Josie was born on February 13, 1914, in Rutland, Vermont; she was the cherished daughter of the late Carlo and Concetta (Palermo) LaGrassa. Josie grew up on the family farm in Sudbury, MA just down the road from Babe Ruth. Josie was part of a large and loving family; she was taught to work hard and put her family first above all else.
Josie married the “love of her life” Salvatore Castronovo in 1937; sharing more than 27 years of marriage before Salvatore’s untimely passing in 1964. Josie and Sal moved to the North End of Boston where they raised their four wonderful children and built a life of love and family. Josie was an amazing cook who loved to host holidays, especially Christmas, she also enjoyed birthday celebrations, and any other special occasion to get her family together.
More than 25 years ago, Josie moved from the North End to North Reading to live with her daughter Connie and be closer to her grandchildren. Josie always looked forward to spending time with her grandchildren and catching up on their lives.
Josie will be fondly remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to many. Josie made countless wonderful memories throughout her life that will be shared for generations to come.
Josie was the beloved wife of the late Salvatore Castronovo, devoted mother of Mary Barysky and her late husband Peter of Wilmington, Connie Castronovo of North Reading, Joseph Castronovo and his wife Christine of Wilmington, and the late Carlo Castronovo and his wife Kathleen of North Reading, loving “Nana” of Patricia and the late Steve Ritchie, Marie and Bill Mason, Deborah and Charlie Moussalem, John and Summer Mullowney, Michelle and Steve Bodoin, Joseph and Nicole Castronovo, Salvatore Castronovo, Lisa Castronovo, Michael Castronovo, and Carlo Castronovo, Jr. and “Great Nana” of Peter, Patrick, Philip, Olivia, Jonathan, Gregory, Ava, Lyric, Brooklyn, Christopher, Caitlin, Cameron, Joey, Jillian, Allyson, Melissa, Alex, Michael, and Lori. Cherished daughter of the late Carlo and Concetta (Palermo) LaGrassa, dear sister of Paul LaGrassa and his wife Peggy of Sudbury, the late Anna Manne, Nicholas LaGrassa, William LaGrassa, and Peter LaGrassa. Josie is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, November 13th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Roslindale. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 12th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Josephine’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.