Josephine A. Ossola, 86, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Josephine A. “Nana” Ossola, 86, formerly of Davidson Street, Watertown passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at Hospice of Jefferson County.

Born Sept. 13, 1935, in Watertown, the daughter of Augustine “Gus” and Anna L. Tarzia Capone, she graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy.

She married Louis I. Ossola on Oct. 20, 1955, at St. Anthony’s Church with Fr. Anthony A. Milia officiating. Mr. Ossola, a store manager for Acme Markets, died Dec. 9, 2014.

Nana had worked as a secretary for her brother at Empsall’s Department Store and also for The Stable, a clothing store. She then was a clerk at JC Penney’s for seventeen years.

She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and enjoyed participating in all church activities. She also enjoyed baking, especially Italian cookies, Sunday dinner with her family, morning coffee with her siblings, and her summers growing up on Lake Ontario.

Nana is survived by her four sons and their wives, Ronald L. and Lynn A., Watertown, William M. and Patricia, Pinellas Park, FL, Thomas J. and Cindy L., Watertown, and Steven C. and Jennifer H., Lacona; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Charles and Linda Capone, Evans Mills; a sister, Rosalie Prevost, Watertown; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Along with her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two brothers and their wives, Marion A. and Theresa Capone and Augustine D. and Angelika Capone; sister and her husband, Barbara and Fred Cook; and brother-in-law, Francis “Fran” Prevost.

A calling hour will be held 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown, followed by a prayer service at 10:15 a.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart with Fr. Frank Natale presiding with burial in Glenwood Cemetery after the mass.

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In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to either Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St. or Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church,  320 W. Lynde St., both in Watertown, NY 13601.