Josephine Mary Dylke

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Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel
1101 NE 112th Avenue
Vancouver, WA

1916 ~ 2011

A ray of sunshine left our world and peacefully slipped away on March 28th. Josephine Mary (Di'Pasquale) Dylke was born in 1916 and was two months short of her 95th birthday.
What an interesting life she led. While a young women, she, with a cousin, set off from New York to Oregon by train. With only a few dollars in their pockets and a desire for adventure, they arrived in Portland, Oregon. Josephine looked up her cousin Sammy, working in St. Paul, Oregon and soon had a job with a family in St. Paul. She spoke very fondly of the Smith family all the days of her life.
When World War II began, Josephine found herself working at the Kaiser Shipyards painting aircraft carriers. To this day we have her paint-spattered hard hat. She could tell you from which part of the ship each color spatter on her hard hat came. The red was from the electrical room, for instance. Many ladies worked on those ships while the men fought overseas.
Born in very hard times, Josephine knew the importance of work. She had to quit school early to earn monies to help her mama and papa feed the family. This strong work ethic never left her. She would tell you to take a job, any job, and if you are good, you will get promoted. With this in mind, she went to work for the Vancouver Veterans Administration Hospital in 1950. She started by cleaning bathrooms and rose to be a food service supervisor. She worked there 26 years.
Her laughter and her joy of life led her to many favorite pastimes. She loved to dance and often attended ballroom dances with her girlfriends. That was a way to meet young gentlemen, too. This is how she met her husband, Don, a very good dancer. She loved going to the movies with her girlfriends and out to lunch for chats and friendship. Then, there are the cousins, her many cousins. Josephine had no children, so each of her cousins children became very dear to her. These second cousins were her surrogate kids and she loved them.
How Josephine loved to travel. Her most fond travel memory was of her trip to Rome. She and her sister took their papa to see his homeland. Her eyes sparkled when she recalled this trip. Vacation by ship was another favorite way to see the world, and, of course, there was always dancing on board.
She also enjoyed the Oregon coast and, once a year for more than 20 years, she and a couple of cousins spent a week at Lincoln City. They poked around the antique shops, enjoyed good dining and took walks on the beach. They always planned in advance to have the Captain's Quarters of a favorite hotel.
Throughout her life she gathered friends. In the later years she made new friends at her assisted-living home. Both residents and caregivers became her friends and she loved them all. When she was ill, the visitors would arrive in droves. The hospital staff stopped referring to us by name. Friends and family alike were simply referred to as "the cousins."
There are so many cousins, one step -child, grandchildren, nephews and a niece, girlfriends and simply people who loved her. We are too numerous to mention. What a wonderful thing to be known for: to have too many friends and family to mention. Each of us was captivated by that big heart and warm smile that lit up the room.
May God bless and keep you Josephine; we will see you again; we love you and miss you.
A graveside service will be held on April 5th, 2011 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, Washington.
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 5, 2011
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