Sister Josephine was born the daughter of William J. and Molly (Burgmeier) Abel; she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and two sisters. She is survived by two neices, B.J. Dunnington of Lewistown, MT and Jeannie Manion of Kallspell, MT.
Sister Josephine, also grew up and graduated from high school in Lewistown, MT, attended Great Falls College in Great Falls, MT and graduated from Sienna Heights College in Adrian, MI. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary on June 8, 1934 and professed her vows on August 15, 1937.