aunt Jo’s love and sweet spirit. Josephine was blessed with love and care of her former daughter-in-laws Angela (Conklin) Williams and Linda Williams to help take care of Josephine during years as well as her dear friend Dania Hull and her granddaughter Leandra who continued her care in later years and were present at her passing. She will be celebrated in our prayers and churches as we remember the life of love that she gave so unconditionally to those who surrounded her.


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Tami Gianino Bassette

February 20, 2020

You will always be loved and cherished for your kind loving spirit. The gentle way you would speak my name and say the most encouraging words that could be spoken by a young girls Auntie! Thank you for loving and giving your all to those you loved so unconditionally! Your example of love will live on through us and every thought of you will forever bring a smile! You’re where we long to be in the place is no more sorrow, no more pain, no more dark clouds and no more rain! It’s a glad time of eternal peace and rejoicing! Love you forever!

Michele Dawson

February 20, 2020

Prayers for you Jessica and your family. I'm so sorry to hear of your Grandmother's passing. May God give you peace and his blessings.

Alicia LaPerriere

February 20, 2020

There are just so many lovely things to say about gramma. She was the light at the end of the tunnel for everyone in the family. I was adopted at 2 days old and gramma was the one that found me and continuously wrote letters to me and said Alicia I am confident that we will meet one day. That day did come and it was one of the happiest days for me. If it wasn't for Gramma Jo I wouldn't know any of my birth family and for that I will forever be eternally grateful to her. There was a bear that I was given in the hospital upon birth that had been left behind and gramma had held onto it for years and years because she knew one day she would see me again and give me this bear. When she got sick last year I gave it back to her. This 28 year old bear will now stay with me forever and always and I now know that Gramma Jo is always with me. I love you Gramma Jo thank you for bringing me back to the family. ❤

Vitagliano Amalia

February 9, 2020

I have infinite memories of my Gram, as I've always called her. The fondest were of our time spent together at the St.Luke Coffee Shop after I'd get out of school. We'd catch up on our days,talk about what happened,and decide what we'd be doing for dinner; then we'd walk home from the hospital together.......
Doesn't sound like much to most, but my Gram was there so intently for me growing up, and as an adult, that she had an infinitely impactful effect, to say the absolute LEAST.
Another of my fondest memories was when I ended up attempting to make a paper snowflake at home, cut through what I thought was the paper, and ended up at St.Luke's to get stitches. Gram had me come and see her to have 1 of her Iowa famous hot fudge sundaes that Bill Wundram wrote about....Gram ALWAYS knew how to make ANYTHING better.
Lastly, I've got to say my next dearest memory is of my daughter,Morgan, running away from me as I attempted to discipline her for getting out of hand, and that child's first move was to run behind Gram's recliner, because she KNEW Gram wouldn't let me get her(that was Morgan's punishment immunity spot). Kid always was smart........and still is.
I can honestly say my heart will remain forever broken without my Gram...............💔💔