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Josephine Araneo

Posted on Nov. 16, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

April 14, 1917 - Nov. 13, 2013

ELKHART — Josephine Papandrea Araneo, 96, of Elkhart, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital.

She was born April 14, 1917, in Mishawaka to Stefano and Rosa (Barone) Pugliese. On Aug. 4, 1940, she married Joseph Papandrea, who preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 1968. On Aug. 20, 1977, in Elkhart, she married Joseph A. Araneo, who preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 1996.

Surviving are a daughter, Elaine A. (John) Swartz of Elkhart; a son, Stephen J. Papandrea of Elkhart; three grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Grace Miller of Elkhart; and a brother, Steven Pugliese of Elkhart.

She was preceded in death by a son, Rocco A. Papandrea; sisters Elenore Pugliese (infant), Josephine Pugliese (infant), Rose Arcaro and Elizabeth Arcaro; and brothers August, Vito Robert “Bobby,” Joseph, Mauro “Red,” Jack and Frank Pugliese.

Josephine worked for 42 years as a group leader at CTS, where she pioneered women’s rights. She was owner/operator of Josephine’s Realty. She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church and the Italian American Relief Association. Josephine was a master seamstress and a fabulous cook. Her greatest joy was to make people happy.

There will be no visitation or service. Cremation will take place and burial will be next to her husband in St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Elkhart, at a later date.

Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army.

Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral & Cremation Center is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to