ForeverMissed
Josephine McKinley (nee Esposito) 85,  died on February 11, 2021.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert H. McKinley and is survived by her loving children, Madeline (McKinley) Apollo and her husband Ed, Maryann (McKinley) Thornton and her husband Shaun, and Robert H. McKinley, III and his wife Tina (Ficalora). Josephine is also survived by her dear grandchildren, Emily and Sarah Apollo, Robert McKinley, IV, and Christy McKinley, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her parents, Ciro and Mary Esposito and her siblings Julie (Martinelli) Dede, Henry Martinelli, Mary (Esposito) Coiro, Salvatore Esposito, Philip Esposito, Rose (Esposito) Matuszak, and Anna (Esposito) Smith.

Josephine grew up in Brooklyn, NY and later raised her family in West Islip, NY. She worked as an Office Manager for a home security firm on Long Island. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. She was fiercly protective of her family and very proud of her children and grandchildren.

Josephine had a great love of life and never hesitated to help anyone in need. She lit up a room when she walked in. In her later years, she was diagnosed with dementia and suffered short term memory loss after spinal surgery. She miraculously survived and was transferred to the Memory Support Residence at United Methodist Communities in Pitman, NJ. There she acclimated to her new life and made many friends over the years. 

Josephine will be missed by all who loved her.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Fertig Funeral Home, LLC

Posted by Courtney McLaughlin on February 16, 2021
Josie was the first person to make me feel at home when I first started at UMC. She was always checking in with me to make sure I was adapting well and to let me know she thought I was doing a good job. She was so kind and always put others first. We called her our mother hen and our welcome wagon. She was constantly taking care of her friends and neighbors here in the community. It will not be the same without her here. I will miss her stories about growing up in Brooklyn, her high kicks worthy of the Rockettes, and making jokes about riding the stationary bike all the way to Atlantic City. I'll miss her smile and her chasing me down with cookies and candy. She will always be in our hearts.
Posted by Kate Brown on February 15, 2021
I was so very sorry to learn of Josie's passing. She was such a loving and compassionate woman--always ready with a helping hand (or a hand to hold), a smile, and a joke. She truly cared for others, and had a heart that matched her generous and kind nature. My deepest condolences go to her family and friends. She will be forever missed and not forgotten.

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Posted by Courtney McLaughlin on February 16, 2021
Josie was the first person to make me feel at home when I first started at UMC. She was always checking in with me to make sure I was adapting well and to let me know she thought I was doing a good job. She was so kind and always put others first. We called her our mother hen and our welcome wagon. She was constantly taking care of her friends and neighbors here in the community. It will not be the same without her here. I will miss her stories about growing up in Brooklyn, her high kicks worthy of the Rockettes, and making jokes about riding the stationary bike all the way to Atlantic City. I'll miss her smile and her chasing me down with cookies and candy. She will always be in our hearts.
Posted by Kate Brown on February 15, 2021
I was so very sorry to learn of Josie's passing. She was such a loving and compassionate woman--always ready with a helping hand (or a hand to hold), a smile, and a joke. She truly cared for others, and had a heart that matched her generous and kind nature. My deepest condolences go to her family and friends. She will be forever missed and not forgotten.
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