Josephine Forte Viviano
Josephine Forte Viviano passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the age of 94. She was born to the late Sam Forte and Lena Guercio Forte on May 10, 1925 in White Castle, LA as one of 11 children. Beloved wife of the late Carlo J. Viviano. Loving mother of Nicholas Viviano (Karen), Maria Haslauer(David) and Angela Bray(James). Grandmother of Paul Viviano(Lauren), Michael Viviano(Monica) Patrick Viviano, John Viviano(Stephanie), Regina Viviano, Carla Haslauer Reimold(Fabian), Monica Haslauer Tillman(Brady), Alexandra Haslauer Nazario(Michael), Erica Haslauer Estrada (Daniel), Erin Bray Patterson(Bradley), Kevin Bray(Ericka), David Bray(Kristin) and Chelsea Bray. Great-grandmother of Luke, Abigail, and Genevieve Viviano, Jonas Reimold, Madeline and Alexander Tillman, Clare and Colin Patterson, Anthony, Michael, James and Mia Bray. Preceded in death by brothers Vincent, Sam, Roy, Joe and Raymond Forte and sisters Rosie Hufstetler, Carmelite Bajon, Evelyn Bajon and Lena Medica. Survived by one sister Mary Hubble. Also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews.
Josie was a strong, independent woman who was a role model for her children and grandchildren. She was a woman ahead of her time. She left White Castle to attend LSU, graduated from business school, and attended Hotel Dieu School of Nursing after which she worked in the Polio wards in South Carolina. Having been widowed at a young age in the 1950’s, she raised 3 children as a single mother working tirelessly as a surgical RN and supervisor at Hotel Dieu for 40 years. She was a no-nonsense, witty woman full of common sense and “pearls of wisdom”. She had a life long passion for travel. Later in life she participated in St. Joseph’s altar at St. Anslem and was a member of the Holy Mackerels. Though life threw many roadblocks in her way, she met each of them with a fierce determination to give her children the best life possible. She was proud of their successes but proudest of the strong families they built with her grandchildren and great grandchildren as her greatest legacy. Her unwavering faith in God and the plan He has for each of us carried her through times of joy and sadness. We, her family and friends were honored and thank God to have known and loved and been loved by this wonderful woman.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 501 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington, LA 70433 on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM with a wake at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington, LA 70433 on Friday evening from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM and a visitation at church on Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 AM.
Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Mrs. Viviano to be made to a charity of your choice.