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Josephine M.  Genualdi
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Obituary for Josephine M. Genualdi

Josephine Mary Genualdi (née Calderone), 94, our dearly loved Mom and Grammy, entered eternal life with Christ on August 22 at Friendship Village in Schaumburg, IL. Josephine entered the world on December 19, 1923 in Chicago, IL to Giuseppe and Johanna Calderone, the youngest of 8 children.

Jo attended Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart. She married her soulmate, Salvatore Thomas Genualdi in 1954, celebrating 42 years of marriage prior to his death in 1996. Together they devoutly raised their family in the Catholic Church, providing a parochial education to their children. Jo cherished her career at Carson Pirie Scott and Company (and accumulated a lot of name badges in almost 40 years at Randhurst). She culled countless friends from both co-workers and customers. She never met a gift she couldn’t make beautiful or a Ticketmaster request she couldn’t handle! Jo’s favorite pastimes were: loving on and bragging on her grandchildren, driving her car to a local coffee shop with a stack of magazines to re-energize, shopping for and designing miniature reproduction rooms, cooking and hostessing family dinners and holiday celebrations - spoiling everyone with baked and decorated delectable desserts and of course, again, working at Carson’s.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws (Mom called her son-in-laws her God-send): Ginny (Peter) Cooper, Judy (Tom) Yount and Peggy (Pat) Quinn; her grandchildren: Jim, Erin, Bill, Becca, Nick, Jenny and Elizabeth; and many nieces, nephews and relatives. Jo is preceded in death by her husband, Sal; her son: Michael Lazare and her parents.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 1 at 10 am, St. Mary Parish Church, 10 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove, IL. Mass in celebration of Josephine’s life will follow at 11 am. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery on the church campus.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and Friendship Village Senior Foundation - Memory Care, 350 W. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60194.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Mary Parish

10 N. Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Funeral Mass




11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Mary Parish

10 N. Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer's Association of Greater Chicago

8430 W. Bryn Mawr
Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60631

Friendship Village Senior Foundation - Memory Care

350 W. Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194

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