Ellen, who preferred to be called Josephine, was born on November 13, 1920, in Phillipsburg, NJ, to the late Frank and Agnes (Roth) Merritt.
Josephine was a life-long resident of Phillipsburg, NJ, attended Phillipsburg High School, and was a member of St. Philip & St. James Roman Catholic Church.
Josephine married Stanley David Jessamine, Sr., in 1941 and celebrated 69 years of marriage prior to Stanley passing away in 2010. They enjoyed traveling with friends, dancing and playing golf together. For 30 years, Josephine and Stanley had a winter residency in Florida. She was a member of Oak Hill Golf Club in Holland Township, NJ, and was a founding member of the Lopatcong Township Municipal Pool, where she managed the refreshment stand and later worked the front gate for 25 years. Josephine loved watching sports, was an avid Phillies fan and created beautiful gifts for her family and friends by crocheting and painting ceramics. Josephine loved her family and she will always be in our hearts.
Josephine is survived by her loving sons: Stanley David Jessamine, Jr. and Siobhan, of Lopatcong Township, NJ, and Donald Wayne Jessamine and Rochelle, of Lopatcong Township, NJ, her grandchildren: Stanley Jessamine III, Faye (Jessamine) Scherer and Michael, of Lopatcong Township, NJ; Adam Jessamine, of New Hope, PA and Leah Fuls, of Lopatcong Township, NJ, and two great-grandchildren: Matthew and Audrey Scherer. Along with her husband and her parents, Josephine was predeceased by her two brothers, Russel and Edward Merritt.
A Viewing is being held on Monday, February 4, 2019, from 5-7 PM at the Finegan Funeral Home, 302 Heckman St., Phillipsburg, NJ, with a Funeral Service to directly follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Josephine’s name to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, via aspca.org.