Josephine S. (Franze) Spalla

  • Died: January 29, 2021
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

William Slater II Funeral Service

1650 Greentree Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Tel. (412) 563-2800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Age 101, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Frank J. Spalla for 65 years; loving mother of Josie Soltis (Bob) of Green Tree, Geraldine Durst (the late George) of Bel Air, Maryland and Dr. Frank J. Spalla, Jr. (Susan) of the Villages, FL; Cherished grandmother of Michele Iorio, Michael Miele, Dr. George Durst, Daniel Durst, Nicole Dismuke and Natalie Bass. She was blessed with 11 loving great-grandchildren, Donnie and Briana Iorio, Matthew and Rowan Durst, Nicolas and Mira Miele, Emily Gibson, Grant Dismuke, Carson and James Bass and Cash Durst. She was the sister of Geraldine DeFoe and predeceased siblings including Christina, August and Natalie Franze, Angeline Hunter, Christine Romano and Lena Weber. Josephine was a member of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America and a longtime member of Amity Lodge, and St. Thomas More Church. She loved working at the Upper St. Clair High School for many years. Josephine lived a long and blessed life. She has now gone to be with her beloved husband, Frank. Family and friends welcome Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 412-563-2800, 1650 Greentree Rd., Scott Twp. 15220. Funeral Mass in Resurrection Parish, St. Thomas More Church, Wednesday 10 a.m. DUE TO INCLIMATE WEATHER, PLEASE CALL FUNERAL HOME TO VERIFY VISITATION AND FUNERAL TIMES. Entombment in Queen of Heaven Mausoleum, Peters Twp. Due to Covid-19 requirements, everyone must wear a mask and practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 600 Waterfront Dr., #210, PGH, PA 15222 or the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 1645 W. 8th St., Erie, PA 16505.


Condolence & Memory Journal

As my mother's older sister, I recall the stories of my aunt Josie taking her little sister on long treks, up and down Pittsburgh's city steps, selling tomatoes door to door.

This is just one little insight into a 101 year life, full of joys, sorrows, and experiences many of us simply cannot fathom.

I treasure memories of those now gone, and hope the memories of Josie, Dena, and Frank keep their mother alive in their lives.

Frank Weber, son of Antoinette Magdalena et al Franze

Posted by Frank Weber - Wayne, PA - Family   February 01, 2021

I like to think Aunt Jose is at peace with her love, Uncle Frank. I treasured her yearly calls thanking me for my Christmas card and her advice always given with smile and a pointed finger. I will remember her stories and strength. My mom and I are feeling a deep void as we missing our visits together and talks. We find comfort that she is with her Frank and lived her 101 years her way.

Posted by Lisa Allen - Pittsburgh, PA - Family   February 01, 2021

My sister might be remembered for her strength and determined nature but her devotion to the memory of her husband Frank, and our talks about her life with him are something I will never forget. I can still hear her saying, "Frank was my one and only." Her voice also filled with pride whenever she mentioned her kids and grandkids. She was an amazing trooper and I will really miss her.


Posted by Geraldine DeFoe - Pittsburgh, PA - Sister   February 01, 2021

I feel so blessed that I got to know Aunt Josephine and Uncle Frank. They were so kind, loving, and always happy. I am sad that she has passed but happy that she will be with her beloved Frank in heaven.

Posted by Rose Lentulay - Ellicott City, MD   January 31, 2021

Rest In Peace Aunt Josie. You're finally with you're life's partner again. Thanks for all the stories, history lessons and help along the way. Your and uncle Frank's lives were remarkable. I'll remember you both, and share your memories always. Your Godson Gus.

Posted by Gus Franze - Fishkill, NY - Family   January 30, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Josie's passing. I know she missed Uncle Frank so very much. They can now be together with Our Heavenly Father forever. She had a marvelous life and I will kept her memory close to my heart. My deepest sympathy to Josie, Dena and Frank and to the entire family. Your loss is deep but your memories will carry you through this difficult time. Again my sincere condolences. God Bless and stay safe. Love your Cousin - Barbara

Posted by Barbara Andolina - Las Vegas, NV - Mother   January 30, 2021