Josephine Rotondi, 84, wife of Joseph N. Rotondi, died unexpectedly April 8, 2010, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center. Born in Hoboken, N.J., on Jan. 18, 1926, she was the daughter of Domenico and Antonia (Yacovone) Spano of Bari, Italy, who immigrated into the Bronx, New York City in the early 1900s.

The family moved from the Bronx into Hoboken, N.J., where she was born and raised. She attended Hoboken public schools K-12 and graduated from Hoboken High School (called Demarest High School) in the class of 1943.

One of five sisters and two brothers, she was the baby of the family, and spent her childhood helping her parents in their family owned candy store on Washington Street in Hoboken and later helping her mother in their dress shop named Rose Antoinetta, which was also in Hoboken. She spent summers in their family home in the seaside town of Belmar, N.J., and also spent time on their family owned farm in Ardsley, N.Y.

Years later, the family moved to Weehawken, N.J., where they owned their home for over 30 years. As a young woman she attended the Barbizon Modeling School in Manhattan and also worked for attorneys in Hoboken and New York. Later, she took a position at the Booze, Allen, Hamilton Management Consulting Company on Madison Avenue in New York City.

On May 29, 1955, she married Joseph N. Rotondi in Union City, N.J. The couple moved to Ridgefield Park, N.J., which became the hometown to their three children. She then took a job at the French cosmetic company Fabrege, working in the Ridgefield, N.J., offices.

During the years that followed, the family moved to Ringwood, N.J., but remained close to their relatives in Hoboken and Weehawken where many holidays and family gatherings were enjoyed by generations of family members.

In the late 1970s Mr. and Mrs. Rotondi and their children moved from Ringwood, N.J., to Camden. Mrs. Rotondi was employed as an office manager in the office of Dr. Robert M. Rosenberg for many years and was currently working there part time. She enjoyed doing various types of hand needlework, doing crossword puzzles, gardening and mostly spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Joseph N. Rotondi of Lincolnville; two daughters, Anna Cloutier and her husband, Mark, of Cape Elizabeth and Antonia Guilford and her husband, Eugene, of Simsbury, Conn.; one son, Joseph Rotondi and his wife, Jane, of Cumberland Foreside; eight grandchildren; a sister, Annette of Brick, N.J.; a brother, Jack Spano of Florida; two sisters-in-law; Mary Spano of Teaneck, N.J., and Antoinette Rotondi of Hoboken, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Rose, Ann, Larion and Mary.

Calling hours were held at the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St. in Camden. A graveside service will be held in the Youngtown Cemetery in Lincolnville at a later date. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home in Camden.