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Obituary - Josephine M. Roberts

Josephine M. Roberts

Date of Passing: July 11th, 2022

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Josephine M. "Josie" Roberts, 94, of Waterville, passed away on Monday, July 11, 2022 at the St. Luke's Home, with her family by her side.

She was born January 19, 1928, in Utica, the daughter of the late Ralph and Nancy Steppello Grillo and was a graduate of Proctor High School. On July 2, 1955, at Historic Old St. John's Church, Utica, she married Thomas E. Roberts. He passed away April 21, 1987.

She was a parishioner of St. Bernard's Church, Waterville and was a member of the Clinton VFW Post #9591 Auxiliary, the Helmuth-Ingalls American Legion Post #232 Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society.

Josie was deeply loved by her family and will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her son, Jace (Christine) Roberts of New Hartford; her daughter, Leslie (Jim) Rivenburgh of Waterville; two brothers, Dr. Marshall (Margara) Grillo of Lady Lake, FL and Henry Grillo of Utica; her sister, Maria Mazarello of Jupiter, FL; eight grandchildren, Jace Roberts, Jr., Derek Roberts, Brett Roberts, James Rivenburgh, Jr., Cher Salerno, Michelle Goodbread, Adam Gehringer and Andrew Gehringer; and nine great grandchildren, Julia Roberts, Madison Roberts, Reya Roberts, Ethan Austin Carpenter, Lillian Pauline Rivenburgh, Heather Salerno, Alyssa Salerno, Danny Goodbread and Briana Murphy. Josie was predeceased by her brother, Ralph Grillo, Jr. and her grandson, David Goodbread.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 16 at 1:00 PM at St. Bernard's Church, Waterville. Interment will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Waterville. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in her memory.

Arrangements are with Mark Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., New Hartford.


Leslie and family. We are so sorry for your loss.

Josie was a great lady.
Mary Belfield

Josie, We meet when I was 13 yrs old. My best friend's mother. Like a second mother to me. All whom knew you were blessed by your beautiful spirit. So grateful you became a part of my life. I will forever hold you in a special place in my heart. Robin Rose
Robin Eastman