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Josephine Helen Petroski


October 1, 2018

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Josephine Helen Petroski, 98, of Ironwood, and formerly of Neenah and Mercer, Wis., died on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Ironwood.

She was born on Sept. 22, 1920, in Ironwood, daughter of the late Martin and Kate (Surapetz) Buckovetz, She attended Ironwood schools, graduating from Luther L. Wright High School in 1938.

On Sept. 7, 1946, Josephine married Joseph E. Petroski at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Ironwood by the late Rev. Carl Petranek. They set up their first home in Detroit, where she worked during World War II.

They both eagerly looked forward to their annual two vacations with family at some lake cottage in Gogebic County. There was always lots of fishing, card games, horseshoes and singing along with Mitch Miller.

Joseph preceded her in death on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007.

Josephine was employed at the Burroughs Corporation in Detroit as an accountant for 33 years and seven months retiring on Sept. 30, 1980. During that time she was very proud of her volunteer work with Junior Achievement, helping many young people learn personal finance and accounting. Upon retirement, she and Joe moved to Neenah to be closer to family in Ironwood. She cherished her Ironwood roots and always felt most at home in the northwoods.

She was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church and enjoyed her visits from Fr. Robb Jurkovich. Josephine also had been a volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul for approximately six years in the not too distant past.

Josephine is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, who will remember her as a very supportive and generous aunt who made any gathering fun.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Martin and Joseph Buckovetz; sister, Katherine Osterman; sisters-in-law, Monica and Dorothy Buckovetz; brother-in-law, John Osterman; and her beloved Chihuahua, Molly.

In accordance with Josephine's wishes, cremation has taken place.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood at 11 a.m. with Fr. Robb Jurkovich as celebrant.

A committal service will take place at Riverside Cemetery directly following the Mass.

Luncheon will be served in the church hall upon return from the cemetery.

McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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