Josephine Martella

Josephine "Josie" Martella

Thursday, January 11th, 1934 - Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
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Josephine L. Martella (“Aunt Jo & Josie”), age 86, beloved Mother and Grandmother went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. She was born on January 11, 1934, in Philadelphia, PA, born to Carmen and Concetta Vona. She is survived by her sons, Edward Martella and wife Rhonda of Henrico, VA; and Joseph Martella and wife Barbara of West Deptford, NJ; grandsons, Collin Martella of Cyfair, Texas; Steven Martella of Henrico, VA and Chase Martella of West Deptford, NJ; granddaughter Alexis Martella of Henrico, VA; brother, Tony Vona of Lansdale PA; and sister, Rita Tropiano of Williamstown NJ. Josie was predeceased by her husband, Edward Martella; brothers, John, Jimmy, and Orlando Vona; sisters, Philomena Maiaroto, Gilda Ondrejka and Frances Conner.

Josie was much loved by her family especially her grandchildren and all of her nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. She was a tenacious woman and her funny remarks and presence will be deeply missed by many. Our family is comfortable in the knowledge that she is finally reunited with her devoted husband who she pined for over the past 36 years. Relatives and friends are invited to a socially distant visitation with Josephine's family (requiring a mask) on Saturday, June 13, 2020 beginning at 9 A.M. at St. Monica's Church, 17th and Ritner Sts., followed by her Funeral Mass at 10 A.M. Interment will be privately held. Please visit to sign Josie's Memory Wall and receive a link regarding the service.

The Martella Family requests that everyone one who attends and watches the Facebook Live Stream service to please comment your condolences on the page, or sign Josie's Memory Wall so the family knows who to thank.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    St. Monica Church
    17th and Ritner Sts.
    Philadelphia, PA 19145
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A socially distant visitation (requiring masks) will be held. Facebook Live Stream:
  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Monica Church
    17th and Ritner Sts.
    Philadelphia, PA 19145
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  • Interment

    Interment Private
    Address Not Available


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Mike DImperio

Posted at 12:28pm
I remember ED and Josie very well, both were involved in ST Monicas Scouts my nephews are Billy and Kevin Atwell all of us would be getting ready to go to camp st monica ed and josie would be in the middle getting things ready,,Those were the days all of us camping out. I remember ED singing a song around the camp fire, it was about
METING SAINT PETER at the GOLDEN GATE and ALL ED wanted was ONE more cigarette before he went through the golden gates, ,LOL I saw Mr MARTELLA about a year before he died i helped him lite a cigarette..I said Mr Martella lets all go camping again he said, Mike those days are gone forever,,BUT I say The great memories will live forever.. REST in peace MR and MRS Martella,,,,MIke DImperio

Ed Martella

Posted at 07:14am
Thank you to all who attended the service and to all who helped Mom over the years. Clearly, we are all heartbroken but I wrote out these final thoughts to comfort me and hope that it does the same for you:

Mom and Dad were kindred spirits.

The met during the early 50’s at a Roller-Skating Rink in Philadelphia. Mom was not interested in Dad but after he pursued her, they fell in love and were married.

They lived modestly – Dad only worked 10 months a year as a printer and Mom was a housewife. They had two boys (who have gone on and have wonderful families of their own) and they had a lot of fun times – especially Christmas. But there were tough times. Early on, Mom developed a medical issue and Dad had every chance of leaving but stayed because he loved her. Later, Dad developed medical issues and Mom could have left – but did not because she loved him. Together they got through the worst of it and continued on to raise their boys. Dad’s medical issue worsen, and he finally succumbed to them at an incredibly young age.

Mom was broken hearted and did her best to hide it – but her family and friends knew otherwise. When anyone talked with Mom, there was always a reference to Dad. She would say many, many times: “Eddie would have a lot to say about that…” or “Well if your Dad were here…” and then “ If you Grandfather were here to see you…”. Time and time again, the same responses for 34 years.

For the last two years, the responses changed considerably – “I’m lonely - I want to be with Dad” or “I want to be with Grandpa” or “I want your Dad to come take me”.

Last month, the Lord granted Mom her wish.

It’s important to note that back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, Dad was an especially important steward of the church. Despite his disabilities, Dad was given the honor to hold the keys to every church owned building in the parish. During his mass service, right here in this church, Bishop DeSimone recognized Dad’s dedication and said something very profound – “If at any time St. Peter was tired of holding the keys to the pearly gates…he can certainly rely on Ed to take care of them…”.

Mom and Dad had numerous family members, neighbors, and friends over the years. Since Dad’s passing, his mother in law, many brothers and sisters and brothers in law and sisters in law and nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbors, and friends have passed. We can only imagine that all showed up at the Pearly Gates, in front of St. Peter, with Ed at his side. And Dad being Dad – with each – Dad turned to St. Peter and said

“ I know them, they are good people, please let them in!”

Last month, Mom showed up at the gates and knowing Ed, this was already a done deal. Dad probably handed the keys back to St. Peter and said, “I hope you don’t mind, but I think it’s our time now”. With that, Mom and Dad walked hand in hand, through the gates and right back to that Roller-Skating Rink where they first met.


Posted at 01:13pm
So sorry I could not be at the Mass. It was a wonderful tribute to your mom. I am sure she is looking down from heaven and smiling with pride. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Connie and Vince

Anna Jungclaus

Posted at 10:58am
Jerry and I thank you for sharing the Funeral Mass for Josephine. We were honored to be a part of it.
Ann Jungclaus and Jerry Gullekson

Louis Gilmore

Posted at 09:02am
Our thoughts are with the Martella family today. Thinking of you and love you guys!

The Gilmores

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