Josephine Michaelson

MICHAELSON, Josephine , 94, loving mother and wife, born February 17, 1923, in Russiaville, IN, passed away June 15, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard and her brother, Robert Hollingsworth.

Jo was crowned Miss Kokomo at 16, and met her future husband, Lenny, playing trumpet at a jazz gig in northern Indiana the summer of 1942. She and Lenny married June 5, 1943, in Laredo, TX, where he was stationed during World War II. After the war, they moved to Chicago, IL, and later to Skokie, IL, where they settled and had two children, Steve and David. 

The family moved to Tampa, FL, in 1958, where Josephine raised her family and did interior decorating and some home design for Lenny's home-building business. "She had great inspiration for plan/design concepts for the Florida home", according to the Lenny's architect, Jim Teske. After tweaking original plans, her ideas undoubtedly generated more sales.

Jo was regarded by everyone who knew her as a gracious, loving person who always went out of her way to help others. She stayed friends for life with the people she met along life's journey. A big thank you to all her life-long friends including Helene (Colby) Drake, friends for 60 plus years, Olga Alcolado and Violet Alfonso, friends for 50 plus years, Rebecca Maybury, friends for 40 years, Helen Thompson, Beth Stewart-Martinez (Al), and Jo's business partner for 33 years, Stanley Ashe. 

Jo contributed to so many causes over the years, including Metropolitan Ministries and Hadassah. 

We would like to thank the many care-givers at Hospice, St. Joseph's Hospital, and Rehabilitation & Healthcare of Tampa. The all helped care for her with great compassion and comfort. 

She is survived by her sons, Steve Michaelson (Connie), of Pottstown, PA, and David Michaelson of Tampa, FL; sister, Charlotte Young of Kokomo, IN.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice, St. Joseph's Hospital, or the Dementia/Alzheimers Foundation of America (AFA).

Funeral Services will be held at 10 am Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services, 4601 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL. Interment will follow at Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Date: June 21, 2017

( Daughter of Abram T. of Samuel P. of Isaac of Joel of Isaac of George of Abraham of Thomas of Valentine)

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