Josephine Breitwieser Obituary – Florida Times-Union


Josephine Ann Breitwieser passed away peacefully on February 23, 2022 on Fleming Island, Florida. Jo was born on September 11, 1926, in Du Quoin, Illinois, to Joseph and Dominica Cicardo, both from Sicily. She was the youngest of 8 children and her father died when she was 10.

Jo joined the United States Cadet Nurse Corps and received her nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis. She met her beloved husband Bob on a blind date and they married in 1949. After Bob graduated as an engineer, they moved to Denver and raised 3 children. The family traveled all west in a Winnebago, fishing and sightseeing. Over the years they moved and resided in Pittsburgh, Kansas when Bob passed away at the age of 55. Jo worked as a school nurse, then an operating room nurse, and continued her volunteer work as county president of the American Cancer Society and president of the Operating Room Nurses Association of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. She received the Spirit Of Mt. Carmel Award, for her dedication and support to t. The mission of the Carmel Medical Center.

After retiring from nursing, Jo moved to Virginia Beach to be closer to her daughter. She became an active volunteer for Friends of Lee, a cancer support group, the Red Cross, and Operation Smile, a non-profit organization operating on children with cleft lip and facial deformities. In charge of medical records, Jo has made 45 mission trips around the world, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Russia, Ghana, Israel, China, Jordan, Jerusalem, Kenya and Colombia. During her travels, she rode an elephant, a camel, went on a safari and enjoyed the world! Jo’s service and dedication has earned her numerous awards: Operation Smile Volunteer Award, Women In Transition YMCA Award, JCPenney Golden Rule Award, Domino’s Pizza Unsung Hero Award, Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service, and Hooray for friends of You Lee. Award.

Jo moved to Orange Park in 2001 to spend time with her family. She was a member of Orange Park Methodist Church and PEO for many years. Jo loved to read and was an avid bridge player; make many wonderful friends. Jo became involved with the Shepherd’s Center, an organization for seniors, setting up an annual health fair, organizing flu shots, and serving on their board of directors. She has helped seniors on a mission, volunteered for the hospice, and has volunteered over 2,500 hours at the Orange Park Medical Center, working in day surgery and calling bingo for behavioral unity. Jo received the Golden Gala Award Service Award from the Shepherd’s Center and the Humanitarian Award from Orange Park Medical Hospital. She was a wonderful cook and her famous pastas, apple pies and cinnamon rolls were always in demand. She was a devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend.

Jo was predeceased by her parents, husband, son and siblings.

His survivors include his son, Bob (Linda) Breitwieser; his daughter, Sue Wetzel; grandchildren, Matt (Sarah) Wetzel, Eric (Maddy) Wetzel, Julie (Jon) Wilson, 9 great-grandchildren and close nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Orange Park United Methodist Church, 2051 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073. A luncheon will be held following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Community Hospice of North Florida, Operation Smile, Orange Park United Methodist Church, or a charity of your choice.

Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073 is serving the family.

Posted on March 01, 2022

Published in Florida Times Union

Comments are closed.