Josephine M. Barbella

December 23, 1927January 2, 2019
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Josephine M. Barbella, age 91, of the Lake Ridge section of Toms River, NJ, passed away on Wednesday January 2, 2019. Josephine was born December 23, 1927 in Newark, NJ, and she was the daughter of the late Virginia and Samuel Soprano. After being raised in Newark, she was a resident of Kenilworth and Cranford, before moving to Lake Ridge 24 years ago. Josephine was a loving and devoted homemaker who adored caring for her children and grandchildren. She was a shopping and sewing enthusiast. Wife of the late Theodore John Barbella, who passed away in March of 2015; sister of the late, Joseph, Samuel and Grace Soprano; she is survived by her two daughters, Wendy Bolinski and her husband Ed, and Virginia Reynolds and her husband Paul; 5 granddaughters, Jennifer, Cindy, Kim, Erica and Laura; and 12 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the D'Elia Funeral Home, 1300 Vermont Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701. Her funeral service will be on Monday at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home followed by entombment in St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery Mausoleum, Lakewood, NJ. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Barbella family.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, January 7, 2019

Josephine M. Barbella

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Cindy Huljack

January 6, 2019

I can’t believe I will not hear you say “Hi Doll” again. You were the perfect nana and the definition of unconditional love. I will miss and love you forever. Please give Papa a hug and a kiss on his sweet soft cheeks from me. Keep dancing and watching over us like you have always done. I am so grateful to have you in my life for so long. I love you forever Nana ❤️

Wendy Bolinski

January 5, 2019

Mom, you were one of the sharpest woman In my life... I could go to you anytime and ask your opinion, your answers were right on the money. If I was 15 minutes late in calling you at 815 am you'd call me and say hey I want to go in the shower...she never wanted to start her day without talking to her daughters. I look at the clock every morning at 815 am and I want to reach for the phone and call you. this is a hard habit to break. I know you were missing dad so much, but you are with him now. until we meet again, hugs and kisses, Wendy

Erica Sapio

January 5, 2019

Nan, Nana Banana, Barbie Grandma: these were all nicknames given to you lovingly by your grandchildren. I will carry the memories I have of us growing up in my heart always: Getting every O out of the Spaghettio can, my chocolate cream pie every Christmas, chocolate chip Entenmenn’s loaf for breakfast in the summer, putting more and more Sun In in my hair to see how blonde we could get it before Mom and Dad would get mad, jumping off the high dive at the Cranford pool just to make you nervous, all of the beautiful dresses you made me for the first day of school and picture day as well as every dress you altered for me for special occasions, baking cookies with my kids for Christmas, and so many more beautiful memories and laughs that I could never fit on this website. We had a very special bond that will never be broken. I’m devastated that I traveled so far to come see you and never got to...I know how excited you were to see us, but I’m thankful I could have been by your side at the end of your life’s journey. I hope you heard every word I said and cried to you. I’m glad the last words we ever spoke to each other last week was “I love you” on the phone while planning our visit. I love you with all my heart and hope you are dancing to Runaround Sue with Papa in heaven. Love you so much, Nan!

James & Maria Bariese

January 4, 2019

Our condolences to the Barbella Family on the loss of your dear mother and grandmother Maria and I will also remember Aunt Josephine and will keep her in our prays. James and Maria Bariese

Dan & Kathy Barbella

January 4, 2019

So sorry to hear of Aunt Jo’s passing . She was a loving and caring person with a beautiful heart. God bless her and comfort her family.

Teresa Barbella

January 4, 2019

Wendy, Ginny and families- We are thinking of you with love and prayers during this difficult time. It is so hard to lose someone who had so much talent, such a generous spirit and and such a loving heart. We will miss her dearly. Please know that we will carry good memories of her with us always- especially the memories of her special 90th birthday party. What an honor to have been a part of that! Sending love and light your way- God bless all of you and our sweet Aunt Josephine......With love- Uncle Victor, Victor, Teresa and Michael and Colleen

Joyce Soprano

January 3, 2019

I have so many great memories of time spent with Aunt Jo and Uncle Teddy! Many of them involved holidays and eating great meals, and always there was family, stories, and laughter. How lucky we were to have had so many years of time spent with family. Aunt Jo will be greatly missed!

Lauri Ann Soprano

January 3, 2019

Our family would start the Christmas holiday festivities on December 23rd each year at Josephine’s home. As a young child, I thought Christmas was a 3-day celebration, but I eventually realized that the 23rd was Aunt Jo’s birthday. She celebrated her birthday each year by cooking for everyone else! She wouldn’t have it any other way!


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