Josephine Tarzia

Josephine M. Tarzia (Speranza)

Sunday, November 8th, 1931 - Thursday, January 30th, 2020
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Age 88, of Brookline, on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. A loving wife, mother and Nonna, Josephine dedicated her life to raising and caring for her family. Strong in her faith, Josephine loved her church and volunteered many hours there and at her children’s schools. She always put her family first and sacrificed much for them to make sure their needs were met. She enjoyed music, especially Frank Sinatra, cooking Italian food, the New York Times crossword puzzle and her Brookline neighbors. Josephine is survived by her husband of 62 years, Donald, her children, Ed (Andrea), Rosemary Mastrangelo (Jeff) and Donelle Mayausky (Jeff), grandchildren, Anthony, Gina and Maria, and Snoopy and Cira, who always knew she had a treat in her purse for them. She is preceded in death by her parents, Natale and Mary Speranza, and brothers, Marcellus and Domenic. Family and friends are welcome at Beinhauer, 2630 West Liberty Ave., Dormont, 412-531-4000, Monday, Feb. 3 from 2 to 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection (St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish), 1100 Creedmoor Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15226. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Josephine’s name to the National Shrine of St. Jude, 205 W. Monroe St, Chicago, Ill., 60606 or at ( and click, Give, Arrange a memorial. Please view or add tributes at

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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Beinhauer - Dormont
    2630 West Liberty Avenue
    PITTSBURGH, PA 15216
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish, Church of the Resurrection
    1100 Creedmoor Avenue
    PITTSBURGH, PA 15226
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Jan Giel

Posted at 02:15pm
Dear Mr. Tarzia, Rosemary and family:
I was so saddened to hear of the passing your beloved wife and mother. She greeted everyone she met with her beautiful smile and a kind word of encouragement. I can only imagine the void that her passing will leave with all of you. She is yet another of so many Christian Mothers of Brookline who we have lost in the last several years. How blessed we all were to have had such strong and loving women in our lives. I join you in honoring her legacy and cherishing the memories I have of her. She was a gem! So very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Jan Giel, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

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Posted at 07:25am
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Posted at 10:57pm
Our deepest sympathies, and with love, from the California Foleys. Uncle John, Uncle Jim, Lisa, John, Melissa, Gary and Michele.
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The Russman Family

Posted at 01:39pm
"Fly me to the moon, and let me play among the stars.." Here is to an eternity in Heaven, Nonna! Your love will forever live through us!
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Jan and Sam Lynn and Family

Posted at 10:32am
Thank you Jo for all your kindness and caring. We love and miss you
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