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Josephine Theresa (Larkey) Tobacco

November 25, 1927 ~ June 8, 2017 (age 89)

Josephine Theresa Tobacco, age 89, passed away peacefully at her home in Duluth, GA, on June 8, 2017.  A Memorial mass and celebration of her life will take place on Friday, June 23 at 11 a.m. at the Catholic Church of St. Monica in Duluth, GA. Mrs. Tobacco or “Jo” as she was known to many was born in New Lexington, OH and raised in Yonkers, NY. She graduated from Yonkers High School of Commerce with a degree in bookkeeping and studied at Pace Business College. After graduation, she worked for B. Altman and Company in New York City before leaving her position to raise a family. She returned to work after her children were grown and retired from the New York Telephone Company. Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister and friend, she is survived by her son, Anthony (Cynthia) Tobacco of San Jose, CA, her daughters Priscilla (Jerry) Gailey of Cape Coral, FL and Dolores (Jerry) Ware of Marietta, GA, her brother, Anthony (Eleanor) Larkey of Manchester, NH, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Dominick Tobacco. A resident of Duluth, GA since 2005, Jo was happiest when she was serving others. She was a volunteer and member of the Auxiliary at Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth for nine years where she worked in the hospital gift shop.  She was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Duluth and a volunteer tutor at Chattahoochee Elementary School. She loved cooking for her family and friends, dancing, traveling, going to plays and reading. She was always willing and eager to learn new things, regardless of her age and surprised many with this talent. One of her many accomplishments was mastering the computer to check emails, watch stocks and conduct online banking. She always made those around her feel important and the center of things. She was happy and upbeat and shared her wonderful energy with others. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make donations to Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary ( and Canine Pet Rescue ( Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

 Service Information

Memorial Mass
June 23, 2017

11:00 AM
The Catholic Church of St. Monica
1700 Buford Highway
Duluth, GA 30097

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