Obituary of Josephine DeCicco

June 20, 2021

Josephine DeCicco 1920-2021

Josie was the quintessential New Yorker. Born in 1920, she spent her entire life living in her beloved Greenwich Village neighborhood. Josie was part of the first class to graduate from St. Anthony Elementary school and went on to Washington Irving H.S.

Three months after graduation she received a job offer from Bergdorf Goodman to join her sister Mary as a seamstress at the luxury retail store on 5th Avenue. She spent the next 46 years working there becoming one of the most sought after seamstresses. She was given the most difficult alteration requests by Mr. Goodman for clients such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, her sister Lee Radziwill and Audrey Hepburn. During those years, Josie and her parents and sister Mary spent time traveling to Europe, took cruises and enjoyed time with her cousins in Long Branch, NJ.

Josie was an active member of Our Lady of Pompei Caring Community Senior Center where she volunteered for 36 years. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Pompei Church her entire life. Every day, she could be seen walking along Bleecker Street, with her walker, and stopping to converse with neighbors and friends. She credited her longevity to her active lifestyle and not smoking. Josie believed that growing up and spending her entire life living in her beloved Greenwich Village was a blessing.

Funeral Services


June 27, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

June 27, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Greenwich Village Funeral Home

199 Bleecker Street

New York, NY 10012

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Funeral Mass

June 28, 2021

10:30 AM

Our Lady of Pompeii Church

25 Carmine Street

New York, NY 10014

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June 28, 2021

Calvary Cemetery

49-02 Laurel Hill Blvd

Woodside, NY 11377

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I was blessed to have known Josephine, she was an amazing New Yorker . Rest in Peace Josephine

Posted by: Donna Coles - New York, NY - June 22, 2021

Josie so loved her beloved "daughter" Jackie and her sons Dante & Delano, her dear friend Sandy Gabin and her mom Gloria Brown, her frieend and aide Norma, her dear relatives Lenny, Mary, Pat & Barbara & their mom, Regina,Ida & Jack and their children, and so many others. She adored her friends and always said "I love you" to all of us.
Josie you are missed and will always be loved. Your generosity and creative spirit will never be forgotten.

Posted by: marilyn pappert - ny, NY - June 22, 2021

My Dear Cousin Josie who always asked about my family and how much she loved me. I had many conversations with her and enjoyed them so much. May she Rest In Peace now as she suffered at the end.
Love you Josie. Cousin Mary

Posted by: Mary Tessitore - N Babylon, NY - June 23, 2021

Josie was an absolute treasure. Such a spirit that was full of love for life. Always showed such compassion & was ready to shower you with prayers, if needed. It was a true blessing to have had her in our lives & she will be dearly missed. Rest In Peace, sweet Josie, you were loved.

Posted by: Jill Moore - Pinehurst, NC - June 23, 2021

Rest In Peace sweet Josephine. You will always be in my heart. I love you always.

Posted by: Angela Budraj - Queens, NY - June 25, 2021
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