On Behalf of the Palmieri, Pagliaro, O’Brien, Gai, Agid, Brault and Graney families I say thank you for honoring mom, better known as Josephine and coming to here to celebrate her life, and we thank you for supporting us.

I want to tell you about my mom .......she was an ordinary woman who lived an extraordinary life

Mom came to America at the age of 20, having never seen the ocean or an automobile. She grew up without electricity or running water and came to our country to make a new life, for mom it was like being in a dream. She made her life hear and loved America for all the opportunities. She never looked back and never went back. Mom lived everyday as if were a wonderful dream.

Josephine is known as a devoted sister, The baby sister, she recently celebrated with her sister Mary, Mary’s 100th Birthday a few months ago, Mom was a loyal wife and a best friend to Dad, of course a mother, Mom actually had children from 4 generations (two unborn and Vinny came before the War, Frank and I were the war babies, Joe and Mary the baby boomers and Flo the Generation x-er.. We see that Mom did not fool around; then again I guess they did fool around. Josephine was an aunt to 32 nieces and nephews, a Grandmother to 17 grand children and a Great Grand Mother to 19 great children she loved them all.

Mom was a seamstress. At age 15 she pleaded with her father to buy her a sewing machine, At 16 she made her own dresses, at 18 she made the Wedding Dress for Her sister Rose’s wedding in America. Mom made all our school clothes, I remember the brown leather jacket she made for me, and the Sunday Suits she made for the 4 Boys.

Mom was a life-long student with a thirst for learning, she never quenched that thirst. Mom discovered the radio and decided it was her path to freedom, she convinced dad to buy one for her. He bought it on time paying 50cts per week. Mom learned most of her English from the radio. When Mom saw her Sister Jenny’s TV and how excited we were when we watched it, she knew she had to get one. Mom saw TV as an even better teaching tool. This time however Dad said we could not afford to spend $700.

He was working two jobs to keep his 4 boys fed. Mom, being a determined woman, took matters in her own hands and took a part time job at Pepperidge Farms. After a year we had a new black and white console TV, and were able to watch Bishop Sheen and the nature channel. On dad’s occasional days off we got to watch cow boys and Indians, The lone Ranger and Tonto, and Milton Berle. In mom’s later years she made full circle and asked for Bishop Sheen videos. We have the most complete collection of bishop sheen video available and upon request we can duplicate some for those that are interested. See me later we also have a great collection of mother angelic tapes

Mom was a farmer at heart; having grown up on a farm in Italy she had a love of the farm life. She continued that life here. In the 50’s long before the greenhouse was built, we had a farm stand of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Mom and Dad also bought a section of the old Massiello farm and farmed it until Dad passed in 1992

Mom was always trying to improve her produce, when she tasted and outstanding fruit or vegetable, she would take the seeds and dry them for next season’s plantings. Spread out on all the window sill were drying seeds from apples to watermelons. Whenever I went away, mom would ask if I could bring back some seeds. So I’m sure I was one of the few people who brought their mother home a gift of seeds from trips around the world. Eventually mom had several plants that were not seen in our part of the world.

Mom was an animal lover; she picked up stray cats, and wounded birds. We had generations of cats called kitty, and dozens of birds called birdie, it was strange mom spoke to them and they knew which kitty or bird she was talking to. A confession I never knew how she knew and how they knew until yesterday. When we had more than one kitty she would call and say hear kitty one would come then she would say hear kitty, kitty and the other would come, and the third cat would be called kitty, kitty, kitty

Mom loved to play, her playground was her nursery and her greenhouse . She would play in the dirt and make plants grow. She is the only person I know who could cut the top off of a pineapple, put it in dirt, and have it grow into a pineapple tree. Susie and I tried to grow pineapples but failed miserably. Late last year mom told Beverly her caregiver to give Frankie the pits from an orange she just finished, Frank took them did not believe they would grow, but honoring his mother he planted them. So what happened? In January all eight orange pits sprouted and we have 8 orange trees growing. Mom talked to the plants and they talked back to her. When mom went into the greenhouse or out to visit her plants, she would tell Frankie which plants were crying and that they needed water

Mom loved to laugh and play around. Mom did not drink a drop of liquor for 90 years then on the wedding day of one of her Granddaughters she decided to have a glass of champagne, and then she had another. I guess she liked it. You may have seen pictures of mom with grapes around her neck, or pictures of her in her Halloween costumes.

On Halloween mom would sit in a chair in a new costume waiting for her trick or treating grand children, great grand children, and about 100 other trick or treater’s.

Mom was a giver—giving food, flowers and vegetables, advice, more advice, love and more love to many for whom she saw the need. Dad often said mom was a soft touch, in reality mom touched many people softly. Josephine truly lives the biblical words that it is better to give than to receive.

Of all the things mom loved it was God first. She was a very religious person. One of the greatest days in her life was when Susie and I took mom and Cousin Betty to See Pope John Paul in New York’s Central park back in 1995.

Everyone in the family knew not to call Josephine @ 3:00pm as she was on the phone with her two sisters Jenny and Mary and her brother in law Louie saying the rosary together in Italian.

Every Day mom and dad had a blessing day for each of us. Monday was Flo, Tuesday it was Mary, Wednesday it was Joe, Thursday it was Frankie, Friday it was me, Saturday was for Vinny and Sunday was for them. On that day they lit a large candle for one of their children. On that day mom would call on our blessing day, She called her designated child and the grand children Of the Son or daughter

Mom loved her brothers and sisters, (I have never seen a family like that with so much love for each other), she her children, her grandchildren, great grand children, other people’s children. All the children Mom babysat for children her whole life. There is not a child, a grandchild, a great Grandchild that has not had Mushie on their face from mom she loved us with all her heart. Today we rejoice that she is reunited with her two sons, her husband and family

In mom’s final days when we knew she was passing, we asked her if she was afraid. she said she was. When asked what she was afraid of she said she was afraid that she might not have done a good enough job, although unfounded this fear was real, fortunately one of the social workers said don’t worry Josephine mother Mary is there, she will get you in through the back door if you have any trouble. It goes to show that even up there mom is in charge

Thank you for listening to Just a few of the Josephine stories. At this time we invite you to continue the celebration of Josephine’s life, for a luncheon reception at the Sons of Italy hall in Norwalk directly after the burial ceremony. I encourage you to share a Josephine story at that time

(c) Tuchy Palmieri may 2009

I put my hands in yours and together we can do what we never could

Do alone . . .

(Josephine’s Loving Hands)

God's Garden

God looked around His garden and found an empty place.

He looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest.

God's garden must be beautiful; He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering; He knew that you were in Pain.

He knew that you would never get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough; and the hills were hard to climb.

So he closed your wary eyelids and whispered "Peace be thine".

It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn't go alone for part

of us went with you

The day God called you home.

© Tuchy palmieri permission is granted to reprint any and all of this


Author's Bio: 

Curriculum Vitae of Tuchy Palmieri
• University of Bridgeport -- BS Marketing
• Post graduate courses at NYU
• Countless self study courses in health, religion, spirituality, self help, and personal growth.
• Attended motivational and spiritual workshops from Tony Robbins, , Werner Erhard, Justin Sterling, Zig Zigler, Wayne Dyer, M. Scott Peck, Deepak Chopra Carolyn Myss, Barbra Brennan, and others
• Training seminars The Sedona method, the Silva method, Neuro-linguistic Programming, Dale Carnegie‘s basic and leadership courses.—
• Health and healing workshops -The Way to health at The Kushi Institute (Macrobiotic cooking method), Living lite (raw food course with meal preparation) Perfect Health at The Chopra Center (included Ayurvedic food preparation)
• Completed numerous readings and listening to audio tapes of programs from people such as Dennis Waitley, Norman Vincent Peale, Steve Covey, Thich Nhat Hanh, John Gray, Brian Tracy, Sam Shoemaker, And Og Mandino, Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Scott Peck, Werner Erhard, Emmet Fox, and others

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• Certified Catholic Minister of the word having completed the two year Daystar Program, concluded in a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
• Founded, operated, sold, and then retired from a corporation in the computer sales and service, which employed 38 people in inner city.
1) Winner of highest award for achievement at the Dale Carnegie courses.
2) Conducted as retreat leader religion/spiritual 12 step orientation weekends.
3) Recipient of the Governor’s Award for Connecticut inner city Entrepreneurship.
• Upon Retirement, founded Healing-Habits a firm dedicated to helping people through the written and spoken word.
• Published and/or written 25 books in the genres of inspiration, motivation, spirituality, health, and religion
• A regular contributor to the AuthorsDen, under the Pen name Tuchy Palmieri consisting of Short stories, poetry and articles.
• Workshop leader on Goal setting/achievement, relationships, effective listening and relationships
• 40 years experience leading discussion meetings, seminars and workshops
• Mentored, ministered and sponsored numerous cross addicted people in recovery.
• Featured in a number of magazines, newspapers, and talk shows
• A regular participant in the Author’s roundtable in Borders, and a guest on numerous spiritual and talk radio programs

• 26 years as a leader and member of the local Sterling Institute of Relationship men’s team
• 25 years in 12 step programs related to relationships, food addictions, & substance abuse
• Annual participant in Matt Talbot and/or religious retreats at Holy Family Retreat house
• SIA - Self Improvement Association
• Member of the Better Business Bureau