Josephine Ann Kavanagh (Hardesty)




          The Villages, FL-Josephine Ann Kavanagh (Hardesty) was born in Waterbury, CT on February 5, 1941, the third child of Margaret (Berry) Kavanagh and John (Jack) Kavanagh. Josephine (Jo) died on November 5, 2020 in The Villages, Florida. Jo is pre-deceased by her older sister Margaret and is survived by her older brother Jack.

          Jo was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier Grammar School, Waterbury Catholic High School and St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Waterbury, class of 1962. She later completed a nursing graduate degree at Boston University.

          Jo and some fellow nursing graduates started their careers in Fort Lauderdale, FL. There was a demand for nurses, so the pay was good, and by her account there was a lot of fun and sun to be enjoyed in Lauderdale. One hopes the patients felt the same after her care.

          After about three years of good times, Jo missed the ice and snow in New England, so she moved to Boston where she spent the rest of her career. While in Boston Jo worked for Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Faulkner Hospital and Carney Hospital.

          Upon retirement in 2008, she moved to The Villages in Florida. Jo was a “joiner” and she loved the opportunities The Villages varied clubs offered. She spent many hours at the pool; made frequent trips with friends to the ocean and volunteered. She took up golf and, although she was a high handicapper, she thoroughly enjoyed the nineteenth hole social hours. The Villages was truly a happy place for her.

          During her last two years she suffered constant pain and had two serious back operations. Last Fall an MRI revealed five brain tumors that were inoperable. She died peacefully on November 5, 2020 in The Villages.

          A Funeral Mass was held in The Villages on May 18, 2021. She requested cremation and burial in the Kavanagh family plot at Calvary Cemetery Waterbury. This will take place on August 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Those attending the graveside service should meet at the main gate at Calvary Cemetery at 10:45 a.m.

          The Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow Street in Waterbury is assisting with the arrangements.

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