November 05, 1928 - June 21, 2020
Josephine Thieman, age 91, entered eternal life on Sunday, June 21, 2020 peacefully at home and surrounded by her family. Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the daughter of the late Michael and Elizabeth Dziedziak Swiontek and the sister to seven siblings.
She met her late husband, Carl John Thieman Jr., while working in New York City. Carl was visiting New York as his Naval destroyer was docked in Brooklyn. In 1947, the love of her life, swept her off her feet and brought her to Nashville. They raised four daughters and celebrated 52 year of marriage at the time of his death.
The family was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church and loved vacations together to the beach. Josephine loved to shop, play "Skip Bo", and watch "Blue Bloods" on Friday nights. She was known for her hospitality, always making sure everyone had more than enough to eat. She enjoyed The Tennessee Titans and Notre Dame football and working in her garden.
Josephine was preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl Ann and son-in law, Tim Lusk. As a sister, she was predeceased by Helen Cardineau, Stella Seighman, Sophie Valvonis, John Swiontek, Stanley Swiontek, and just earlier this year, Jean Barney and Dolores Dalla-Verde.
She is survived by three daughters, Teresa (Donnie) Broadway, Dolores (Randall) Hunnicutt and Vickie Thieman. Her grandchildren, Shane Thomas, Shanna Thomas, Erin Bagsby (Steven), Angel Harrelson (Daniel), Ryanne Foutch, Blake Thomas and Alex Lusk along with nine great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild, loved her as "Me-maw" and "Bocie". Her surviving big brother is Joseph Swiontek of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Her grand-dog, Sophia Grace, protected and guarded her until she left this world.
Visitation is Thursday, June 25 at 10:30am followed by the funeral Mass at 11:30am at St. Patrick Catholic Church; 1219 2nd Avenue South, Nashville, TN. Her grandsons are serving as honorary Pallbearers. Interment will follow at a later date. Please note that social distancing guidelines are appreciated.
The family wishes to pass along their sincere thanks to the nurses of Alive Hospice, Rebecca, Cindy, Adie, Elaine and Nesha for their services in their time of need. In addition, much appreciation to Heide and Chuck, Crawford Mortuary and Crematory, for the kindness and guidance they have shown. Finally, to Father Hammond, St. Patrick Church, for his comfort in praying with their mother and his continued prayers for their family during this time.
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