Josephine was born on March 17, 1928 to Barney and Lena Twardy in the district of Bruno, SK.
She took her schooling until grade 8 from Pleasant Grove country school. The Twardy’s returned to Yellow Creek when she was 15 years old. Josephine was married to Andrew Nemeth in 1945 and made a mother in 1946 with the birth of Irene. It was while living with her in-laws, that Josephine learned to speak Hungarian. The following year, they moved from the Nemeth homestead where came the arrival of Grace. In 1949, their first son Steve was born. They remained at this location for a few years before returning to the homestead. While raising her young family, Josephine worked many long and hard hours raising livestock, milking cows, performing the field work, haying, plus growing and harvesting the garden produce.
The next three children arrived within only three years of each other: Elsie, Linda and Ernie. They continued to live in the original house until 1960, when a newer home was moved onto the farm and Eddie and Wendy arrived. As the older children married or moved away, the remaining family moved into the Village of Yellow Creek. Josie kept busy raising the last of the children, keeping up her vegetable garden, raspberry and strawberry patches and tending to the livestock, which was kept on the acreage just outside of town. Also during this time, Josie was enjoying being a grandmother.
In 1982, they retired to Melfort, SK. In her retirement, Josie made many trips to visit her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, gardening, bowling, reading, volunteering in church ministries and CWL as well as that of the Food Bank.
Josie moved from her own home into Diefenbaker Place where she resided for six years before failing health required her to move to Chateau Providence inn St. Brieux for long term care. Visits from her children continued to bring her comfort until her passing on April 11, 2023.
Josie’s gentle and loving disposition will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her children: Irene Asztalos of Wakaw, SK; Grace Nemeth of Edmonton, AB; Steve (Gloria) Nemeth of Melfort, SK; Elsie Coquet of Saskatoon, SK; Linda Bodo of Kamloops, BC; Ernie Nemeth of Yellow Creek, SK; Eddie (Melissa) Nemeth of Chetwynd, BC and Wendy (Tracy) Smith of Thompson, MB; 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; her brother Peter (Eleanor) Twardy of Regina, SK; her sister Anne Ritz of Saskatoon, SK; her sister-in-law Sandy Twardy of Saskatoon, SK and numerous nieces and nephews.
Josie was predeceased by her parents Barney and Lena Twardy; husband Andrew Nemeth; sons-in-law: Armand Coquet and Joseph Asztalos, grandson Bernie Asztalos, three sisters and two brothers.
Those wishing to make a Memorial Donation in Josephine’s name may do so to the Alzheimer Society of Canada
A Private Family Service will be held at a later date.