Josephine Rose Brefere, “Jo”, age 92 of Fort Mill, South Carolina, formerly of Purchase, NY, passed away on August 4, 2019 at Carolinas Medical Center, Pineville.
Josephine was born on August 13, 1926 in White Plains, NY, daughter of the late Rose Portanova Del Mastro and Rocco Del Mastro. She graduated from White Plains High School and Wood Secretarial School. Josephine worked as an Administrative Secretary and as the Secretary/Treasurer at Purchase Fire District. She was a past member the Ave Maria Guild at St. Anthony of Padua Church.
She was an avid crossword puzzle master and die-hard NY Yankees fan. Josephine loved cooking for her family, watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. She also enjoyed playing cards, reading and having fun playing slots at any casino.
She was kind and generous to everyone. She loved being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her family was her life as she was a devoted wife of 62 years to Frank Brefere at the time of his passing. They were married on July 10, 1949. Josephine was also preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Karen Brefere and son-in-law Peter Russo.
Survivors include her devoted children Joanne Hicks (Gary), Joseph Brefere (Lisa), Frank (Rose), and Stephen; grandchildren Jody, Frank III, Jared, Joe, Jr., Julia, John, Jeremy, Veronica, Tommy, Kevin, and Erik; great-grandchildren Hayden, Emma and Cole. Jo loved all of her nieces, nephews, lifelong friends and her grand dogs Maizy, Gomez and Nella.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 2:00PM until 4:00PM and also from 7:00PM until 9:00PM at McMahon-Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home, 491 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 85 Harrison St, West Harrison, NY 10604. Interment will follow the service at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in White Plains, NY.
Memorials should be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or to the ASPCA.
Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel and McMahon-Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home.