Josephine Rio, 86
Hudson - Josephine “Jo” (Repanti) Rio, 86, passed away Saturday Dec. 20, 2010 at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles, who passed away in 2008. Those in the area may remember her 20-plus years as a sales clerk at Jordan Marsh at Shoppers World in Framingham.
Mrs. Rio attended Hopkinton public schools and was employed as a secretary at the Telechron Clock Company in Ashland during World War II. In 1947, she married Charles and they shared 61 wonderful years together in the home that he built for her on Washington Street in Hudson.
She is survived by her two daughters, Paulette and her husband, Lance Thomas, of Hyannis and Debra and her husband, Kevin Murphy, of Marlborough. She is also survived by her step-sisters, Alma Acton of Hopkinton and Helen Haven of Sudbury, and many nieces and nephews.
She and her husband were members of the Marlborough Country Club for 38 years and was a member of Saint Michael’s Church in Hudson. She was the ultimate home maker – adeptly skilled in cooking and all things necessary to make a home comfortable and welcoming to others. She was a skilled and passionate gardener whose flowers were stunning and whose vegetable garden was so bountiful, she often had to give away bags of vegetables to friends and family. Her smile and gracious warmth will be missed by all her knew her. She had a kind and gentle heart for all animals, and her cat, Stretch, will miss her.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 27 from Saint Michael’s Church, with burial at Forestvale Cemetery in Hudson. The Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home of Hudson assisted with arrangements. Donations may be made in honor of Josephine Rio to the Buddy Dog Humane Society, P.O. Box 296, Sudbury MA 01776 (1-978-443-6990 or online at http://www.buddydoghs.com/) or charity of your choice.
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