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1 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear family of Josephine:I am so saddened by your loss.Josephine was such a wonderful, funny, smart woman. She has some awesome daughters to carry...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Joanna James - NORTHAMPTON, MA

“Patrice-Time has no boundaries when the bond of our family is shaken. You have a solid foundation of faith and family and my prayer for you and your...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest condolences go out to my cousins and families at this time...I remember their mother Josephine as a very sharp,spirited,and genuine woman...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Joe Magnan - NAPLES, FL

“Patrice;I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was an exceptional, witty, generous, loving, charming, funny, unforgettable, community and God...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Jackson Pierre-Louis - Branford, CT

“I am sorry you had to lose someone so important and special in your life. No one can replace your mom, but God can comfort your heart. I'll be...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Milagros Acosta - West Hartford, CT

“Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to Maureen and the entire family. May God's presence sustain you during this difficult time. All of us here at the...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Ann M. Clark - Hartford, CT

“Your mother was an exceptional woman full of life and a fire within her that nothing could put out. Her legacy lives on through her daughters. I...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Evette Rivera - Hartford, CT

“PatriceI am very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Our mother's sound a lot alike.May they enjoy their well deserved eternal rest and peace...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Pat Dillon - Newington, CT

“I am so sorry to hear of Josephine's passing. We were classmates and best friends in high school and she was my Maid of Honor at my wedding. The...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Anne McGuire - Norwood, MA

“- Many great memories of Jo (Mrs Magnan to me) growing up in Longmeadow. High School graduation, Christmas carroling, and even excellent advice to my...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Glen Bassett - Lexington, MA

“So very sorry for your loss. Her memory lives on in her daughters....May God Hold Your Mother in the Palm of His Hand. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Sharon Saavedra - New Britain, CT

Josephine Dempsey Magnan passed away peacefully at her home on March 25, 2017. Born in 1929, she graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Revere, MA. Josephine married the love of her life Bob in 1954 and they were married for 60 years.
Josephine is survived by her children, Patrice (David) Peterson, Janice (Matthew) Meehan, Denice Graves and Maureen Magnan and her husband Michael Caron, and her grandchildren, Mary Margaret and Michael Meehan and Rachael and Dylan Graves and Mackenzie Caron and brother Jack Dempsey. She is predeceased by her husband, Robert, her daughter Mary and her brothers James, Joseph and Robert Dempsey.
She led a deeply religious life, always relying on her faith for guidance. She was most recently a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford where, in 2015, she proudly sponsored the Angel Tree at Christmas time.
A proud Bostonian, she loved her time working in Boston and especially enjoyed her dates with her sweetheart at the Parker House Hotel. Growing up by the ocean, she found inspiration walking the beach both in Revere and Naples, Fla.
While raising her daughters in Peabody and Longmeadow, MA Josephine, held many jobs and volunteer positions. Underwriter for USF&G, market researcher, and tax examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Girl Scout troop leader, member of the Legion of Mary, and active in the Democratic Party. Josephine was very proud of her recent work with State Senator Beth Bye and the staff of the Appropriations Committee.
Her family would like to thank the wonderful staff and administration of Hamilton Heights for all the kindness and support they gave to their mother and entire family during the past year.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Connecticut Challenge Center for Survivorship: Contact information: 250 Pequot Ave. Southport, CT 06896,
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday March 29 at 10:00 am at the Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle 872 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery , West Hartford. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday March 28 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home 136 South Main St., West Hartford. For online condolences and directions please visit