Vernon- Josephine “Josie” Shencavitz, 94, a former resident of Upper Dummerston Road died Saturday evening, October 6, 2018 at Vernon Green Nursing Home where she had been a resident since March 2016.
Mrs. Shencavitz was born in Greenport, Long Island, New York on December 20, 1923 the daughter of Halario and Emma (Picard) Diaz. She was raised and educated in Greenport graduating with the Class of 1941, Greenport High School.
A former resident of Mt. Saini, New York, with her husband she owned and operated The Flower Stop, a nursery and garden center. Following their retirement in 1989 the couple relocated to Brattleboro.
A devout Catholic, she was a communicant of Saint Michael Roman Catholic Church where for many years she taught CCD classes and served as a lecture offering the readings during weekend Masses. She was also an active member of the Daughters of Isabella, Ave Maria Council #128.
With her husband she established the Garden of Innocence at Saint Michael’s Church in 1993 and maintained the garden each year with the planting of flowers and shrubs.
Josephine loved both vegetable and flower gardening and with her husband maintained a large garden on their property on Upper Dummerston Road. She loved her home, was an excellent cook and was well known for her delicious pies.
On February 6, 1944 in Port Jefferson, Long Island she was married to Joseph C. Shencavitz. Her faithful and devoted husband of 73 years predeceased her on April 16, 2017.
Survivors include three sons, Joseph Shencavitz, Jr. of Marysville, Washington, Gerald Shencavitz of Mount Desert, Maine and Peter Shencavitz of Brattleboro, one sister, Dolores Topping of Alabama, two grandchildren, Laurie Beth Wilson and Jeffrey Shencvitz, three great grandchildren, Cameron Wilson, Eric Wilson and Grace Shencavitz, a close friend Gordon Diers of Brattleboro, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
She was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph, Richard and Francis Diaz and four sisters, Rose Adams, Clara Foster, Theresa Greenwood and Stacia Wilkenson.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11:00 A.M. at Saint Michaels Catholic Church with Fr. Justin Baker, Pastor, celebrant. Committal Rites and burial will follow in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery.
Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home Friday morning from 9 A.M. until 10:30 A.M.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Shencavitz’s name may be made to Saint Michael's School, 47 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.
To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence to the family please visit www.atamaniuk.com.