September 1, 1932 – May 13, 2020
Josephine (Peluso) Witkowsky, wife of the late William G. Witkowsky, died Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Middlesex Hospital. Josephine was born in Hartford on September 1, 1932 to Carmine and Josephine (Perrone) Peluso. She met her future husband in the offices of G. Fox & Company on Main Street; Bill quit his job there to head off to Art school, and she replaced him. When he kept turning up afterward, she wondered if he wanted his job back. They were married in 1956. Josephine volunteered at the library at Hartford’s Batchelder School when her children were small and then worked part-time at Travelers Insurance Company and at Shimkus, Murphy & Lemkuil, the latter until she was past eighty, a day or two a week. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Hartford for sixty years. Josephine is survived by her daughter Catherine and son-in-law David Cavanaugh of Avon; son Peter of Newburgh, NY; son William and his partner Arthur Zieky of Newington; granddaughter Elizabeth Cavanaugh of Avon and her fiancé Jason Dubour of Enfield; grandson Matthew Cavanaugh of Avon; sister-in-law Patricia Peluso of Enfield; also, many nieces and nephews she loved to reminisce with, among them Susan Lazarcheck of Bluffton, SC, who was born the day she was married and was especially dear to her. Josephine was predeceased by her three sisters and three brothers: Michelina DeGray of Hartford, Michael Peluso of Enfield, Rose Campanelli of Windsor Locks, Anthony Peluso of West Hartford, Christine Deming of Madison, and John Peluso of Hartford. Josephine’s family is grateful to the caring staff (nurses, aides, servers, coordinators, receptionists) who made her last three-and-a-half years at Cedar Mountain Commons in Newington a time we will look back on fondly. D’Esopo Funeral Chapel of Wethersfield is handling the arrangements. Funeral services and burial in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield will be private. Memorial donations in Josephine’s honor may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Rd., Suite 200, Framingham, MA 01701 or the St. Francis Hospital Foundation, 95 Woodland St., 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06105. To share a memory of Josephine, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.
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May 27, 2020
Jojo, we worked together for so many years and I will always remember your kind soul. I could always count on you to make me feel good about myself with your never ending compliments. You always made me laugh and then made fun of how loud my laugh was. Caitlin and I enjoyed every moment with you at that office. I will never ever forget though how much you loved my son and never once forgot to bring him a treat everyday you came to work! It was truly a pleasure knowing you and my son Richard sure loved the heck outta you! Thank you for all the great years. We love you and will miss you greatly!
May 20, 2020
Josephine was always so fun to talk to and I really enjoyed our chats outside of the fireplace at Cedar Mountain Commons where we would chat about the world, her past, and all the people that passed by. She will be so missed. Thank you for letting us share part of her life.
Shirley A Bonito
May 17, 2020
I meet Josie three and half years ago she’s one of the niceties person I know she would always tell me I have a good heart because I was nice to her because if she asked me for something always give it to her I’m going to miss her smile RIP Josie love you 😢
Father Charles Jacobs
May 17, 2020
To the family and friends of Josephine, I offer my condolences and my prayers. I lit a candle in Josephine's Church of Holy Trinity this morning in her memory, May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
May 13, 2020
So hard to believe. Auntie Jo Jo was a beautiful person both in mind and spirit. I always loved her progressive beliefs and her positive energy. I will miss my Christmas visits. The memories she gave me will last forever. We all love you! Tony, Ann Marie, Nicholas and Anthony