OBITUARY

Josephine "Josie" Folis

June 11, 1925May 3, 2019

Josephine “Josie” Folis, 93 of Manchester, died peacefully on May 3, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born in Manchester on June 11, 1925, she was the daughter of Michael and Wadiha (Khoury) Dashy. She was a lifelong resident of the Queen City, educated in the local school district and a graduate of Manchester Central High School, Class of 1943.

Josie was a homemaker and also worked for several years in the shoe industry at local department stores including Leavitts, New Idea and Dodge Shoes. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose family was the center of her life. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing delicious middle-eastern cuisine for big family dinners. She also enjoyed spending time at the beach. Although she had limited eyesight in her later years, Josie always had a smile on her face and never complained. She was a lifelong parishioner of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral where she was a member of the Daughters of Penelope, Tri-Ortho and the Anagenesis Society.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Tully Folis in 2011. Her sisters Evelyn Spacone and Helen Mastacouris also predeceased her.

Family members include her 4 daughters, Joanne Bonito and her husband Tom, Elizabeth Holbrook, Nancy Folis and Susan Berry and her husband Bill all of Manchester. She also leaves behind her 6 grandchildren, Gina Bonito-Filippo and her husband Jamie of Marblehead, MA, Greg Bonito and his wife Kristen of Wayne, PA, Scott Holbrook of Manchester, Matthew Holbrook of Malden, MA, Andrew Berry of San Francisco, CA, and Jenna Berry of Boston, MA, and 3 beautiful great-grandchildren, Emily and Ashley Bonito and James Filippo. Josephine also leaves behind her 3 sisters, Loretta Shamie of Montreal, Lilly Ivos and her husband Steve of Lowell, MA and Marie Dovas and her husband John of Manchester as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Caring Companions, especially Lea Berube who provided exceptional care and comfort to her.

Visitation was held on Wednesday May 8 from 10 to 11 am at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral 650 Hanover St. in Manchester followed by a Funeral Service at 11 am. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Josie’s name be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. McHugh Funeral Home has been entrusted by the family with her care.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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Daniel & Pamela Noury

May 12, 2019

Dear Joanne, Betty, Nancy & Susan,

The Folis Family was a huge part of the Noury family’s life growing up! Please accept our deepest sympathies with the passing of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your families at this difficult time.

Dan & Pam

Maureen Atherton

May 10, 2019

Most summers of my childhood were spent visiting my mother's family in Manchester. My mother was Sophie Folis O'Keefe, sister of Josie's husband Tully. All of my cousins pretty much lived in Manchester so it was a joy to be there. Getting to hang out with the four Folis sisters at Uncle Tully and Aunt Josie's house was always a fun time. Tully and Josie were also my Godparents. Even though I know it is hard to lose her I'm so happy she lived to a ripe old age, was happy and well cared for, died peacefully and is now with Tully.
Much love, Maureen

Brenda Dwyer

May 6, 2019

Betty, Scotty and Matty,
I just wanted to say how sorry I am about your Mother and Grandmother. I remember the days at "On the Brighter Side Day Care Center" way back when Matty and Scotty were little and she would come to drop them off and pick them up. I know you all know how much you meant to her. She loved you all so much and that was clear to anyone that knew all of you.
It has been many many years since I have seen you all and I was saddened to see "YaYa" had passed away. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Brenda Dwyer
(back then you knew me as Brenda Boulay)