In Loving Memory
Josephine Gloria Duganier
Josephine Gloria Duganier passed away peacefully in Houston, TX on Wednesday, the 1st of March 2017. Josephine was born on Saint Joseph’s Day, the 19th of March 1925, in Indiana County, PA to Giuseppe Gandolfi and Zoraide Santini Gandolfi and spent her childhood in rural PA.
She was an excellent student and cared for her four younger siblings after the untimely death of her oldest sister, Caroline. In loving memory of Caroline, who was killed as a teenager by a drunk driver, Josephine never drank alcoholic beverages. She was the embodiment of a clean and healthy lifestyle with a passion to ensure that she and her family ate balanced and nutritious meals. She graduated from Reynoldsville High School in 1943. She married Anthony, the love of her life, on the 3rd of May 1947, in Punxsutawney, PA. She was devoted to Anthony until his death in July 2010. She was devoted to her two children and a loving grandmother to her granddaughter.
Josephine was a woman of devout and unending faith in God, which enabled her to endure many miscarriages prior to her firstborn and the start of the family she and Anthony wanted so dearly. She was an enthusiastic student of etymology and a life-long learner. She rode her bicycle and danced daily until cardiovascular disease presented her with physical challenges during the last 20 years of her life. Despite these setbacks, she lived a very happy and fulfilling life, remaining a model of selflessness, with a beautifully warm smile and an unwavering positive outlook.
The Duganiers lived in the old Brooklyn community in Cleveland, OH for fifty-seven years where they raised their family, operated a home remodeling business and were founding and extremely active members of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. Although a full-time mother before her children started college, Josephine was employed at a variety of businesses afterwards. On their 62ndwedding anniversary, the Duganiers moved their residence to Houston's Brookdale Tanglewood, living a few miles from their daughter and her family. Josephine had many good friends at her new home and enjoyed the numerous organized activities.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Caroline and Christine and her brothers Benny and Eugene. Mrs. Duganier is survived by her daughter, Barbara Duganier (of Houston, TX) and her husband, Mike Urban; her granddaughter, Michaela Urban; her son, Allan Duganier (of Newport Beach, CA) and his wife Karen; her sister, Savina Bleggi (of Boardman, OH), and her many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She had a special place in her heart for Toni Urban and Jan Jackson, who showed her love and tenderness when she needed it most.
Mrs. Duganier’s family wishes to thank the staff of Brookdale Tanglewood and the loving aides at Gulf Coast Hospice that cared for her so tenderly until her passing.
The family will gather for a private funeral mass at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Houston at a later date.
According to Mrs. Duganier’s wishes, the interment will be held at Houston National Cemetery and will be laid to rest next to Anthony, a World War II veteran.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed towards American Heart Association, Go Red for Women, 10060 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77054, attention: Alena Oglesbee. You may also contact Alena directly at: email@example.com or 832-918-4063.
For those desiring to pay respects, an online guest book is available at www.geohlewis.com