Josephine Arcidiacono, 87, of Galveston, passed away Monday, May 23, 2011, in Dickinson, Texas. She was born April 5, 1924 in Port Byron, New York, where her parents had immigrated to work on the railroads. Upon the Depression, they moved back to Acitrezza, Sicily, Italy, where Josephine learned to sew growing up with her aunt. An accomplished seamstress, she could sew anything, and she sewed for everyone. Josephine remained in Italy until she married the love of her life, Alfio “Rizzo” on April 8, 1945. They immigrated to Galveston in 1949. Josephine was a loving mother and Nanna. One of her greatest joys was preparing home cooked meals for her family. She adored her grandchildren as they adored her. Josephine was a member of Sacred Heart Church and a longtime member of the San Giovanni Italian-American Association. She was one of the original group who helped to bring the Feast of San Giovanni to Galveston.
Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfio Arcidiacono; and son, Salvatore Arcidiacono. She is survived by her sons, Nunzio Arcidiacono and wife, Silvana; and Alfio C. Arcidiacono and wife, Kimberly; daughter-in-law, Delma Arcidiacono; grandchildren: Alfio J. Arcidiacono; Joann Burke and husband, Matt; Josephine H. Arcidiacono; Anthony A. Arcidiacono; and Isabella Arcidiacono.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, May 25th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A rosary will conclude the evening at 6:30 pm.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Thursday, May 26th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Frank Fabj as Celebrant. Entombment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Alfio Arcidiacono, Sal Arcidiacono, Anthony Arcidiacono, Salvatore Jude Arcidiacono, Matthew Burke, and Sammy Arcidiacono.
In lieu of flowers, Josephine’s family requests that memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, or to Compassionate Care Hospice.