LaRouche, Josephine V. Jones
Josephine, age 96, passed away January 27, 2014. She was born in Essexville on December 27, 1917 to the late John and Lucy (Meyer) DeWyse. She retired as an Administrative Assistant from Dow Chemical Company in Midland. She was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Linwood where she organized the funeral committee and served as a Eucharistic Minister; was a member of St. John the Evangelist in Essexville where she was a member of the Altar Society, League of Catholic Men & Woman, and served as a Lector; served her community by delivering flowers to those who were shut in, helping with Christmas Giving Trees and local food pantry, and volunteering at the Michigan Community Blood Center; and enjoyed baseball, football, and day trips “up north”. She was awarded the Vital Action Citizen Award for Bay County and was proud to have April 16th designated as Jo LaRouche Day in Bay City. More important than all of her contributions to her community, she was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. Her generous contributions to others was a part of her life, but sharing time and events with her family was her life.
Surviving are her children, Kathleen (William) Chalmers of Essexville, Bonnie (Roy) Ebel of Bay City, Robert (Bonnie Sisco) Jones of Fresno CA, and William (Sharleen) Jones of Essexville; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; sisters and brothers in law, Betty DeWyse, Betty Daley, Kathleen Leinberger, William Jones, & Ronald and Robert (Irene) LaRouche. She was predeceased by husbands, Robert Jones in October 1970 and Merlin LaRouche in November 2011; granddaughter, Jodi Peplinski; and great grandsons, Robert Russell and Tyler Thomson.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 11 AM with Fr. Dale Orlik officiating. A private burial will take place in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. The family will be present at church to receive friends on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, those considering an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions to the wishes of the family. To sign online guestbook, visit www.cremationsocietymidmi.com