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Josephine Harriet Gezelin

Birth
Elko, Elko County, Nevada, USA
Death 17 Jun 2008 (aged 90)
Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Burial Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Memorial ID 27762595 · View Source
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Josephine Gezelin (Gramma Jo) passed away peacefully at home in the loving presence of her family on June 17, 2008 in Reno, NV. The daughter of Basque immigrants, Catherine (Mong) and Louis Harriet, she was born on October 30, 1917 in Elko, NV. She was raised in Ely, NV, with her siblings Shant Harriet, Mary (Sala) Cobeaga and John Sala. A graduate of White Pine High School, Josephine and her siblings helped their mother run the Ely Hotel.

Josephine was a native Nevadan, proud of her deep roots in Ely and her Basque heritage.

Josephine married the love of her life, Emile Justin Gezelin in 1939. They lived in Eureka, NV, where Emile taught school. Emile later earned his law degree in 1948 and the couple settled in Reno where Emile practiced law and was later appointed Washoe District Judge. A devoted mother and wife, Josephine's passion was raising their four children, Pierre, Mary Kay, Joanne and John.

Josephine's gentle loving spirit, deep Catholic faith and devotion to family are her legacy. Spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, either in her Greagle home or on Sixth Street was one of her greatest joys. Many fond evenings were spent together enjoying a homemade meal, conversation and laughter. Josephine was an avid sports fan, especially of the University of Nevada, Reno athletics. She followed current events and was never shy to share her thoughtful opinion and insight. Josephine had a gift for making those around her a part of her family and she rarely forgot a name and face.

Her husband, parents, brother, Shant Harriet, Mary Sala (Cobeaga) and John Sala preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sister- in-law, Mary L. Harriet, her son, Pierre; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Kay and Kirk Kinne; her daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Reese Perkins; and son and daughter-in-law, John and Tracy Gezelin. Her grandchildren are Anne-Marie Hoppe (Charlie),
Paul Kinne (Kristine), Pete Kinne (Carli), Katie Nannini (Joe), Christy Perkins, Andy Perkins, Joe Gezelin, Louis Gezelin, Justin Gezelin, Gabriel Gezelin, Patrick and Katie Garner. Her great-grandchildren are Meredith, Kathleen and Mollie Hoppe and Lexi and Leah Kinne.

Burial will be in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery in Reno, NV.


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  • Created by: Janice Prichard
  • Added: 23 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27762595
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Josephine Harriet Gezelin (30 Oct 1917–17 Jun 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27762595, citing Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by Janice Prichard (contributor 46984070) .