Josephine M. Grieco, 97, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Josephine M. Grieco, 97, formerly of Stone Street and Centennial Apartments, passed away November 20, 2018 at Samaritan Medical Center.

Mrs. Grieco was born August 29, 1921, in Watertown, a daughter of Michael and Angelina Grittani Mistersaro. She attended Watertown High School.

On Oct. 20, 1940, she married Daniel J. Grieco at St. Anthony’s Church with Reverend John Quinn officiating. Mr. Grieco died in 1972.

Mrs. Grieco and her husband Danny operated thier family’s business, Grieco’s Brass Rail, which was in their family for over 40 years, until it was sold in 1979.

Mrs. Grieco was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church, a member and past president of the Altar Rosary Society and a Mt. Carmel volunteer. She was a member of the Sisters of the Precious Blood Auxiliary, a member and Vice President of the  Italian American Civic Association, was the youngest and last member the Jolly Club.

She enjoyed watching the Yankees, Syracuse University basketball.

Mrs. Grieco  baked cookies for weddings, St. Anthony’s Mt Carmel Feast and Italian American Civic Association events  She volunteered for the monthly Spaghetti Dinners at St Anthony’s Church, made cookies for and volunteeres at the Fried Dough Stand at the Mt. Carmel Feast. Mrs. Grieco often made chicken soup for her grandchildren, they called her “Gramma Soup”.

Surviving are a son, Daniel (Judy) Grieco, Chaumont and Ocala, FL; two daughters, Susanne (Jan) Slodkowski, Watertown, and Linda Grieco – Roach, Watertown; four grandchildren, John Check, Watertown, Tamara Harrington, Reno, NV, Lindsey Simonette, Watertown and Lyndon Roach, Watertown, nine great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

A brother Joseph Mistersaro, and three sisters, Rose Grant, her twin sister Mary Palumbo and Ann Grieco, and a son-in-law, Lynn Roach, all died before her.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A prayer service will be held 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with an 11 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church with Rev. Christopher Looby officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Church, 850 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY 13601 or to the Sisters of the Precious Blood Monastery, 400 Pratt Street, Watertown, NY 13601.

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