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Josephine M. Stradley

Staff Reports • Sep 29, 2017 at 2:37 PM

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Stradley will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church at 81 Center Road in Woodbridge, Connecticut. Burial will be at a later date.

Mrs. Stradley, 97, beloved wife of the late James H. Stradley for 52 wonderful years, passed away Sept. 28, 2017.

Josephine was born in Livermore Falls, Maine on April 17, 1920 to the late Ernesto and Emma Mollicone.

Josephine was the eldest of six children born to Italian immigrants. At 18 years old, she traveled 30 miles to St. Mary’s Hospital to be trained as a registered nurse. After her schooling, she enlisted in the U.S. Army in World War II and served as a lieutenant on the front lines as a surgical and trauma nurse. She met Jim, her husband, while in the Army, and they married after three weeks. Josephine worked for Bridgeport Hospital in the operating room for 10 years. At 42 years old, she returned to school to get her master’s degree for teaching. She moved to Massachusetts to work at Paul A. Dever State School for special needs children, and because of her love and dedication, a wing of the school was named after her. She retired from that school after 30 years at the age of 70.

Because of her zest for life even in her older years, Josephine began taking ballroom dancing lessons with her granddaughter. Some of her other interests included crocheting, gardening, shopping, baking and card playing. She was a 20-year resident of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for six months out of the year. After retirement, Josephine and Jim took many trips, and some of her favorites included Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Russia and driving cross country.

Josephine leaves behind her children, Kelly (Joseph) Dellacroce, James (Gina) Stradley Jr.; grandchildren, Lance (Jennifer) Dellacroce, Tyra (Jeffrey) Rabel, Brie (Jason) Pfannenbecker, James Reese Stradley, Samuel Stradley; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Herbert Mollicone; nieces, Judy (David) Martell, Pamela (Craig) Trepaniere, Tanya (Gerard) Nadeau; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Josephine was predeceased by her siblings, Yolanda (Oswald) Henry, Sylvia, Maria and Angela Mollicone; and her sister-in-law, Florence Mollicone.

The family has been compassionately cared for by the Cody-White Funeral Home at 107 Broad St. in Milford, Connecticut. To leave online condolences, please visit codywhitefuneralservice.com.

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