Josephine M Clepper

March 18, 1920February 14, 2011

Josephine M. Raschilla Clepper, age 90, of Houston, passed away on Monday, the 14th of February 2011. She was born on the 18th of March 1920 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mrs. Clepper was “second mom” and “second grandmother” to many. She loved to cook for her family and friends and volunteered tirelessly for many years at MANNA.

She is preceded in death by her husband, the late Edgar Owen Clepper; and her son, the late Louis Anthony Clepper. Mrs. Clepper is survived by her son, James Michael Clepper and his wife Vicki; grandson, Michael E. Clepper; great-grandson, James Michael Clepper, II; sisters, Mary Albano and Angela DiDomenico, both of East Long Meadow, Massachusetts; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is to be conducted at one o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 21st of February, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where the Rev. Patrick J. Cummings is to officiate.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests memorial gifts be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN, 38148; or to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Fund, Attn: Candace Sigust, P.O. Box 20070, Houston, TX, 77225.


  • Memorial Service Monday, February 21, 2011

Josephine M Clepper

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February 24, 2011

Dear Jim and Vicki,
I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember her as quite a character, so full of life. My best wishes after all these years.
Pat Blake Scible

February 24, 2011

Jimmy and Vickie,

So sorry about the loss of your mother.
Our love and prayers to you and all your family!

Mack and Beverly (Witovec) Strain

Georgana Repal

February 21, 2011

Jim, Vicky and Mikie,
The service was beautiful today; Jerry meant so much to so many people. I told her many times that I had never seen two sons love their mother so much. She agreed and hoped that you would be strong when this time came. Take comfort in knowing that she is with Ed and Lewis. I will miss her so much. She was a beautiful, witty, intelligent and kind lady.

Stephen Lewis

February 21, 2011


You were loved more than you will ever know. Thank you for helping to raise me and for always making me feel special when we talked.

Give Ed and Unc a big hug for me.

February 20, 2011

Sincere condolences regarding the loss of your mother. She must have been quite a lady.

Barbara Fox
Houston, Texas

February 20, 2011

Jimmy and Vicki,

My sympathies and condolences on the passing of your mother. It has been many years since I have seen any of the Clepper family but I have very fond memories.

In the late 60s, I was on a deer lease in Anderson with her husband Ed. We had many, many great times.

Josephine, aka Jerry, and Ed always welcomed me into their home and were always so cordial.

What I remember most is the letters Jerry and Ed would write when I was in the military from 1970 – 1972. Those letters were always so supportive and greatly helped a serviceman’s spirits so far from home. To take time to write so frequently was greatly appreciated. I still have each one.

It is never easy to lose a loved one at any age but Jerry lived a long life that was filled with love from her family and friends. I was honored to have known Jerry.

May her soul eternally rest in peace.

Leon Gottselig

Michael Wiesenthal

February 19, 2011

Very sorry to learn of your loss. God bless your entire family

Antonette Danna

February 19, 2011

Dear Jimmy and Vickie,

I have so many happy and fun time memories when I think of Jerry. She always made me feel welcomed in her home. One evening Louis and I were on a date and stopped by to visit Jerry first. What ever Louis would say to me Jerry would look at him and say "Louie, you be nice!"...she was on my side! I fixed her hair for many years...learned something new every week from Jerry! And she always brought her own hair brush for me to use on her!

She was a real blessing on this Earth.


Caryn Price

February 17, 2011

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.