Josephine V. (Morello) Fitzgibbons
January 24, 1923 – August 29, 2021
Age 98. Preceded in death by husband; son; parents; sisters. Survived by daughter, Geradette Geveshausen (Dan); two granddaughters, four great-grandchildren.
The family kindly requests masks (if unvaccinated) to protect those under 12 years old. The family will receive friends Thursday, September 2nd from 5pm to 7pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, September 3rd at 10am at St Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 “Q” Street. Interment: Holy Sepulchre. Memorials will be directed by the family
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Josephine was among the first generation of Sicilians born in Omaha, Nebraska. She was born in the family home on January 24, 1923, to parents Alfia and Carmello Morello. She was the oldest of three daughters, which included Mary and Nellie. Attended Kellom Elementary School and Omaha Tech High School. Upon graduation, Jo worked for Farmers Mutual of Omaha. When she was 30 years old, she married John “Jack” Fitzgibbons, a man 6 years her junior, on June 6, 1953. She was (and remained) ahead of her time by marrying a man so young.
In March of 1954, they welcomed their daughter Geradette Marie into the world. In early May of 1955, she lost her son (unnamed) at 5 months pregnant. In late May of 1955, she lost her husband to an automobile accident. Being a strong-willed woman, she persevered. She entered the workforce full time, learned to drive, and raised their daughter with the help of her parents. She retired from Mutual after 29 years and lived an astounding 35 years more.
Survived by daughter, Geradette Geveshausen (Dan); granddaughters, Nikki Geveshausen, Anni Chlopek (Marc); great-grandchildren: Eleanor (7), Shay (3), Jethro (2), Hudson (8 months); 41 beloved nieces and nephews; cherished friends.