Josephine P. (Josie) Blackwood

September 26, 1932 - October 02, 2018

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Thursday, October 04, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 301 East Diamond Street, Kendallville


Thursday, October 04, 11:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 301 East Diamond Street, Kendallville


Josephine P. “Josie” Blackwood, 86, of Kendallville died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at her residence.

She was born September 26, 1932, in Racine, Pennsylvania, to Giuseppe and Giuseppina (Zaffaroni) Guzzetti.

On April 24, 1954, in Beaver, Pennsylvania, she married Leonard Blackwood. He preceded her in death on September 22, 1998.

Mrs. Blackwood did secretarial work in the trucking industry.

She is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kendallville. She enjoyed volunteering at Parkview Noble Hospital, Health and Wellness Center and the Friendship Food Pantry.

Surviving are five sons, Thomas (Dawn) Blackwood of Michigan, Joseph Blackwood of Angola, William Blackwood of Kendallville, Randolph (Kimberly) Blackwood of Wayne, Michigan, and Christopher Blackwood of Wayne, Michigan; two daughters, Terri (Brett) Edwards of Kendallville and Victoria (Patrick) Martin of Plymouth, Michigan; nine grandchildren, Amy (Jeremy) Hamilton, Evan (Elizabeth) Edwards, Kendall (Ashley) Edwards, Nathan Edwards, Lucas Blackwood, Brian Blackwood, Andrew Blackwood, Jessica Martin, and Amanda Martin; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Eugene (Angelina) Guzzetti of Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Blackwood; two daughters, Deborah Blackwood and Cynthia Maitland; and a brother, Dr. Albert Guzzetti.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kendallville with Father James Stoyle officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Onaway, Michigan.

Calling is Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Parkview Noble Home Health and Hospice or to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Harold Price and Family
October 5th, 2018 9:47pm
Beaver Pennsylvania

Ian really going to miss that big smile you always had when me and the family would visit . Rest in peace Aunt Josie and God Bless

Deanna & Dennis Pechler
October 4th, 2018 12:06pm
Detroit, MI

So sorry for the loss of your Mother. Take comfort in the fact that she is with Jesus now and you will be reunited with her some day. Praying for comfort for the family.

John and Melissa Guzzetti
October 4th, 2018 10:34am
Beaver, PA

We are so sorry to learn of Aunt Josie's passing. She was the sweetest person who we shared far too few times with.. Our sympathies and condolences to all in her extended family. May God grant solace to all of you and final peace for Aunt Josie.

Tom Corney
October 4th, 2018 10:29am
Wayne Michigan

Thoughts and prayers to my extended Blackwood family. Always a loving second mom to many of us...

Andrew and Theresa Maciag
October 4th, 2018 5:18am
Wayne, MI

Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the whole family.

Russell and Bonnie DeCamp
October 3rd, 2018 9:39pm
Kendallville, IN

Sincere sympathy to you, Terri and Brett, and your family.

Terri Clark
October 3rd, 2018 8:47pm

Josie will forever be in my heart. She provided a strong example of a wonderful Christian to me as we studied together at bible study. She also helped me so much as our volunteer at Parkview Noble. She will always be remembered.

Kieran Blackwood
October 3rd, 2018 3:40pm
United States

My heart and sympathy go out to all my Blackwood family and friends of Aunt Josie. A wonderful woman who I am luck to have known.

Greg Emerick
October 3rd, 2018 12:34pm

Sorry for your loss, Thoughts and prayers to your family.

James R Tudor Jr
October 3rd, 2018 11:55am

Like having an extra Mom growing up....

Jerry and Karen Counterman
October 3rd, 2018 11:50am
Ocqueoc, MI

Our hearts go out to the Blackwoods for their loss! Josie was a wonderful and caring mother! You will miss her greatly, but know in your hearts she is where she wants to be, with her Lord and her family in heaven.

Robert & Janice Howard (Martin)
October 3rd, 2018 11:09am
Northville, Michigan

Bob and I are saddened to hear of your loss. Know that the entire Blackwood family is in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May Josie Rest In Peace.

Teresa Bowsman
October 3rd, 2018 10:28am

Brett and Terri, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. You and your family are in my prayers.

Marla Suffel
October 3rd, 2018 10:00am

So sorry for your families loss. You are in my prayers!!

Warren Rhoads
October 3rd, 2018 8:57am
Hale , Mi

Sorry for your loss ,She was a great lady. And will be missed, prayers.

Leslie Blackwood Corak
October 2nd, 2018 11:08pm

Aunt Josie, you will be missed. Heaven has brought another angel home! I love you. Leslie

Norma Jean Hines
October 2nd, 2018 10:53pm
Hopewell Pa

Dear Duke and Family, I am sorry for your loss. May you find peace and the best memories Josie.

Tracy Muse
October 2nd, 2018 10:07pm
Westland MI

Dear Blackwood Family Our hearts and prayers go out to each of you during this most difficult time. Mom Blackwood will always be with us. Love, Mr. Brewer, John, Tracy, Joshua, & Alex Muse

Jim Dunn
October 2nd, 2018 9:57pm
Atlanta MI

Some of my fondest memories include Mom, with her shining spirit and loving, gracious heart. My love and sincere condolences to the family.

Ernest and Irmhilde
October 2nd, 2018 9:50pm
Westland MI

Our prayers are with you. You were both very special friends to us.

Gail Spillard
October 2nd, 2018 9:50pm
Canton Michigan

I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a lovely lady.

Pam Riley
October 2nd, 2018 9:32pm

So sorry for your loss. You've been so strong through this.

Kim Takala
October 2nd, 2018 9:20pm
Medina Ohio

Dear Blackwood family my heart goes out to all of you. We will be keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. The Takala Family.

John and Shari Gritenas
October 2nd, 2018 8:32pm
Plymouth, Michigan

So very sorry for the loss of your mother, Randy( and siblings)..... You were just discussing her on Saturday night....may she rest in peace with our Lord, joining her husband and others gone home before her.

Kathy Norling
October 2nd, 2018 8:07pm
South Branch Mi

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Your mom was a warm and wonderful person. I know she will be truly missed and forever in our hearts.

John and Holly Hoffman
October 2nd, 2018 7:47pm
Corunna Indiana

Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers! So sorry for loss!

Kevin and Kelsey Hastings
October 2nd, 2018 7:40pm
Northville, MI

Our deepest sympathy to your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Praying that Our Comforter, Holy Spirit, wraps His arms around you and brings peace and comfort to you all. XO Kevin and Kelsey

Randy Blackwood
October 2nd, 2018 7:22pm
United States

Love you forever mom. A beautiful soul and the best Mother anyone could ever ask for. Rest with the Lord from your labors and rejoice in your reunion with Dad, Deborah, Ron and Cindy.

Brett Edwards
October 2nd, 2018 7:06pm

Love you mom, you will be missed.

James & Karen Dillon
October 2nd, 2018 4:07pm
Canton Michigan

Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother.