Cover photo for Josephine Marie Flesher's Obituary
Josephine Marie Flesher Profile Photo
1930 Jo 2023

Josephine Marie Flesher

October 9, 1930 — February 21, 2023

Madison

Josephine “Jo” Marie Flesher, 92, of Rockford, IL, died at 6:37 pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at Agrace hospice facility in Madison, WI, after a short illness surrounded by her loving family. Born in New York City on October 9, 1930, Josephine was the daughter of Joseph P. Porcello and Matilda Palmerone, and sister to Jean. Josephine was proceeded in death by her husband of 53 years, Henwood C. Flesher Jr.; her parents; brother-in-law, Ralph Pignataro; stepsister, Mary Palmerone; and stepbrothers, Wallace Capobianco and Danny Palmerone.

Survivors include daughters: Deborah (Bruce) Kepner of Madison, WI, and Penelope Thimmig of Rockford; sons: Henwood C. (aka Chip) Flesher III, of Oconomowoc, WI, and Michael P. Flesher (Michael Wood) of Madison, WI; daughter in-law, Cathy Bill of Cambridge, WI; grandchildren: Heidi Vasquez, Charles Thimmig, Erin Maiden (Ty), Nathan Kepner (Eleni), Brook Zirzow (Zach), Bridget Flesher, Elizabeth Wood, and Susan Wood; great grandchildren: Shawn, Anastasia, Angel, Alexander, Grant, Crosby, Brock, Niko, Ellie, and Graham; sister, Jean Pignataro of East Northport, NY; step brother, Nick Palmerone (Eileen) of Stonington, CT; nieces: Donna Rosen (Fred) of East Northport, NY and Tina Esswein of Melville, NY; nephew, Anthony Pignataro (Linda) of Commack, NY; cousins: Barbara Harp, Livonia, MI, and Mary-Lou Sheara, Babylon, NY: and many great nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family extends a special thanks to the loving staff and volunteers at Agrace Hospice who provided tremendous care for Josephine at the end of her life.

Josephine, a 61-year resident of Rockford, IL, dedicated her life to her family and friends, and to the organizations she was involved with over the course of her life, including Rockford’s Protestant Welfare’s mobile meal program, Welcome Wagon, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Rockford Memorial Hospital, West High School Boosters, and many others. She had a true gift of connecting with people and never met a stranger. Her happiest moments were when her children, grandchildren, and friends were gathered, and she could serve them her favorite recipes, including her famous Italian red sauce and sour cream coffee cake. Josephine will be remembered for her loving, inquisitive, and caring spirit, that will live on in her family near and far.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023, with a visitation from 10-11AM, service at 11 AM, followed by a burial in the Resurrection Ash Garden, and lunch at the family’s hometown parish, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 North Church Street, Rockford, IL, with Reverend Diane Tomlinson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Josephine’s honor to the Agrace health care agency in Madison, WI: https://www.agrace.org/donate/ or Emmanuel Episcopal Church “Emmanuel Guild” Program: https://www.emmanuelrockford.org/giving/. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Madison, 2810 Crossroads Drive, Madison, WI.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Josephine Marie Flesher, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, April 1, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

412 N Church St, Rockford, IL 61103

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Memorial Service

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

412 N Church St, Rockford, IL 61103

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Guestbook

Visits: 558

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree