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Lena Joseff
  • August 10, 1944
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  • June 21, 2019

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After battling with metastatic breast cancer, Lena M. Joseff passed away on June 21st; peacefully and comfortably while surrounded by caring loved ones in her home.

Lena was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who is sorely missed. She spent her life giving to others: traveling, learning, and creating. Even after her diagnosis, Lena continued to do all of the things she loved and fought valiantly to have more time with her family and friends.

Lena was born in Miami, Florida in August of 1944. While growing up, she traveled between Florida and New York. She spent her entire career working for the federal government. She was a brilliant linguist, teaching herself how to master the languages of English, Spanish, Japanese and Italian. Her service to her country took her to many exotic outposts; she lived in Asia, Europe, Central America, Africa, and North America. After serving her country in a variety of higher echelon positions, she decided to retire in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

She was devoted and loving to her family. Wherever in the world she might be, she always wanted her family beside her. Lena strived to share her love of nature, knowledge, hospitality, and arts with her loved ones. She enjoyed going on safaris in Africa, touring ancient cities in Europe, searching for fossils, crafting and creating with her children and grandchildren, spending time in her garden, and many more things.

Lena wished to be cremated but there will be a small family memorial at a later date.

She is keenly missed by her remaining family. Daughter Laura and son-in-law Abe, son Matthew and daughter-in-law Jes, son Nathan and daughter-in-law Ina, granddaughter Casey and grandson-in-law Gant, granddaughter Kayleigh, granddaughter Kiara, granddaughter Kaiya, grandson Elliott, and granddaughter Vivienne, her brother-in-law Mike, nieces Tricia, Stacey, and Debbie, and her many cousins.

Lena was a passionate, tenacious, intelligent, crafty, and caring person. You cannot sum up her extensive life or soul so simply, it is truly an unattainable task. Please try to remember her in the memories, laughs, and joy you shared together. She loved deeply and gave what she could.


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  1. Donna Paulin says:
    14 Dec 2019
    I have very fond memories of Lena. She was our neighbor in Torrance Ca. when Laura and Matthew were toddlers and I often babysat. I loved those kids! I traveled to their home in Virginia the year before they moved to Japan and we took all the neighborhood kids to the local mall for a contest that we won! We lost contact for years and then just a few years ago, connected on Facebook. I didn't realize she had passed until just now. Time gets by. I send my heart felt condolences to her children and grandchildren.

  2. John & Dee Green says:
    15 Jul 2019
    Our dear, dear friend Lena. We planned together, worked together, fought, laughed and cried together. Shared moments at our daughters wedding, Christmas and birthdays. From NSB Florida to Baja Mexico we had fun and enjoyed life. We will miss you so.

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