Josephine K. ‘Josie’ Kinkella

GLADSTONE, Mich. — Josephine K. ‘Josie’ Kinkella, 98, of Gladstone, passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 11, 2018, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba.

Josie was born Nov. 20, 1919, in Gladstone, the daughter of Fredrick and Barbara (Frankovich) Kinkella. Josie was raised in Gladstone and attended the Buckeye, All Saints and Gladstone schools. She went on to work at Abbott Laboratories, in North Chicago, before enlisting in the WAC (Women’s Army Corps) in 1943 where she served for 32 months in Casablanca, North Africa. Following her honorable discharge, Josie attended cosmetology school in Iron Mountain. She later worked for Marble Arms and Marble Electric, which later became Eaton Corporation, retiring from Eaton Corporation after 45 years of employment. Josie loved to dance, bowl, knit, play cards and take an occasional trip to the casino.

Josie was preceded in death by her parents, Fredrick and Barbara; sisters, Florence DeSmet and Angela Gregorich; brothers, Alfred Kinkella and Dr. Albert Kinkella; sister-in-law, Evelyn Kinkella; dear friend, Tim Katarincic.

Josie is survived by her nine nieces and nephews, several cousins and her very dear friend Ardy Katarincic.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating. Josie will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery in the spring. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com