Josephine (Jay) Bellardo, 94, beloved wife of Michael for 72 years, suffered a stroke and passed peacefully in her sleep Aug. 1, 2014.
Born Feb. 23, 1920, to Diego and Carrie (Montagna) Castiglione, she resided in California the past 32 years. Mike and Jay lived in Jamestown until 1975 when they relocated to Sumter, South Carolina, with Crescent Tool.
Jay developed a love of roller skating as a teenager, and met Mike at Celoron Rink. They often took their children roller skating there on Sunday afternoons and enjoyed her homemade pizza afterward. In addition to filling the family home with the wonderful smells of baked goods and delicious meals, she was very active in the Methodist church in Jamestown, served as secretary for her ladies' bowling league, and volunteered at a convalescent home. Jay was very involved in her children's schools and activities, serving as a den mother for Cub Scouts and homeroom mother for several years.
Jay is survived by two sons: Lou (Patty) of Palo Alto, Calif., and Brian of New York City; a daughter, Pam (Bruce) McCoy of Bonny Doon, Calif., six grandchildren and their spouses; three great-grandchildren; brother, Luciano Richetti and wife Dorothy of Jamestown; sister-in-law, Mary Bellardo of Jamestown; and several nieces and nephews.
After Mike retired, they visited their parents' birthplaces and relatives in Italy and Sicily, and traveled extensively throughout Europe, northern Africa, Australia, China and South America. They took several cruises, including a memorable one through the Panama Canal.
Preceding Jay in death were brothers, Sam Castiglione, Louis Richetti and Anthony Richetti; and daughter-in-law, Cathy Scheidt (Brian's wife).
The family is having a memorial service Aug. 10 at the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice or your favorite charity.