Josephine Parson

February 19, 1927 - March 23, 2019

Josephine P. Parson, (Jay) 92 of Lodi, passed away on Saturday March 23, from a lengthy illness. Josephine was born in Trabia Sicily, Italy, on February 19, 1927. She traveled with her mother to Cleveland Ohio in 1928. At the young age of 11 she and her family relocated to Lodi, California. She is best known and loved for her many talents in arts and crafts, crocheting and her love of cooking many homemade specialty dishes. Jay was known to be a hard worker. Some of her employer's consisted of: M & R Packing House, Libby McNeil, Pacific Coast Producers, Foster Wood, Cottage Bakery, Alexander Bakery, Rainbow Bakery and ISS Electric. Jay also owned several businesses such as: The Pampered Palace, The Western Inn, and a Beauty Salon in Menlo Park. Over the last 30 years Jay opened her home as a caregiver and housed many elders.
Jay is survived by her Son Robert 'Bob' (Kendra) Hesseltine of Clements, Grandson Jeffrey Hesseltine of Arcata, Great Granddaughter Jill Hesseltine-Medina Elizalde and Jill's husband Martin Medina Elizalde of Alabama, 3 Great grandchildren (Callie, Tegan and Kailasa), her brother Peter & Diane Battaglia of Galt, her brother in law Antonio (Tony) Cancilla, of Trabia Sicily, and several nieces and nephews.
Proceeded in death by: Husband Edwin Merkel, Parents Josephine & Rosario Battaglia, Brothers Dominic Battaglia, Russell Battaglia and her sisters Rose Marie Gunn and Gloria Cancilla.


A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 2:00pm - 8:00pm with the rosary being held at 6:00pm at the Vineyard Chapel at Cherokee Memorial Park, 14165 N. Beckman Rd, Lodi, CA 95240.


The memorial service will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 10:00am at the St. Anne's Catholic Church, located at 215 W Walnut St Lodi, CA 95240.

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