OBITUARY

Josette Madelyn Stivala

February 28, 1955May 15, 2021

Josette Madelyn Stivala, love of my life didn’t come to an end with her death. Josey passed away on May 15, 2021 at the age of 66 after a two year battle with cancer, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor her legacy. Born February, 28, 1955, she was the daughter of the late William and Diana Kind. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 29 years, Kenneth F. Stivala; Step-Son, Darrin J. Stivala, wife, Carol Stivala; Grandkids, Jared and Amanda. Brother, Paul Kind and sister, Lisa Kind; her sister-in-law, Gail Miranda, her brother-in-law, Mark Stivala and many cousins, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made at St. Jude Hospital and the American Cancer Society. My heart is breaking and my road to healing may be long, but in memory of my beautiful wife and the love of my life, I want to honor her memory. Josette and I were married on July 21st, 1992. My journey with her during our marriage is one to be treasured and I will forever hold our time together in my heart. Just to let you all know I was most attracted to her by her beautiful smile that just would light up her face and make those beautiful blue eyes just sparkle. It would remind me of my Dad who loved my Mother’s blue eyes and actually bought a car using the excuse that it matched her blue eyes. I, on the other hand would gaze into her blue eyes and found love staring back at me, no reason to go out and buy anything. Some of what I will miss most about my loving wife: Josey loved gardening and because of the results from her efforts, neighbors would always comment that we had the most beautiful garden on the block. Baking was also another favorite hobby, especially around the holidays, bringing all of the family together with her delicious meals and treats. To wash down these goodies, a Jack & coke always helped. Her love of children presented itself by volunteering and working in the child care field, from volunteering with the Early Intervention Program (EIP) caring for the infants with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay to contributing her time at one of the High Schools that provided day care for the teenage student/parents. Our favorite past-times were eating out, going for our random daily Starbucks coffee, travelling, and attending a good movie, before pandemic, every Tuesday Senior matinee. We were on a first name basis with several of the bartenders in the area. I could not ask for a better partner and wife. Josey, unconditionally took care of me and always was at my side. Our love for each other, I feel was to be admired. We were told by many that we had the kind of relationship that fits like a glove. Josey….you are the love of my life. Your spirit will always be felt and I will carry you in my heart forever and always. Rest in Peace my darling wife.

Services

18 June

Graveside Service

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Sarasota National Cemetery

9810 State Rd 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

Memories

Josette Madelyn Stivala

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LARRY LOMBARDI

May 28, 2021

Ken. So very sorry for your loss. RIP josey
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Joyce Callahan

May 20, 2021

I knew Josey through Gail, her SIL, for many years. For years we were fierce competitors on Words with Friends Scrabble. Although 3000 miles apart we would play daily and message encouragement on losses and congratulations on wins. When I would visit FL it always included sharing a meal and visiting with her and Ken. What a joy to be in the presence of such a loving couple. My heart goes out to the entire family over her leaving this earth; and, that her memory be treasured so that it brings you peace that she was welcomed Home. KNOWING one day she will have open arms to welcome you too HOME.

Elizabeth Garcia

May 20, 2021

Aunt Josey was a unique soul with a kind smile. Every time we visited her and Uncle Ken, I knew three things: (1) the moment we stepped into their home, she would greet with us all the love in her eyes and all the contagious cheer in her voice, (2) we would never go hungry because she always had something prepared and was the baker I aspire to be, and (3) you better have your nails are painted and in good shape, or you’re in trouble. Aunt Josey was the kind of person that anyone could feel at home around, and I know I’m not the only one that will miss the comfort of simply being in her presence.

Gail Miranda

May 19, 2021

May 15, 2021, @11am, my best friend and sister in law passed away due to cancer. Josette (Josey) Stivala, 66 years young. Josey was a beautiful, gracious, kind, loving person that was loved by many. She was the person who was always taking pictures. . .many posted on Facebook to keep track of all the memories of friends and family and the many events in her life. She is the person who always looked on the brighter side, who's cup was always half full. She was my best friend who I laughed with, broke bread with, had wine, and "our" drink, bourbon and ginger with. We would have long talks together, shop (our favorite passtime), eat, and laugh at many a story. Josey, with the beautiful smile and zest for life...I will forever miss you....a loss that is deep in my heart. I love you. You will always be on my mind and forever in my heart. Rest In Peace my sister-friend. ⚘💗

Lauren Kestermann

May 18, 2021

My Aunty Josey helped me learn what to accept from people. Her resilience and headstrong love for the good in people helped me turn into the woman i am today. I will forever cherish the endless cookies and fudge that came with a heaping side of love for our family. Aunty Josey's love will always be remembered, cherished, and felt to the fullest extent, the endless support and kindness she delivered to the world trademarked her name through many families and friends, and there is no doubt the intent of her kindness inspired and traveled through many families

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY