Josephine Elizabeth Morel, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2023 in Newport News, Virginia. She was born on June 22, 1937 in Pennsylvania. Josephine was 86 years old at the time of her passing.
Josephine dedicated her life to her family and embraced the role of a homemaker with unwavering love and devotion. She found joy in creating warm and memorable moments for her loved ones, particularly through her cooking skills, making special meals during the holidays.
Josephine’s Catholic faith was a cornerstone of her life, providing her with strength and guidance throughout her journey.
Josephine was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Sendy Rivers, as well as her loving husband of 27 years, Bartolo Morel Jr. She leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories for her surviving family and friends. She is survived by her sons, Bartolo Morel III (Daranee) and Ronald Morel (Tara) and her daughter, Sabrina Morel-Smith (Brian Smith). Josephine also leaves behind twelve grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Services to honor and celebrate Josephine’s life will be held in Pennsylvania, with details to be determined. During this time of mourning, let us remember Josephine for her unwavering love, her dedication to her family, and her ability to bring joy to those around her. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her memory forever live on in our hearts.