Sister Josephine Marie Franco, C.S.JB., who was a teacher and principal in the archdiocese for 58 years, died Nov. 3 at Providence Rest Nursing Home in the
Bronx. She was 91. She served for many years at St. Dominic’s School in the Bronx, as a teacher from 1953 to 1961, when she became local superior and principal, 1961-1967. She returned there as a teacher, 1977-1979 and 1988-2002. She served at St. Roch’s, Staten Island, as a teacher in 1967 and then as principal, 1968-1970. She also served at St. John Villa Academy elementary school, 1970-1988; she returned as an assistant there from 2002 until her
retirement in 2007. Her first teaching assignment in the archdiocese was at St. James School, Manhattan, 1949-1953. Sister Josephine Marie, formerly known as Sister Rosaria, was born in Brooklyn. She entered the Sisters of St. John the Baptist in 1936 and professed final vows in 1943. A Funeral Mass was offered Nov. 5 at St. Dominic’s Church, with burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.
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