Giuseppina “Josie” Caltagirone
October 1, 1932 – December 19, 2022
VISITATION: Wednesday, December 28th, 5 p.m., with 7 p.m. VIGIL SERVICE at West Center Chapel.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, December 29th, 10 a.m., at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 1920 N 102nd St.
Entombment: Resurrection Cemetery.
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Giuseppina was born in Sutera Sicily Italy on October 1, 1932. She passed on December 19, 2022. She was preceded in her passing by her husband of 44 years, Vincenzo Caltagirone; parents, Onofrio Urbano and Antonia Amica Urbano; siblings Marianna Zaccone and Guiseppe Urbano. Giuseppina is survived by her two daughters, Silvana (David) Lassek, Antoinette (Nicholas) Tantillo; grandchild, Nicholas Lassek.
Giuseppina married Vincenzo Caltagirone in 1957 in Sutera Sicily Italy. Shortly after they were married they moved to Northern Italy to a town called Bolzano. It was there that they were blessed to give birth to their first child, Silvana. Meanwhile in Omaha Nebraska her older sister, Marianna Zaccone was longing to be with her sisters, and that is when in 1961, Giuseppina, Vincenzo and Silvana emigrated to America. With the support of Uncle Carl Zaccone and Zia Marianna they began their new life in America. With the support of family and their faith in God they knew the American dream was possible. They worked hard during the day and in the evening they went to school to learn the English language. Giuseppina worked as a seamstress and Vincenzo worked as a furniture/cabinet maker. Three years later they were blessed again with the birth of their second child, Antoinette named after Antonia Urbano.
Silvana and Antoinette’s childhood was filled with wonderful memories of faith, family, food and celebrations. Their cousins were brothers and sisters and holidays were filled with love!
The memories of the long table in the basement that everyone sat at and the meals lasted all day. These memories included Nonno Paulino’s wine, Zia Marianna pizza, Giuseppina meatballs and our Zia Maria desserts! Just to name a few of the delicious memories.
Giuseppina always had a kind word and was selfless in her actions. She loved with her whole heart and taught the world the importance of faith, family and friends. She has such wonderful loving friends. Giuseppina was so proud of her family.
We want to thank you all for coming to pay your respects to our sweet mother. Especially our family and friends for all the love and support during this difficult time. The outpour of condolence messages and prayers has truly touched our hearts.