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Josephine Barnett



Josephine “Jo” Barnett, age 82, of Pompton Lakes passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017 in Newport News, Virginia.

Jo was born to Vincenzo and Bessie Natoli at the family home located at 474 Valley Brook Avenue in Lyndhurst, NJ. She spent her entire childhood in Lyndhurst and graduated from Lyndhurst High School with the Class of 1952.

Jo was very involved during high school as a member of: Yearbook Business and Literary Staffs, Senior Council, Student Council, National Honor Society, Future Teachers of America and Vice President of Theta Kappa. During the production of the high school play, she met the love of her life, John Philip “Phil” Barnett.

Jo and Phil married on September 5th 1953 at Sacred Heart Church in Lyndhurst and moved to Parris Island, SC where Phil was stationed with the US Marine Corps. They arrived there with $2 in their pockets and resided in a small in a trailer. When Phil was deployed to Korea, Jo returned to Lyndhurst to live with her mom and gave birth to their first child, Stephan. Shortly after Phil returned from Korea, they settled into a home in the Pines Lake section of Wayne for 24 years before relocating to Pompton Lakes for the next 35 years.

Family was the most important thing to Josephine and she worked hard at making the job of being a mom and grandma look easy. Her home was always ready and open to family and friends where she always kept them well fed. Her grandchildren will always treasure her hugs, kisses, being spoiled and most of all her unconditional love.

Josephine was the loving wife of sixty-two years to the late John Philip “Phil” Barnett (February 1, 2016); loving mother of daughter Barbara Dygert and her husband Jim of Seaford, VA; son James and his wife Lisa of Wayne; cherished grandmother of seven grandchildren Patrick Barnett, Ryan Barnett, Casey Barnett, Andrea Dygert, Elisabeth Barnett, Stephanie Dygert, and James Barnett, Jr. She was pre-deceased by her son Stephan Barnett in 1996 and her five siblings Sarah Salpepe, Doris DiPasqua, Rose Anyel, Anna Falzarano, and Philip Natoli. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Betty Natoli and many loving nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Sunday July 16, 2017 from 2-6 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, July 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM from the funeral home, then to St Mary’s RC Church 17 Pompton Ave, Pompton Lakes where at 11:00 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Josephine will be laid to rest with her husband on Tuesday, July 18, at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, NY, NY 10001.

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