November 14, 1929 ~ January 29, 2021

Born in: Hamden, CT
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Josephine Iacobelli Lockery, 91, of Hamden, loving wife of the late Walter Lockery, passed away on January 29, 2021 at home, her hand held by caregiver Cindy Adinolfi. Born in Hamden on November 14, 1929, the only child of the late Giuseppe and Lucia Civitello Iacobelli, she is survived by her sons; Joseph Lockery and his wife Sarah of Branford and David Lockery (Joyce McCann) of Hamden, grandchildren; Jane and Rose Lockery, Megan Lockery, and Emily McCann, one great-grandson, nieces, nephews, and brother-in-law, Donald Lockery. After graduating from Hamden High School, Josephine, known as Jo, worked for ACME Wire and Etkind Solokoff. She was an active member of the Margaret L. Keefe Elementary School P.T.A. when her sons were students. Jo enjoyed gatherings at the Knights of Columbus Club in Hamden, reading, painting, crossword puzzles, soap operas, and family summer vacations at the Beachwood Motel in Kennebunkport, ME. Jo entertained friends and cousins by hosting holiday cookouts and games of Pokeno. She was proud of her success in quitting a cigarette habit and even prouder of her granddaughters who affectionately called Jo “Hoot” for her owl-like laugh. A bit of a rebel, Jo boasted she drove the hills on Benham St., after frequent trips to McDonalds, with the “pedal to the metal” and free of a seatbelt. Her softer side was evident by a weakness for stuffed animals and a collection of Beanie Babies. While cheated of memories in later years from dementia, Jo’s life remained full due to the companionship of her caregivers; Cindy Adinolfi, Carolyn MacMillan, Enza Valentino and Claudia and Jennifer Fasano. Jo’s family is forever grateful to this team of incredible women for their devotion while helping Jo to successfully reside safely in her home.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 11 a.m. in Beaverdale Memorial Park, 90 Pine Rock Ave., New Haven, CT 06515. Contributions in her memory may be made to Knights of Columbus, 2630 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06518.


Graveside Service: February 3, 2021 11:00 am

Beaverdale Memorial Park
90 Pine Rock Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515


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  1. Joe, Sarah and family: you are in my prayers and you endure the finality of life on earth. You were blessed with many years of beautiful and fond memories and love! Take something about her you treasure and bake it part of who you are! May she Rest In Peace until you meet again in our heavenly kingdom! God bless all of you

  2. Joe, Sarah and family, our sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother. May she now rest in peace.
    Joan & Jeff

  3. Joe and Dave and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I also remember your moms unique laugh. I remember going shopping with her down to the New Haven Mall. Mostly Macy’s. We had a lot of laughs and good times living in the duplex on Dixwell Ave. Wonderful memories. Love to you all Nancy Hanks Gallucci

  4. Joe, Sarah,Jane and Rose,
    I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and grandmother. It is difficult to see someone slip away either physically or mentally.
    It seems she lived a full life surrounded by family. We really can’t ask for more in this life.
    Please accept our condolences. She will continue to live through all of you, your fond memories and stories of things that you shared.❤️🙏

  5. Joe….My deepest condolences to you and Sarah and all the family. To your brother and his family. All the grands. May your sweet mom Rest In The Peace of Our Lord…..until you meet again. XOXO It was my pleasure to meet her at your Thanksgiving table last year.

  6. Dave, Joe, Joyce, Emily, Megan & family,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your mom & grandmother.
    Our sympathy, love & prayers,

    Dave & Joan <3

  7. To Joe and David and their families: My condolences on the death of your mom. She was the nicest lady and was always good to me growing up when I would come over with my mom to visit my Aunt Irvina and Uncle Jay and see the two of you. I’m sure both our moms are having a wonderful time seeing each other again in Heaven.

  8. Dear Joe, Dave and your entire families. We were very sorry to read of your Mother’s passing, and send our sincere sympathy. Many years have passed since last seeing you, but we’ll remember the good times. From the Sjogrens- Al, Judy, Bob, and Donna

  9. Dear Dave, Joyce, Megan, and Emily-
    So very sorry to learn of the passing of your Mom/Grandma.
    May she always rest in peace and may your loving memories of her
    bring you comfort during this time of sorrow.
    In sympathy & friendship
    Doreen & Tom Van Horn & Family

  10. So sad to hear about Aunt Jo’s passing. I remember her as a quiet, gentle soul. She will be missed by all that loved her. My love and sympathy to all of you. Love, Debbie, Vinnie, Danny and Jenna

  11. Joe,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  12. Joe

    Your mom is so beautiful and I loved reading about her life. She accomplished what is most important the giving and receiving of love. It seems like she had a whole lot of fun doing that. My prayers are with you and your family.

  13. Joe and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. May the many good memories of your mom and the love of family and friends, help ease your pain.
    Dave H

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