In Mystic, CT, May 15, 2003, Josephine Persicano Turner, formerly of Bethany, wife of the late John McCullough Turner, Sr. Born in Brooklyn, NY, May 4, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Carmella Guera Persicano. She graduated from New York University in 1934 and volunteered as a Physical Education Instructor in the Bethany Elementary School for many years. A Bethany resident from 1946 - 1997, she was active on the Bethany Republican Town Committee and served on the Bethany Board of Education. Mrs. Turner was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Bethany. She is survived by her son, John ''Mac'' Turner, Jr. and his wife Patricia and two grandsons: Leland and Gregory Turner, all of North Stonington, a brother, Vincent Persicano of Houston, TX and a sister, Philomena Tardera of Point Lookout, NY. She was predeceased by a daughter, Elizabeth J. Turner. Funeral service at Christ Church, Bethany, on Monday, May 19th at 11 A.M. Arrangements with BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN.

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  1. How many years / how many memories? Too numerous to recall or record. Both of your parents were great people.

  2. Joe was the consummate hostess, friend to us and our kids. Always generous of her time—someone to stop by to see and chat– the rendezvous at the pond with the Bethany crowd were great!!!

  3. Mac & Family: Our deepest sympathy for you loss. Both Janet and I have fond memories of Porter Hill-your mom taught Janet how to swim, and I spent many hours caretaking the buildings and grounds. Your mom was always a pleasant, cordial, caring person to be around. Mark and Janet Lorenze

  4. Mac, My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your mother. All who knew her in Bethany will feel the loss. Sincerly, Craig A Stahl

  5. My deepest sympathies and condolences to Jo\’s family. When I moved to Bethany 25 years ago and began to get involved in the Republican Party, Jo was a person I looked up to and wished to emulate. Her grace and poise always impressed me. I remember attending a fund raiser for then Congressman John Rowland at Jo\’s house. John was more then three hours late, people were getting tired and food was becoming depleted. Yet Jo was unflapable and gracious through it all. When John finally did arrive he gave Jo a big hug and the party went on. Jo gave of herself to everyone who came in contact with her. A woman of her quality does not often pass through this world. She will be missed.

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