We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at McCabe Funeral Home - Derry
Josephine S. Carlson, 88, formerly of Hillside, passed away Tuesday, August 24, at Latrobe Hospital.
Josephine was born August 14, 1933, in Millwood (Derry Twp), and was the daughter of the late William and Alberta (Parks) Brewer. Widowed at the age of 43, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Carlson, in 1977. She retired from Chestnut Ridge Foam (the former Toyad Corp.) in 1993. She spent her life always caring for the needs of her family before herself, including being a caretaker for her mother, brother Bill and her mother-in-law. She dedicated her life to her family and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren extraordinarily.
She was a dedicated and lifetime member of the Hillside United Methodist Church and its former Women's Guild. She previously had been a Sunday School teacher and held many roles on church committees and also served on the Hillside Cemetery Association.
She is survived by two daughters, Carol Ehman and her husband Paul, and Shelby Meholic and her husband Dave, along with grandchildren Joseph Ehman and his wife Kim, Erin Baker and her husband Brad, and Carly Janik and her husband Steve, and great-grandchildren Clark, Luke and Alanna.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by siblings Jane Short, Mary Howard, Bill Brewer, Rachel Picard, Frank Brewer, Helen Leccia, and Wally Brewer. She is survived by siblings Nellie Crites (Howard), Bert Brewer(Jean) and Dave Brewer (Linda), and brother-in-law/sister-in-law Ronald and Veronica Carlson, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Hillside United Methodist Church, Cemetery Association, 279 Old Route 217, Derry, Pa., 15627.
Family and friends will be received 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 26, at the McCabe Funeral Home in Derry. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, August 27, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Donn Chapman, minister and friend of Josephine. Private interment will be held at the Hillside Cemetery.