Josephine H. Mercurio Flynn, 87, current resident of Woodbridge and beloved wife to the late Robert A. Flynn (a UCONN graduate), passed away on Monday, December 16, 2013 at Yale New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael’s campus.
Born on October 5, 1926 in Bridgeport, she was the oldest child of Charles and Rose Purpura Mercurio.
She was a graduate of Harding HS, worked for the welfare dept. for the town of Stratford and attended UB part-time.
After her marriage to Robert, they lived with their family in Mystic, Orange and Short Beach in Branford and then with her husband in Naples, FL. Prior to her retirement, Josephine was a retail associate for the former D.M. Reads in Trumbull.
She was very active in her children’s school activities including PTA, Girl and Boy Scouts. Josephine loved cooking, travel, big bands, musical theatre, bridge, bowling and especially spending time with her grandchildren.
She took great pleasure in providing scrumptious meals for large gatherings of family and friends, enjoying dining al fresco at the beach house while guests played bocce, Jarts, swam and sailed.
Her large collection of shells and sea glass found while walking the beach in Branford and Florida, will always be on display. Before there was a Martha, there was crafty Jo. She enjoyed sewing, decoupage and painting furniture. Her friends from Garden Road and “the bridge group”, were an important mainstay in her life.
Anyone who knew Jo well would never call her during Jeopardy or 60 Minutes.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Jo (Dave Boston), her two sons, Robert (Mary Forman) and Brian (Cindy Becque); grandchildren, twins Madeline Ruth and Hannah Jo, Katie, Erika, Julianne, Christopher, Patrick, Owen and her sister Mary Ann Cullen of Stratford, and several loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Charles Mercurio earlier this year.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Friday, December 20th from 12 to 2 pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT 06460. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Rd., Orange. CT. 06477.
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