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Josephine Massoud


Our mother and matriarch Josephine passed away on December 8, 2017 to begin her journey home to her daughter Patricia, her mother Mary, her father Elias and the rest of her departed family and friends. Josephine lived life " Her Way". She always had a clear and confident vision for herself and her family. Josephine's love is strong, omnipresent and something that her family and friends cherish and rely on, like a shelter from the storm.. With OUR mother you always felt safe and you knew that she always had your back. When deserving she dealt swift, effective and conclusive discipline, but when the tears settled Josephine was there without fail to build you back up and let you know that no matter what you did you were still loved. "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time!" Her brand of love was intended to build character by bringing you to the source of the conflict, no matter how uncomfortable, for a face-to-face apology and hopeful resolution. Her "Iron Will" was never more apparent than when after 30 years of smoking a pack a day she stopped cold turkey on the birth of her first grandchild. Never to smoke again!

Our Josephine was and exceptional teacher. Countless Massoud's learned how to swim under her instruction in the pool at Emerson place in Wayne. There was only one rule, you drop off your child and you leave. The family bowling instructor produced students of high average and the captain of the Depaul bowling team. Not to mention that she carried a 187 average and was a legend in female bowling at T-ball in Wayne. When Josephine was on a roll, the lanes went silent like the time she notched a 297. Her hand eye coordination was incredible ,not only in sports but also as the family doctor. Just ask any of her patients who underwent splinter removal.

Perhaps her HOSPITALITY is what she's known best for by her friends and family. Organization was not just a passion but a necessity and an art of Josephines. Stop and think about the sheer number of people who passed through her front door. Not to mention those who chose to go around back called by the sounds of revelry. It was truly great because you never knew who was going to come around the side of the house to add to the party. She worked 14 hour days seven days a week and twice on the holidays. We all have memories of Christmas Eve , the Budbadah and we already miss the smell from her kitchen. You could eat in, have some laughs and tell stories, or you could pick up a package of love to take home to your family. Hospitality is Josephine, but always served with the biggest portion of Fun! EVERYONE has their favorite auntie Jo story.

At the age of 60 Josephine was dealt the worst possible hand, loss of a child, her precious daughter Patricia. Instead of being rewarded for all of her hard work with the joys of simply being a grandma, she was thrust back into the role of a parent to Patricia's children. But with Josephine there were No Excuses, simply unacceptable! Josephine and her husband began a decade of five hour round trip rides to South Jersey to assure Patty's children got their Sito Giddo and family time. No Exceptions! That is what you can expect when you are loved by Josephine.

Josephine gave wise counsel to those who would show up on her doorstep no matter the time or circumstances. Often she played family mediator or loving listener. Not unlike anyone else, sometimes people would get upset with her, but I believe most often it was caused by her shining a light on your imperfections in a dangerous attempt to help you reach your full potential.

My Mom was a living example of CLASS, HONOR and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and she is DEEPLY MISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Josephine is survived by her husband Joseph Massoud of Cypress, TX, two sons; Anthony Massoud of Spring, TX, and Bryan Massoud and his wife Jodi of Englewood Cliffs, one daughter; Michele Rosell and her husband Robert of Cypress, TX, two sisters; Gloria Massoud, and Shirley Massood, two brothers; Mike Massood, and Joseph Massood, 15 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Patricia Massoud Beer in 1994.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Wednesday December 13, 2017 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday 9AM from the funeral home, then to Church of the Annunciation, 45 Urban Club Rd, Wayne where at 10AM a Funeral Mass will be offered.

Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.

Guest Book


We remember Josephine fondly from Annunciation and will keep her and Joe and the rest of the family in our prayers.

Michael & Eleanor Murno


To my sister Josephine, gone but never forgotten- For there is no friend like a sister, in calm or stormy weather, to cheer you on your tedious way and help you fetch one if it goes astray, to lift you when you fall down and strengthen you when you stand up. You are truly missed, not only today, tomorrow but forever. You're always in my heart, Love forever, your youngest sister, Shirley Marie

Shirley Massood


I was lucky enough to have experienced the hospitality and love generously given by Josey and Joe. She had me at hello! I was delighted that we had a few years together when they moved to Little Egg Harbor, and I got to decorate the house! My heart is heavy for you all who bear her loss, but I know she’s just getting the party started up in heaven.

Allison Brown


The death of your dear Mother has brought sadness to the many who loved her and whose lives she touchced. Jehovah Almighty promises to bring her back young, beautiful and healthy, with the prospect of living forever on paradise earth (Psalm 37:11,29, 39; Psalm 83:18). Put full confidence in Him because He CANNOT lie (Isaiah 55:10-11; Titus 1:2). Please visit JW.ORG for more comforting verses. I wish the peace of God on all of you (Philippians 4:6-7). My sincere condolences.

R. B.


So sad to hear of the passing of my Aunt Josie. I was her Goddaughter and I have so many fond childhood memories of her. She always took us bowling, ice skating, the movies etc...and hosted fun family get togethers. Although time and distance separated us, I will forever remember her in a special way. Sending prayers and love to Uncle Joe and the entire family.

Barbara Massood

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