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In loving memory of
Josephine “Jo” Deja
  • October 23, 1941
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  • July 06, 2021

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Josephine “Jo” Deja was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She left this world too soon on July 6th, 2021. She is loved, missed and will be always be cherished.

She was born to Millie and Michael Castagno on October 23, 1941. She grew up in South Philadelphia and graduated from St. Maria Goretti High School. She met the love of her life, Thomas “Tom” Deja” on a blind date. The two married and had 2 children: Cindy and Tommy. Tom and Jo would have celebrated 55 years together this year. They retired together in The Villages, Fl where they made many wonderful friendships including those that Jo made serving as a member of the BYTE Ruby Razzleberries Women’s Club.

Jo adored her children and grandchildren. Every year Jo most looked forward to spending summers at the beach in Ocean City, NJ. There were many special times spent at the “shore house”. To her grandchildren she was affectionately known as “Nana” and family time, especially with the grandchildren, was always a top priority. She had a special bond with her grandchildren, and they will forever miss her presence in their lives. Family gatherings were never complete without time spent in the kitchen, creating delicious meals and special memories that we are grateful for and will always cherish.

Jo is survived by her beloved husband Tom; daughter, Cindy & husband Lee and grandchildren Ryan, Addison and Lee Jay; son, Tommy & wife Kasey and grandchildren Drew and Ty; sister, MaryAnn and brother Michael.

A funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 AM on July 21st at St. Mark the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church located at 7081 SE HWY 42, SUMMERFIELD, FLORIDA  34491 phone# (352) 347 9317. In lieu of flowers please, donate to the Ted & Diane Brandley House Hospice of Marion County located at 17395 SE 109th Terrace Road Summerfield, FL 34491 on her behalf.


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  1. 19 Jul 2021
    Pfizer Family says:
    Hi Cindy - our heartfelt condolences to you and your family during this time of sorrow. Your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. 19 Jul 2021
    Beth Marks says:
    Aunt Sissy was my favorite aunt and I will never forget summers at the beach with her, Christmas Eves, my confirmation, and her being my god mother. I loved her very much and she will be missed!

  3. 19 Jul 2021
    Beth Marks lit a candle:
    Lit since July 19, 2021 at 7:35:18 PM

  4. 16 Jul 2021
    Ryan Miller says:
    I loved nana so much and when I was told that she had passed i was absolutely crushed she meant so much to me and i had so many good memories with her down at the shore going on the boardwalk and down in florida im gonna miss you so much nana i really hope your in a much better place now

  5. 15 Jul 2021
    Marie Presenza says:
    How do you capture the essence of a person in a few words? For me Jo is Beauty, Joy, Grace, Love. I treasure, cherish the beatuiful memories of growing up with Jo as a dear cousin and friend and the gift of her continued presence in my life. We were always there for each other. Jo is ever beautiful part of my life. Jo may the blessings of eternal peace be yours!

  6. 14 Jul 2021
    Mike Castagno III says:
    My Aunt Sissy was a loving and caring aunt whom I fondly remember calling me "deary or doll" while spending time down the shore with her in summer as well as for hosting Super Bowl parties when I was younger. You will be missed, deary.

  7. 14 Jul 2021
    Stacie Sims says:
    Aunt Sissy:
    I loved staying with you so very much when I was a kid. Both in the winter in Malvern and in the summer in OC. You and Uncle Tom always made me feel relaxed and welcomed and I so very much loved this special time with my cousins. I have so many memories. You are missed dearly by all of us, but especially by my mom who is heartbroken.

  8. 14 Jul 2021
    addison miller says:
    my grandmother had the ability to make anyone smile. her warm laugh and wonderful cooking could make anyone feel at home in just a heartbeat. she always set great examples for us growing up and she will forever be one of my favorite people. i’ll miss you nana
    rest in peace.

  9. 14 Jul 2021
    Addison and Ryan lit a candle:
    Lit since July 14, 2021 at 7:42:01 AM

  10. 13 Jul 2021
    Louis & Emily Presenza says:
    Jo had the ability to make anyone she met feel like a lifelong special friend. She possessed many gifts - her smile, her laugh, her huge heart, her great cooking skills, her fashion sense, her work ethic, her love of all things Philly, but most of all the deep love she shared with her family and friends. She will be sorely missed.
    God bless you Jo and may you forever Rest In Peace.

  11. 13 Jul 2021
    Louis & Emily Presenza says:
    Jo had the ability to make anyone she met feel like a lifelong special friend. She possessed many gifts - her smile, her laugh, her huge heart, her great cooking skills, her fashion sense, her work ethic, her love of all things Philly. But most of all, the deep love she shared with her family and friends. She will be sorely missed. God bless you ,Jo, and may you forever Rest In Peace.

  12. 13 Jul 2021
    Maryann Reteneller says:
    To my loving sister. Thanks for the great memories. I will cherish you forever. You were the best big sister. Maryann

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