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Josephine M. Rapko, 64, of New Castle passed away the morning of March 30, 2017, at UPMC Jameson Hospital.
Born in New Castle on Aug. 24, 1952, Josephine was the daughter of the late Anthony (Dundo) and Hazel Fornataro Ambrose. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of over 39 years, Alex Rapko Jr., whom she married on June 11, 1977.
Josephine worked as a LPN for 29 in the New Castle area. She also worked as a tax accountant, owning her own business, for over 30 years.
Josephine was known for always wanting to help people.
She cherished being surrounded her family and her grandchildren and always placed them first in her life. Josephine will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.
In addition to her husband, Josephine is survived by her children, Faith Maloney of DuBois, Pennsylvania, and her fiance, Mark Benson, Michael Zeigler of New Castle, Nicholas Rapko of Weirton, W.Va.; her sister, Geri List of California; her sister-in-law, Susan Ambrose of Heath, Ohio; and her eight grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Angelo Ambrose.
Honoring her wishes there will be no calling hours and services are private. Arrangements are handled by the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St.
Memorial contributions may be mailed to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh, 4371 Northern Pike, Monroeville, Pa. 15146 or the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15205.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.decarbofuneralhome.com.
Published on March 30, 2017
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