Josephine 'Josie' Basile

February 14, 2020


Josephine ‘Josie’ Basile ,79 of Auburn passed away peacefully Friday, February 14,2020 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, surrounded by her loving family.
She was a life resident of Auburn, the daughter of the late Saverio and Maria Assunta Cacciopo Basile . ‘ Josie’ or Aunt Josie as she was affectionately known by her family and friends was a Central High School graduate, Class of 1958. She was a very devout Christian and had a very strong faith with The Lord. Josie cherished the years working at the Christian bookstore Life Discovery in the Finger Lakes Mall. She also loved reading scriptures from the Bible and participating in a local Bible study group. Josie really lived and believed in the three F’s in life. Faith, Family and Food .
She adored her family, especially the times spent with  her husband ,  daughter and son- in- law.
Josie also enjoyed  her cookbooks which led to cooking and baking  delicious meals for her family and friends . Josies warming smile and heart of gold will continue to live on and will never  be forgotten by the ones she loved.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 58 years, Francis Basile , beloved daughter and best friend Lisa Miller and her husband Allan of Scipio, sister Sandy Gonnella , brother-in-law Ronald ( Barb) Basile, nieces  Carol Dodge, Donna ( Lewis) O’Hare, Susan ( Robert) Clifford, Sharon ( Paul) Kellogg, Mary Jo ( Paul) Keba as well as several great- nieces, nephews. 

In addition to her parents she was also predeceased by a daughter Ann Marie, sister-in-law Beverly Basile , brother-in-law John Gonnella a great-niece Amy O'Hare and  great- nephew Patrick T. Cushing.

Calling hours are today ( Tuesday) from 4-7 pm in Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn. Josephine’s Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday at 9:30 am in Sacred Heart Church, with the Rev. Louis Vasile as celebrant.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

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February 18, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Pettigrass Funeral Home
196 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021

Mass of Christian Burial
February 19, 2020

9:30 AM
Sacred Heart Church
90 Melrose Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021

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