Josephine Bartels, age 87, a longtime resident of Union Street in Taylor, passed away Saturday morning at Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore after an illness. Her beloved husband of 46 years, Theodore M. Bartels, preceded her in death on April 24, 1999.
Born in Scranton on March 30, 1932, Josephine was the daughter of the late Thomas and Helen Zawacki Campbell. Educated at the former Saints Peter and Paul School in Scranton, she was formerly employed as a clerk for Scott’s Grocery Store in Scranton for 22 years. For 31 years until the age of 86 years young, she served as a dedicated and hard-working assistant deli manager for Scranton’s Gerrity’s Supermarket.
Kind, caring and loving, Josephine spent her entire life helping others. From taking in orphans during her own children’s youth to performing random acts of kindness throughout her life, her selflessness will never be forgotten. The bingo queen, she also enjoyed completing secret word puzzles. Her work ethic, ability to be independent and her good-hearted ways are only a few of the amazing characteristics Josephine will leave behind as her legacy.
She is survived by her daughters, Leona Campbell of Scranton, Theodora Tugend and husband Willard of Taylor and Debra Lupia and husband Anthony of Dalton; three grandchildren, Brandi and husband Dustin, Christina and husband Andy and Brian and Fiance Gia; and great grandchildren, Dallas, Taya and Logan.
Her son, Anthony “Red” Campbell, and two brothers also preceded her in death.
Her family would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Kenneth Sebastianelli along with the tremendous staffs of both Sacred Heart Hospice and The Gardens of Green Ridge for the care given to Josephine throughout her illness.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin on Wednesday at 9:00AM from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge, with a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Church Parish, 1403 Jackson Street in West Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. John Ruth. Burial will follow at the Cathedral Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Tuesday between 4-7:00pm at the funeral home.