Josephine Powers

Posted Online: Nov. 27, 2012, 6:26 pm
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Josephine A. Powers, 94, a resident at the Hammond-Henry Hospital Extended Care Center, Geneseo, formerly of Rock Island, died on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at the center.
Services for Mrs. Powers will be private. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made to the Bethany Home for Children and Families. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Josephine was born on Sept. 15, 1918, in Rock Island, a daughter of Anthony and Olivia Salerno. She married William J. Powers on July 4, 1940, in Rock Island. He preceded his wife in death on Feb. 4, 1995.
Josephine was a co-owner of the South Park Bakery, Rock Island. She retired from the bakery in 1966. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island, and the Daughters of Isabella, Circle No. 532, Rock Island.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, William A. and Linda Powers, Colona; granddaughters, Angelina Powers, Moline, and Nicole Powers, Colona.
Mrs. Powers was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William J. Powers; and brothers, Joseph, Nick, Anthony and Sam Salerno.
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