Josephine Thompson

March 18th, 1920 to April 18th, 2014
Josephine M. Thompson went home to be with the Lord on April 18, 2014. She passed peacefully in her home, with her daughters at her side.

Josephine was born March 18, 1928 in Kentwood, Louisiana, to the late Elizabeth and Benjamin Castello. On June 19, 1948 she married the love of her life, Robert W. Thompson, who died March 28, 2010.

Josephine was a member of the National Honor Society and received an academics and sports scholarship to Junior College when she graduated from high school. She was in the first city recreation basketball tournament, sponsored by Doris Teachout, where her team won a championship.

In 1963, she received her Real Estate Certification from the Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Michigan. Jo, as she was called, was believed to be the first and only woman Ham Radio Operator in St. Clair County. She obtained her General Class Radio License and her call numbers were WA8DSS. For many years, Jo was costume chair-person for the Port Huron Figure Skating Club Ice Shows held at McMorran Ice Arena where six of her grandchildren and three of her great grandchildren skated. She retired from Prestolite Company and was involved with the United Way Christmas parties while working there. Jo loved to travel and spent ten winters in Florida with her husband, Bob. She enjoyed sports, participating in the St. Clair County Senior Olympics since 1996 and earning several medals. Jo enjoyed being busy! She loved to fish, sew and most of all, loved being with her grand and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary (Rick) Lund and Patrice (Glenn) Lottner; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Frances Castello Randazzo and Jane Castello Rich; a sister-in-law Doris Castello; and thirteen nieces and seven nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert J. Thompson and his wife, Sharon I. Thompson; a grandson, Michael Robert Kettlewell; three brothers, Peter, Vincent and Nick Castello; two sisters, Mary and Anne; a sister-in-law, Wanda Castello; a brother-in-law, John Curiale of California; and two nephews, David Castello and John Curiale.

Visitation will be 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Marysville Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited following the visitation at 8 p.m.

Mrs. Thompson will lie in state in St. Christopher Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. The Reverend Arthur Baranowski will officiate.

The Rite of Committal will follow in Riverlawn Cemetery, Marysville.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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