Friday, December 03, 1999

Josephine M. "JoJo" (Namio) Terzich - Class of 1967

MADISON - Josephine M. "Jojo" (Namio) Terzich passed away on Monday, December 1, 1997 at home. She was born in Madison on June 1, 1949 to Joseph and Caroline (Vitale) Namio. She was the third of four daughters and her father's namesake. JoJo graduated from St. Joseph's Grade School, Central High School in 1967, and attended Madison Area Technical College. She worked most of her life in the family restaurant, Namio's Supper Club. More recently she owned and operated Park Street Pets with the help of her children and sisters until shortly before her death. JoJo was a daughter, sister, niece, mother, cousin, and loyal friend. She structured her adult life around the well-being of her children. She loved golf, breeding exotic birds, all outdoor activities, and being with her family. She is survived by two children, Joseph and Tina Terzich; her parents; and her three sisters, DeDe (Richard) Munz, Jane Lien, and Kathy (Stan Reed) Namio. She is also survived by her dear friend and companion, Dave Ruhland; aunts and uncles, Sam J. Namio, Steve and Ann (Namio) Caravello, John (Evelyn Parkhurst) Namio, Frances Buscemi, Vicky Pellitteri-Stassi, and Catherine Gianquinto; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and three great-nephews. A memorial service will be held on Friday, december 5, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3618 Speedway Road. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to an account at the Park Bank for her children Joseph and Tina Terzich, P.O. Box 8689, Madison, Wisconsin 53708. Attention: Lora. JoJo wanted us to thank the patrons of Park Street Pets, The Macaw Club, and a special thank you to the Gynecological Oncology Staff at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and the HospiceCare Staff who showed her and her family that even when there is no hope there need not be despair.
There is no greater battle fought than the battle a mother fights to stay alive for her children. God bless you, JoJo. We love you. We know you are waiting for us, whole again and at peace.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 3, 1997

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