Josephine A. Stratch Stewart, 90, of Grangeville, died Monday, February 25, 2008, at the Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Josephine was born October 14, 1917 in Garden City, Kansas.
She married Ralph P. Stewart on October 24, 1934. They moved from Midwest Kansas to Grangeville in 1936. In 1941, they moved to Spokane for a short period before moving to Vancouver, Washington in latter 1941 to work in the shipyards during WW II. Josephine was a burner (cutting torch operator) in the shipyards and her husband Ralph was a shipwright.
They moved back to Grangeville in 1948 and two years later in 1950, they bought the Grangeville Transit Mix. Josephine was the business bookkeeper until 1976 at which time they sold the business to their sons, Ralph (Sonny) and Gary.
Josephine loved her many grand, great-grand, and great-great grandchildren and loved to spend time with them. She was a bowler for 40 years and was also an instructor for kids bowling. She loved to collect dolls and mend and make clothes for them. She had accumulated as many as 500 dolls over the years. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her friends and family. She also loved to make her many weekly trips to Kamiah to play the penny machines at the casino with her best friend, Lorraine Kennedy.
She is survived by a son, Ralph W. (Sonny) Stewart of Grangeville; grandson Gary and wife Susan Stewart, and their children Ashley, Kelly, and Calla; grandson Marty Stewart and his girlfriend, Kari Page, and Marty’s children Stephanie, Jordan, Dylan, Taylor and Jake; grandson Johnny and wife Kathy and their children Jason and Jennifer; granddaughter Kathy Henn and husband Bill, and their children Kyla, Cody and Chad; granddaughters Heidi Funke and Marcie Stewart and Marcie’s son, Ethan; great-great grandchildren Taren, William, Chance, Treson, Emma; as well as many nieces and nephews. Many other children considered Josephine to be their grandma, also.
Josephine was preceded in death by 3 infant sons in early years of marriage; her youngest son, Gary Stewart; 2 great grandchildren; her husband Ralph P. Stewart; daughter-in-law Yoshiko Stewart; all six of her sisters, and one brother.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 1:00 p.m., at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville, with Pastor Harold Gott officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.
Condolences to the family may be sent to www.blackmerfuneralhome.com.