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Josephine L Milks


Josephine L. Milks, 94, of Brooksville, FL and Cottage, NY entered into rest August 21, 2020

She was born in Dayton, NY on May 19, 1926 to the late Jacob and late Catherine Wagenblatt Gabel.

Josephine was pre deceased by her husband Donald H. Milks.

She is survived by her children Larry (Rose) Milks of Springhill, Fl, Dale (Loretta) Milks of Gowanda,NY, Herbert (Kelley) Milks of Simi Valley, CA and Barbara (Lynne Kliman) Farran of East Aurora, NY; many grand children and great grandchildren; her sisters Janice Chadwick of Collins, NY and Joyce Ivett of Hamburg, NY also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by 11 Brothers and one sister.

A private graveside service will be held by the family

Interment will be in Villenova Cemetery

 Josephine would like to be remembered for the love of her family and being a good friend.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made Gowanda Free Methodist Church Benevolent Fund 149 West Main Street Gowanda, NY 14070

Arrangements entrusted to DiStasio Funeral Home Inc, South Dayton, NY.


Saying goodbye to a loved one has never been easy and I guess it's not supposed to be. Josie was my Mom's best friend. I met Josie the year my Mom had a massive stroke. She was there everyday for my Mom. Josie was an anchor of loyalty and love for my Mom, me and my brother. What a wonderful woman and friend she proved to be and in time I grew to love Josie. Her infectious smile, her zeal for life, driving around in her PT Cruiser with flames emblazoned on the sides, helping others and the love that she gave effortlessly to those who needed it. Both she and my Mom died this year. I have no doubt that my Mom and Josie are together in Heaven singing hymns. They were the best of friends and still are. And I can proudly say this wonderful woman was my friend too. Josie you will always be remembered. Thank you for your love and support.

Mary Jo Kelly Oct 22 2020 12:00 AM

Josie was the person you wanted to greet on Sunday morning before our Small Group Bible study because she always greeted you with a smile and a hug. She was kind, gentle and loyal to her friends. We were not happy when she decided to move from Spring Hill to be with Barbara in New York, but knew that was really the best move for her. We were glad when Barbara helped her to join our zoom Bible studies on Sunday mornings so we could stay in touch. Although that was of short duration, we cannot argue with the Lord and His perfect will and timing for her life. Let is celebrate her wonderful life and love for the Lord.

Dick Beaudoin Aug 24 2020 12:00 AM

Aunt Jo was the greatest!!! And will be sorely missed.

Chuck + Sharon Lomison Aug 24 2020 12:00 AM

Whether you know her as Mom or Grandma Jo... Gigi, Aunt Jo, Josie or Jo... she was an amazing woman. We found her Wishes in her own handwriting and she'd like to be remembered as someone who, "Loved the Lord and my Family. Tried to be a good friend and helper in need." She also wished that her family and friends know that she loved them - you - me - us, and asked for forgiveness for the times she hurt others. She has forgiven others that may have hurt her. She had no fear of death and was ready to go home. The last verse of "How Great Thou Art" by Stuart K. Hine was a favorite hymn we used to sing at the Cottage Methodist Church. Aunt Myrtle would crank up that organ, as loud as it would go, and we would sing from the depths of our souls:
"When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration and there proclaim My God how great Thou art!"
I will miss Mom and had the honor of having her with me these last two months. Although I'm sad, I'm happy for her. Barb.

Barbara Farran Aug 23 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Josephine Milks

Dan & Bette DiStasio Aug 22 2020 12:00 AM