Josephine H. "Jo" Culmo, a resident of the Town of Lancaster who was fondly known in the town's school district as the "Spaghetti Lady," died Friday in the Erie County Home, Alden, after a brief illness. She was 93 and under the care of Hospice.
Born Josephine Carbone in Albion, she began her path in food preparation as a young girl, working at an ice cream parlor next to the rail station. She then worked at many farms and local canneries.
Her talents led her to organize bake sales for the local fire hall, then to start the food service program in John Schiole School in Lancaster in the 1950s, after she moved to Bowmansville. She worked in the school as cafeteria manager until she retired in 1975.
Mrs. Culmo was a founding member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Department. She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bowmansville.
She enjoyed cooking, sharing her Italian recipes and telling many life stories to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her husband of 65 years, Salvatore "Sam," died in 1997.
Survivors include a daughter, Rose Ann Faxlander of Williamsville; a sister, Mary Solberg of Cheektowaga; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Church, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Bowmansville.