Josephine (Josie) Larkin, born on May 22, 1946, in Terrasini, Sicily, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones. She graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1964. Josie was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother & friend. Josie leaves behind the love of her life, Stephen Larkin, they had 57 wonderful years together. She also leaves behind her daughters, Patricia (Dave Pearce) Larkin, Julia (Richard) Dodge; her grandchildren, Steven (Gabbi) Krause, Brittany Larkin, Dylan Dodge, Rachel Dodge, John Pearce, Melanie Peare, Dennis Pearce; and great grandchildren, Amiyah, Bailey, Lexis, Brody & Gianna. Josie always made it a priority to be there for her friends & family. Whether it was Sunday dinners, the kids sporting events, class reunions, or birthday parties, she was happy to be there supporting her loved ones. She enjoyed traveling with her husband Steve, seeing many countries and fabulous locations around the world. She was the backbone of the family-owned restaurant for many years, preparing delicious food. Not only did she cook at the restaurant, but she also especially enjoyed cooking for family. She also loved watching movies, reading books, going to the beach, going to the casino, but most of all, she loved spending quality time with her friends & family. She was a lover & supporter of all animals, especially cats, and she leaves behind her newest baby kitty Cannoli, whom she loved. In Josie’s own words, she “had a great life, a great love, and great family”. She will be missed by so many. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Human Society of West Michigan or to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on November 3, 2023 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 6390 Belmont Ave NE, Belmont, MI 49306, with visitation at 10 am. A luncheon will follow Mass.