Josephine Poss

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Born in Los Teques, Venezuela on November 3rd, 1919, Josephine passed away with her family by her side February 14, 2013 at her home of 53 years in Yucaipa, California. She is survived by two sons, Stuart and James and daughters-in-law, Sachiko of Poulsbo, Washington and Gianna of Yucaipa. She is preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Alvin Victor, who died in 1979.

After Alvin passed away, Josephine carried on with great courage and much love for others around her. She was an avid gardener and spent much time doing so with James and Gianna, who resided at her home. Josephine always kept busy and had many hobbies, including sewing, quilting, knitting, and oil and watercolor painting. Josephine also enjoyed spending time with her many friends. Josephine was a devout Catholic, who during her residence in Yucaipa attended Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini Church.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.


  • Funeral Service Friday, February 22, 2013

Josephine Poss

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Anne Steele

February 22, 2013

My Mother-In-Law's dearest friend, and a lady the whole family loved. A very special lady whose terrific smile and wonderful personality will be missed, but we know Heaven has welcomed you, and you and Mom have lots to talk about. Keith and I both think the world of you, you've been like family.

Joyce Lu

February 22, 2013

Josie enriched my life for over forty years. She taught unconditional love by example. She was always giving, accepting, laughing, cheerful, and kind. A more accomplished knitter, seamstress or cook would be hard to find. Her date nut bread has no peer. I never have known anyone who could sew a button down shirt! Josie made the first home made french fries I had ever had. But more than anything, the smile, the bright eyes, and the good heart were brighter than any star could ever be. I will miss you and you will be in my heart forever. My love and thoughts are with the Poss clan. Love, Joycie

Catherine and Joanne

February 21, 2013

A lovely, most engaging and interesting lady, We were honored to have known her. Blessings on your family.

Walter Russell

February 21, 2013

I'll miss Josephine's kindness. Her love of life showed in her enthusiastic voice and shining eyes as she'd describe her latest trip, to S. America, or in the US. She was young in spirit. I will miss her.

Michael G

February 21, 2013

Jimmy, it's good your mom lived a good long life--I remember her smiling. In these poignant moments of reflection I hope we all can share in the hope of living our remaining years in good spirits, sowing the seeds of love, and enjoying the fruits of existence.

Marty Nelson

February 21, 2013

My dear friend Josie! So many wonderful attributes you shared with us all: your passionate love of family, avid interest in culture, cuizine, classical liturature and music; your unique sense of humor and lightning wit; your genuine self. How I shall miss your charming, chatty, intelligent letters. I am certain you are having happy conversations in Heaven and continuing to watch over your family. Peace and love surround you, Jim, Gianna, Stuart and Sachico, and your memories will bring you comfort.

Kay Latonio

February 21, 2013

I will always remember how welcoming Josephine was whenever I visited the Poss home. She always had a big smile and a compliment for me. Dinner parties were only complete with "Ma" at the table laughing and joking with everyone. She made my husband and me feel that we were part of the family. We will miss Josephine and offer our sincerest condolences to Gianna, Jimmy, Stuart and Sachiko.

Mark & Linda Minard

February 21, 2013

We really really enjoyed spending time with your mom, she always told us interesting and amazing stories of her life. She had such pleasant manner and a sense of humor that made us laugh. We have never known anyone with such good memory and sharp mind as your mom had. We regret that we did not spend more time with her during her ordeal. We will really miss her.

Ronald Lu

February 20, 2013

I never knew your mom personally but I knew how much she meant to Stuart, Jimmy and my sister Joyce.

February 20, 2013

Querida Tata
Es una pena muy grande que te hayas ido sin antes poder volverte a ver y compartir contigo tus maravillosas experiencias y tus deliciosos platos, que sepais que hacia una tarta de manzana delicious que aun aveces la hago yo en casa jeje. Gracias por ser como eres, digo "eres" porque aunque ya no estes fisicamente sigues entre nosotros. Love you so much and we´ll miss you!! You´ll have an special place in the heaven because you are like an angel that we´ll be taking care of us.
Te quiero mucho.
Andreina Diaz Lopez (Valencia-España)