Josephine Franich Puhera, 95, Watsonville, passed away peacefully the morning of October 31, 2014 in Watsonville, California, surrounded by her family.
Jo was born in Butte, Montana to Mijo and Luce Franich on February 22, 1919. After settling in California, she graduated from Oakland Technical High School. She lived and worked in San Francisco during the 40's before settling in Watsonville. There she raised 2 boys as a widow, working as Mintie White's School Secretary. Jo was a longtime club member of Y.L.I. and S.A.C.O. of Watsonville. She enjoyed entertaining her family and friends.
Jo is preceded in death by her parents, Mijo & Luce Franich, Husbands Antone "Tony" Cernokus and John Puhera and brothers Matthew and John Franich.
She is survived by her children: Antone (Cheri) Cernokus and Michael Cernokus, Stepdaughter Cathy O'Bryan, 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm at St. Patrick's Church. A memorial will be held after.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 940 Disc. Dr., Scotts Valley, CA 95066.
The family wished to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Hospice of Santa Cruz for their loving care.