Josephine Nagel, of Livermore, passed away peacefully at home with her family on November 25, 2019, after a long struggle with cancer. She was 88.
She will always be remembered by her loving devotion to her husband and family and her strong convictions to these roles. Her personality was bigger than the small package she came in. She always enjoyed a small or large gathering with friends and family.
Josephine "Jo," was born September 25, 1931 to parents Michael and Sarah Geraci in New Jersey. She grew up in Hollywood and moved to Berkeley. She graduated from Berkeley High in 1950 and married her junior high school sweet heart Ron Nagel in 1951. They were married for 56 years until Ron's death in 2007.
Jo and Ron began their married life in Berkeley, moved to Walnut Creek to start their family and then moved to Livermore in 1966.
During the 1970’s and 80's, they designed and built their family cabin in Mi-Wuk Village where they spent many memorable times with family and friends.
She joined the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1973 as an administrative clerk and retired in 1993.
Jo had a variety of interests that included music, dancing, cooking, crocheting, and shopping. Her father, who was a Bay Area professional musician, inspired to her music aspirations. She performed at various local events singing and playing country and western music accompanied by her guitar and son David. Her musical highlights include: placing second on the Cotton Seed Clark TV talent show in Sacramento, and being asked by talent scouts to audition for Buck Owens in the 1960s.
She always loved cooking and entertaining Sicilian style for family and friends where she hosted the family Christmas dinner for many years. She and Ron were involved in the Bay Area Italian Club and enjoyed participating in many Italian family events. Jo and Ron enjoyed dancing and music and being involved in their children’s and grandchildren's activities.
During their retirement years, they enjoyed traveling with family and friends. When not spending time at their cabin, they often were found spending time planning trips to the Hawaiian Islands.
She is survived by her sons Michael Nagel and his wife, Julia; David Nagel and his wife Regina; daughter Ronna Oelrich; brother Paul Ulyak (Dee); grandchildren Matthew Nagel (Kerry), Mark Nagel (Claudia), John Nagel (Jamie), Angela Lanci (Daniel), Jason Nagel, Brett Oelrich, Jessica Nagel; and great-grandchildren Otto and Owen Nagel.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1pm to 2pm with rosary beginning at 2pm at Callaghan Mortuary in Livermore. Funeral services and mass will be held on Monday December 9 at 2pm at St. Michael's church in Livermore.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association.
Callaghan Mortuary is honored to be serving the Nagel family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.