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Josephine Colosimo, 83, of North Tonawanda, a retired home furnishings consultant who was renowned for her cooking, died Tuesday (Feb. 13, 2001) in Sisters Hospital after a long illness.

The Buffalo native, known as "Jo," lived on the city's West Side until her husband, Frank H., retired in 1977 and they moved to North Tonawanda. He died in 1989.

She was a home furnishings consultant for Hengerer's downtown department store for 12 years.

Her family said that Mrs. Colosimo learned to cook at a young age, making her first pot of spaghetti sauce at 9.

Her holiday celebrations with traditional Italian foods and cookies were renowned among family and friends. She gave her recipe for spaghetti sauce and meatballs to many people, but no one was able to make it as good as hers, family members said.

Survivors include two sons, Frank A. of Buffalo and Ralph M. of Williamsville; a sister, Rose Angelo of Tennessee; a brother, Anthony Valenti of North Tonawanda; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 8 a.m. Saturday in Dengler Funeral Home, 2070 Eggert Road, Amherst, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 160 Court St. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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