Josephine Coppola (Albanese) age 97, formerly of Florham Park, Short Hills and Morristown, NJ, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2022. She was born July 11, 1924 in Newark, NJ to the late Pasqualina and Anthony Albanese. Josephine was one of 5 children. She had a strong bond with her sister Ramona and her three bothers Lee, Al, and Vinnie, as she so fondly referred to them.
Josephine’s greatest joy in life was the love for her husband Frank and her 4 daughters. She is survived by her daughters, Ramona Hays (Paul), Elisa Polifka (Mike), Mary Jo DiSciullo (Alan), and Laura Wallach (Geff), 8 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
Prior to marrying Frank, she worked for IBM in 1950 in NYC at the onset of the computer industry with a team of 5 other women in data processing. Along with raising her family, she would resume her career in computer processing working for Allied Signal/Honeywell Corp.
She showed her daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren that through hard work and the grace of God there was nothing in life that they could not accomplish. She was a role model for her entire family. She ended her career working part time for Talbots where she received numerous awards and a book full of complimentary letters written to the President of Talbots praising her for her assistance and guidance to hundreds of customers. She retired at the age of 90. Josephine intuitively understood the need to help others. She was awarded the honor “Mother of the Year” at Saint Rose of Lima parish in Short Hills.
Josephine had so many talents. She had the gift of baking that was extraordinary. She was creative and her love of music and art surrounded her family enriching their daily lives. She was always experimenting and perfecting new talents. From making her own jams, to passing along the family tradition of canning tomato sauce and perfecting her needlepoint canvases. She became a Master in needlepoint, creating the most beautiful 3D works of art that won her acclaim and numerous awards.
Most importantly, she was a wonderful Mother always telling her girls to stand up for the truth and to realize their dreams. She lived a life that continually reached out, leaving her mark squarely on those who were fortunate enough to know her. As the matriarch of our family her influence on her grandchildren throughout their lives has been enormous. She is a testament to a life well lived through hard work coupled with great faith in God. Her commitment to family was always a priority. The 67 years of marriage to her beloved husband Frank instills in them today importance of family.
In her early 60’s she visited the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. It is through this visit that Josephine developed a daily vibrant devotion to the Divine Mercy Chaplet “Jesus, I trust in You”. She spread this message of Mercy to everyone she met. Her devotion to Divine Mercy earned her a perpetual membership in the Spiritual Benefits Society. In keeping with this devotion, we ask you in lieu of flowers to please consider sending a donation to share in creating a memorial in her name at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Tuesday, June 21st from 4 to 7 pm at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 22nd at 10 am at the Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Road, Fair Haven, New Jersey 07704. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, E. Hanover, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marian Fathers, P.O. Box 716, Stockbridge, MA 01262. Please indicate IMO Josephine Coppola on the memo line.