Josephine Apricena

josephine apricena

September 17, 1930 ~ September 3, 2021

Apricena, Josephine nee: Salto, age 90, of Fort Lee, on Friday September 3, 2021. Beloved wife to the late Mario Apricena. Loving mother to Annette Colitz and Michael Apricena. Proud grandmother to Stephanie, Alexandra, Jamie, and Gianna. Cherished sister to Paula Bongardino and Biaggia Arensman. Josephine was a life time resident of Fort Lee, attending School 4 and graduating from Fort Lee High school in 1948. She than attended school of business in NYC and perused a career as an administrator assistant. She was a life long parishioner of Saint Nicholas parish in Palisades Park New Jersey. Josephine love to sing in the choir where she was a member for 40 plus years. She dedicated her life to her family and friends and was always a joy to be around. She enjoyed the simple things in life, cooking for her family homegrown tomatoes, the sunset, smelling the roses, a bundle of basil, sunflowers, the fall foliage and her beloved cherubs and butterflies. She was loved and adored ,and be miss by many. She very much loved her son Michael daughter Annette her four grand daughters, her many nieces and nephews and her two surviving Sisters. The family will receive their friends on Monday 3 to 7 PM at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”. The funeral will leave Tuesday at 9:30 AM for the celebration of her funeral mass in St. Nicholas R.C. Church at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made in Jospehine's name to St.Judes Children Research Hospital. For condolences, directions, or information call (201) 944-0100 or


Funeral Mass: September 7, 2021 10:00 am - 10:45 am

St Nicholas RC Church
442 Brinkerhoff Ave
Palisades Park, NJ

Visitation: September 6, 2021 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Interment: September 7, 2021 11:30 am - 11:50 am

George Washington Memorial Park
Paramus & Century Roads
Paramus, NJ 07653-0021

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  1. Josephine was one of the sweetest women I have ever known. When Cyndy married Michael, all of her family became Josephine's family. She was always smiling and loved to visit with us when we were there. The family gatherings I attended were so full of life, just like Josephine. I know she will be missed and I know we will miss seeing her whenever we are able to travel again. I remember fondly Josephine's smile, her love of family, her humor and her cooking!!

  2. I have to say that Josephine made everybody feel like they were part of the family from the minute she meets you. She lets you in to her home and share stories about growing up in fort Lee and going to Italy and her travels. If you matter you were family. Her smile was infectious. I met her when I was 15 years old and it was invited to every holiday. She always made me feel like I was special and that I meant as much to her as I did to my own family. We lost such a special woman today but the heavens gained an angel. She will always live with us through our stories and our memories of her and live in our hearts. Her children and grandchildren are also incredible and that's in the testament to who she was as a mom a grandma a niece a sister a daughter a friend. May she be at peace. I will miss you so very much. Thank you for everything you have given me in this life and shared with me.

  3. Prayers and sympathy to my niece ANNETTE and nephew Mike gir the loss of your mother I meet her in the early 70 and was taken in by her smile and friendly ness. I am thankful to have been her sister in law. The whole Family of Andrew salto sends our love.
    Elaine Salto

  4. Rest in peace (Mom) Josephine. You were one of the warmest, loving woman and will be missed immensely. The world was a better place with you in it. Our condolences to the entire family. Prayers for strength and comfort during this difficult time.
    Always in our hearts,
    Robyn and Andy Lomrantz

  5. My dear friend Josephine… her smile brought love and light to all she touched.. her heart was genuine, kind and reflected in her two beautiful children and entire family. My heart hurts for you all.. she will be dearly missed.
    Rest easy sweet Jo…be at peace knowing you’ve made our world a better place…

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