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Josephine Vasquez Bender
February 2, 1944 ~ December 28, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Our beloved Josephine "Josie" Vasquez Bender danced her way into heaven on December 28, 2023 at the age of 79, in Great Falls Montana.
Josie was born in Juncos, Puerto Rico to parents Jose Vazquez and Rosa Silvestriz Vazquez on February 2, 1944. She was a force to be reckoned with from the start.
Josie and her family moved to California in 1953 where she graduated from Mission High School in 1962. She went on to work at Corrette of California and South San Francisco. Josie then moved to Foster City, California where she lived with her two sons and worked as a Florist in Safeway. When Josie retired, she moved to sunny Florida where she was to reside until the last few months of her life when she came to live with her eldest son here in Great Falls.
Josie loved her family and friends deeply. The bonds she created and the mark she left on all our hearts is beyond words. She lived a full and vibrant life surrounded by those that cared for her the most. Josie's infectious smile and contagious dance moves lit up every room she entered. She loved to travel, go dancing, and turn up the music in her garage while she soaked up the sun on her front porch. She was a wild mustang, beautiful and free.
Josie was preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers, and her sister.
Josie is survived by her sister America Vasquez Cocking, her son's Michael Troy DeLaRosa, Ronald Brian Bender, her grandchildren Samantha LeAnn DeLaRosa, Michael Troy DeLaRosa Jr., Ulii Marie lolani DeLaRosa, Eli'Anna Sonya Anderson, Brooklyn Grace DeLaRosa, and her great grandchildren, Rylen, Weston, Gabriel, and Linnea.
Until we meet again, but for now in the words of Josie "how about a gin and tonic"