Josephine Carbonara Sansone passed away on April 18, 2013 after a lengthy illness at the age of 93. Born in Lockport on January 22, 1920, she was the daughter of Carl and Anna (Amato) Salmeri.
Josephine wed Charles Carbonara and had three children with him. She was an original "Rosie the Riveter", working at Harrison Radiator for nearly twenty-one years. After her first husband passed away, Josephine courageously left Harrison's and entered the University of Buffalo's Foreign Language Department. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in French Literature and engaged in post-graduate work at LaValle University in Quebec. Josephine taught French language and literature at McKinley High School for ten years. She retired and married Joseph Sansone, a marriage which lasted until his passing ten years later.
Josephine is survived by her son, John Carbonara and his wife, Karen; daughters, Francesca Brown, her husband, the late Lawrence and Patricia Baker and her husband, Donald. She is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends may call on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 2-5 PM in Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 22nd at 10 AM in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Donations to Niagara Hospice would be appreciated by the family.