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Obituary for Josephine "Jo" Coscia

Josephine "Jo" Coscia
Jo Coscia passed away at home at the age of 84 on January 15, 2020. Jo’s memory will live on in those who knew her: husband of 63 years, Carmine Coscia and their children; son, Tom and his wife Sue; daughter Elizabeth and her fiancée James Daly and her sons Gabriel and Tristan; daughter Juliet and her husband Snorri Ogata and their children Max and Lily; brother, Silvio Vitiello and his wife Rae Ellen; brother Mario Vitiello and his wife Rosemarie.

If you came to know Jo, you would come to love Jo. She was sweet, caring, considerate and was always concerned about her family and friends more than herself. Jo was a devoted and adored daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. She was a creative gourmet cook that was appreciated by all her guests. She decorated her home meticulously with an eye for décor and color. She was fond of hearts and the color red.

Jo had a quick, keen sense of humor inherited from her beloved father, Salvatore Vitiello. Yet like her dear mother Elizabeth, she was thoughtful and sensitive about what she said. These endearing attributes made her an admirable role model for her children. She was very instrumental in their accomplishments, Tom who graduated with an MBA in Marketing, Elizabeth who earned a Ph.D in Animal Behavior and Juliet who obtained a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. She also played a role in the achievements of Carmine and his “scientific children” at St. Louis University, some who considered her to be the greatest cook in the world.

In the beginning of her life in St. Louis, Jo became fond of growing plants, particularly succulents and orchids. She joined the St. Louis Cactus Society and was very active in that group. Subsequently, Jo was a volunteer docent at the Missouri Botanical Gardens for 13 years and loved to introduce visitors to the then new Japanese garden. Jo was also engaged in civic matters in the city of Clayton for which she was recognized by the Crème de la Clayton Award. More recently, she became a devoted caregiver of both her father and mother in their last years of life and as a volunteer at a home for retired nuns.

Jo met Carmine in the first grade and their love for each other grew and persisted throughout their lives. Hand in hand, they traveled the world making friends along the way. They had a beautiful life together.

A visitation will be held at Bopp Chapel in Kirkwood January 22, 4-8 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Church in St. Louis January 23, 10 am.

Donations in Jo’s memory can be made to the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
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