Josephine LeBlanc

Josephine Ann "Jo" LeBlanc (Amato)

October 25, 1941 - January 16, 2021
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Leblanc, Josephine (Amato), age 79, formerly of Cambridge, Milton, and Scituate. Josephine passed away at home surrounded by family on January 16, 2021. She was the adored life partner of Theodore “Ted” Bearor, beloved mother of four, cherished grandmother of eight, and devoted friend to countless others with whom she generously shared her heart and spirit.

Josephine was born in Medford on October 25, 1941, to Vincenzo (Jimmy) and Paulina (Polly) (Aiello) Amato. She grew up in Medford and Scituate with an extended family of grandparents, aunts, and cousins, where she was beloved for her sense of adventure, her outspokenness, and her voracious appetite for books and learning. She was a graduate of Scituate High School, Class of 1958, and soon after completed her nursing degree at Boston Children’s Hospital. She later earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Bridgewater State University and a Master’s in Social Work from Smith College.

Jo faced life’s challenges and joys with energy, passion, and determination. As a single mother of four, she raised her children to appreciate life and have compassion for others. During her long career as a social worker, Jo protected and advocated for children and families in need. After retiring from DSS, Jo worked for many years helping families adopt children from China. She loved her work, she loved her family and friends, and she loved her life. Jo will be remembered for her great sense of fashion, her appreciation for good food and conversation, and her way of never, ever backing down from a good argument.

She is survived by her children, James Myers of Rochester, New York; Anne Kendrick and her husband, Steven of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Paula Tate and her husband, Charlie of Portsmouth, Rhode Island; and Jane Colangelo and her husband, Stephen of Rutland, Massachusetts. Her grandchildren are Sophie, William, and Miles Kendrick; Gianni, Isabella, and Zoe Colangelo; and Lucy and Mariam Tate.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Anthony Amato.

Funeral Services and Interment will be held privately. A Memorial Service will be held in the Summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Jo’s memory to any organization that advocates for children, for the poor, or for social justice.
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Funeral Services and Interment will be held privately. A Memorial Service will be held in the Summer.


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Rebecca Elovic

Posted at 01:04pm
I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing your mom and hearing about all her adventures. She was truly a beautiful person inside and out.

Jennifer Richard

Posted at 02:39pm
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your mom. Jo was a dynamo! I am so sorry for your loss.

Jennifer Richard

Jessica Adams

Posted at 08:10pm
I am so sorry about the passing of your Mom. I am a good friend of Paula's and got to meet your Mom once at a soccer game. I remember her being so kind. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Jess Adams and family

The Foley Family

Posted at 05:20pm
One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. Antonio Porchia
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Posted at 06:09pm
I wanted to reach out to all of you and express my sincere condolences for your loss. I can’t help but smile reading the obit about how your mom loved a good debate. I learned that first hand, and I often got schooled on many subjects. Lol. I hope you all find comfort in each other. Your mom was very proud of all of you ......Kevin Cobb

Jane Colangelo Posted at 08:47pm

Thanks Kevin ❤️❤️ You made me smile ! Our mom was a force to be reckoned with . She was so amazing in so many ways . Life with out her will never be the same but her spirit will be with us all forever 💕

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