Josephine Zaro

1912 - 2012

Josephine Zaro, 100, passed away Aug. 8, 2012, at her home in Walla Walla. Josephine was born in Walla Walla on Jan. 26, 1912, to Ambrose and Angela Berteolli Pinza. She married Tony Zaro on Sept. 23, 1936. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and St. Anne’s Altar Society. She worked at Birds Eye Cannery and helped her husband on the family truck farm raising Walla Walla Sweet Onions and other vegetables while also making a wonderful home for her husband and daughter. For many years, they sold Walla Walla Sweet Onions on U.S. Highway 12 and passed that passion onto their grandson.

She had a wonderful flower garden along with helping her husband plant a victory garden with many types of vegetables for their use. She was a talented seamstress sewing her daughter’s school clothes and in later years, volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul helping make quilts. She enjoyed watching her great-granddaughter, Kaylee, play softball and ride her horses.

She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Brown (Jake); grandson, Jacob (Jim) Brown (Angie); and great-granddaughter, Kaylee Brown; a sister, Carolyn Goodwin; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tony; brother, Frank Pinza; and sisters, Mary Locati and Johanna (Jennie) Locati.

Viewing and visitation will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, from 2 p.m. until after the rosary at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. The rosary will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., with Sister Helen Mason officiating. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at 10 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Jeff Core, celebrant. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church or Walla Walla Catholic Schools through the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at

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