Josephine M. Wise, age 82, of Dunkirk, NY, passed away at Westfield Absolut Care on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, following a brief illness.
Josie was born April 3, 1937, to the late Carl and Rose (Catalano) Yacklon.
Josie was predeceased by her best friend and husband of 57 years, Lyndon F. Wise, who died December 11, 2016. They were married in Dunkirk on July 18, 1959. Josie, also known as JoMom and Grandma Jo, is survived by three children: John Lyndon (Paula) Wise of Fredonia, Suzanne Helen Wise of Dunkirk, and Linda Jo (Edwin) Griewisch, also of Dunkirk. Linda was Josie’s loving caretaker the past few years. Josie is survived by four grandchildren: Sean Paul (Nicole) Wise of Hamburg, Hailey Jean (Tyler) Gajewski of Pittsfield, MA, Ryan John (Eileen) Wise of Dunkirk, NY, Theodore Lyndon Griewisch of Dunkirk, NY, great grandchildren: Joseph Ryan Wise, Michael Lyndon Wise, Cameron John Wise, Wren Josephine Gajewski, Zachary Cato, Gavin Cato, and Gabriella Cato. She is also survived by siblings Charles Yacklon, Carol Comello, Patricia (Sue Hankins) Yacklon, Rosemary (Eugene) Hilliker, and sister-in-law Dorothy Yacklon, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.She was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Yacklon Jr, and nephews Joseph Yacklon and Frank Comello, Jr. Josie spent a portion of her childhood living in Westfield, NY with paternal grandparents, the late Charles and Josephine Yacklon.
She graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1956.She was primarily a homemaker and stay-at-home mom, and worked at various jobs from time to time. Josie had a beautiful voice and loved to sing, enjoyed collecting bell and nutcracker figurines, cooking, baking, and was very fond of family get togethers. We will always remember our JoMom for her love of laughter.
Friends, neighbors, and relatives may call Friday from 10am to 11 am at the R. Mackowiak Funeral Home, 56 East Doughty St. in Dunkirk. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home at 11 a.m.. Flowers are gratefully declined.
Memorials in Josie’s name to the Lakeshore Humane Society in Dunkirk, or Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue in Westfield are greatly appreciated. Cards can be sent to the family at 758 Park Avenue, Dunkirk, NY.