Josephine Mary Passero Junda, was welcomed into heaven on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the age of 87. She was born on October 9, 1930 to the late Virginia Ovino Passero and Rosario Cyrus Passero. She was the loving wife of the late Felix Anthony “Dago” Junda, Jr. Mother of Karen Junda Montero (Clyde), Dawn Junda Pizani (late Alan Sr.), Pamlia Rose Junda (Terry), Felicia Junda Willis (Darren), Michele Junda Thibodeaux (Paul) and the late Brenda Junda Olivo. Grandmother of Chad Montero, Ronnie Foy, Shannon Pizani, David Foy, Robert Foy, Alan Pizani, Kristen Montero, Nikki Junda, Kassi Willis, Chelsi Thibodeaux, and Darren “Lil D” Willis Jr. Great Grandmother of Allison, Maegan, Virginia, Ronnie Jr., Jarrin, Michael, Cassie, B.J., Cameron, Madison, Mackensi, Gavin, Mia, Peyton, Hannah, Bailey, Isabella, and Noah. Sister of Joseph Passero, Rosario Passero (Jean), Walter Passero (Evelyn), James Martin, and the late Aurelia Gaffney (Clyde), Louise Bulot (Eric) and John Martin (Jeannie). Also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Junda was a jack of all trades, including mechanic, carpenter, painter, seamstress, babysitter, housekeeper, avid reader, and an amazing cook. She enjoyed telling stories about her childhood. Josephine may have been a 4’ 9” little Italian lady, but her strength and will was 6 feet tall and she was most definitely the rock of the family. Mrs. Junda was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Family meant everything to her. She was loved and adored by all who knew her. She was an angel on Earth with hidden wings. She was a proud and devoted contributor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She prayed to St. Jude everyday.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, starting at 11:00 AM, followed by a Funeral Service in the chapel at 2:00 PM. Burial will be private in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.