OBITUARY

Josephine "Josie" DiGrazia

March 25, 1938April 20, 2021
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Josephine (Josie) DiGrazia, 83, of Ormond Beach, FL, passed away April 20, 2021, at home with her family. She was born in Palermo, Italy, in 1938, the daughter of Maria and Nicolo Spata. Josie immigrated to America in 1949, where she lived with her family in Brooklyn, NY. She met the love of her life, Leo DiGrazia, whom she married in 1958. Josie and Leo raised a daughter and a son and worked together in the hair styling business for 35 years. They moved to Ormond Beach in 1974 where they owned and operated the House of Hair Styling beauty salon. As a top stylist, Josie had a following of faithful customers who appreciated her skilled work. Her friendly nature, enjoyable laughter and big smile were loved by all her family and friends. Josie was an amazing cook and enjoyed preparing delicious meals for her family. She also was a devoted Catholic and her faith was reflected in her daily life.

Josie is survived by her loving husband Leo of 62 years, daughter Maria (Gordon), son Gino (Kim), granddaughter Josephine Maria, grandson Anthony Leo and great-grandson Lucas Gino. In addition, she is survived by her sister Grace (Joe), brother-in-law Angelo and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews that loved her very much. Josie was preceded in death by her mother Maria, father Nicolo, sister Rosalie and brother-in-law Peppy.

Visitation will be held at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 548 N. Nova Road in Ormond Beach on Friday, April 30 from 4:00-6:30. Online condolences may be shared at www.Volusiamemorialfunerals.com. Church service will be held on Saturday, May 1, at 10:00 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 201 University Blvd in Daytona Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations in Josie’s honor can be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Daytona Beach.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Visitation Time

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Entombment

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

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Josephine "Josie" DiGrazia

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Maria DeVito

May 1, 2021

Dear Aunt Josephine,
The video & all the pictures brought tears to my eyes. Such love & warmth looking through them♥️
How ur smile & laugh was so Contagious. I’ll never forget trips to florida to visit. It Feels like a life time ago. I can remember it all! You left fond memories in my heart♥️ I love you
Your neice Maria

Brandi and Eduardo Alaniz

April 28, 2021

To the DiGrazia Family:
I am so terribly sorry for the loss of Mrs. Josie. I am thankful to have met her and spent time with her even if it was short. I will be thinking of your family and praying for you all during this difficult time.

Tammy Schreck

April 25, 2021

Dear Maria and family , Your mom was a kind sweet person always welcoming . When I was invited over for dinner I remember her always trying to offer me more food then I could handle! My heart hurts and I share your grief . Just know she will be remembered and lives on through her wonderful family I consider part of my own. Much love to you all. Tammy.

Nora Simons

April 25, 2021

Maria and Family,
I was deeply saddened to hear the news about the loss of your mother. Although I knew your mother for a brief time, I saw her as a woman of faith. She was kind and thoughtful and loved her family dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May she rest in peace. Love, Nora Simons

Fausta McDermott

April 24, 2021

We send our heartfelt condolences to all of you for the loss of your beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was a loving, sincere and generous person who always made her children’s friends feel special and welcome. We will never forget her good sense of humor and gracious hospitality. I imagine she is up in heaven now, vigorous and youthful again, cooking up a feast which includes mouth-watering stuffed artichokes! Godspeed dear Josie.

mary and Gene paul

April 24, 2021

Love to the Digrazia famiy, Gene and I only knew Josie for a short time but she always greeted us as we were longtime friends. Her smile was so warm and made you feel so welcomed. Our hearts go out to the family who were loyal and devoted to her through out her illness. She will be missed but her memories will always be treasured by those who loved and knew her. Mary and Gene Paul

Dorothy Bowe

April 23, 2021

Maria and Family ❤️
We are so saddened about the loss of your beautiful mother. We always looked forward to seeing her at our craft shows each year at the Prince of Peace church. She was a great shopper! May our friendship and prayers help you through this difficult time.
Love,
Dottie, Marcia, and Holly

Kristine Ernst

April 23, 2021

I have known Josephine since 1979 when I met and became very good friends with her daughter Maria. Josephine was so loving and had the best laugh. She was always so welcoming whenever I came to her house. She loved seeing our Halloween costumes every year. She was a lot of fun and such a great hairdresser and cook! She was a wonderful mother and she will be greatly missed.

Krissy ( Komatz) Ernst

Vicki Liso

April 23, 2021

Our Condolences For Your Loss To The Whole Family... 🙏🙏
I remember meeting the DiGrazia family in the mid 80s as my mother worked as a hair dresser with Josephine in the same salon I also met & got to know her daughter Maria & her husband Leo . Josephine was a special kind lady and a joy to be around. My mom along wirh my husband and I became very close to her & her family over the years since then. She will be greatly missed.
Rest In Peace ❤

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Josie in Italy with her sisters Rosalie (right) and Grace (middle)

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Josie in her early years

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Josie in her early years

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Josie at a park

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Josie at the beach

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Josie in front of a relative's house

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Josie and her sisters

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Josie relaxing in a chair

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