Josephine J. Mallory, 94, formerly of Great Barrington, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in South Canaan, Connecticut. She was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Housatonic, daughter of Ignacy and Mary Anna Szewczyk Markarski. She attended local schools and was a 1943 graduate of the former Searles High School. She worked as a switchboard operator for Wheeler and Taylor, then for the General Electric’s drafting department in Pittsfield, the E.M. Ryder Jewelry Store in Great Barrington, and then was the assistant town clerk for the town of Great Barrington for 11 years. Josephine was a communicant of St. Peter’s Church and a former member of its choir and Rosary Sodality, Thursday Morning Club, a former member of the Interfaith Committee, a member of the Daughters of Isabella, a member of the James A. Modolo VFW post auxiliary, and a member of the Great Barrington Historical Society. Josephine’s husband John E. Sr., whom she married Sept. 25, 1945, in All Saints Church, predeceased her Sept. 14, 2007.
She leaves two sons: John E. Jr and wife Joanne and Joseph J., all of Great Barrington; one daughter: Anita J. DelGrande of Concord, North Carolina; four grandchildren: Annmarie, Suzanne, Julie and Claudine; seven great-granddaughters: Chelsea, Hannah, Mallory, MaryJane, Emily, Allison and Georgette; and one great-great-grandson: Quinton. Besides her husband and parents, Josephine was predeceased by brother Joseph S. Sr and son-in-law Allen J. DelGrande.
Funeral services for Josephine J. Mallory will be held Friday, Oct. 25, at 9:30 a.m. with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Church with the Rev. William P. Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. The family will receive friends at a calling hour preceding the funeral from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Birches Roy Funeral Home, 33 South St., Great Barrington, MA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy in Josephine’s memory be made to either the St. Peter’s Restoration Fund or to the Thursday Morning Club, both in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.