Josefa L. “Josie” (Leicht) Fuchs

January 2, 2011

JOSEFA L.”JOSIE”(LEICHT)FUCHS – of Woburn, formerly of Medford, beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Fuchs, passed away peacefully at the age of 103, at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, on Sunday, January 2nd. Loving stepmother of Kurt Fuchs and his wife Ursala. Dear sister of the late Paul Leicht, Maria, Bertha and Matilda Leicht. Cherished cousin of Edward and Shirley Milch of Natick. Also surived by several loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday morning, January 5th, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. A Funeral Mass will follow in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11. a.m. Interment in Westview Cemetery, Lexington. Donations may be made in Mrs. Fuch’s memory to CatholicTV, P.O.Box 9196, 34 Chestnut Street, Watertown, MA 02471.

OBITUARY:

Josefa L. “Josie”(Leight) Fuchs, of Woburn, forrmerly of Medford, passed away quietly Sunday evening January 2nd, at the St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham at one hundred and three years of age. Born in Germany, she was the daughter of the late Johann and Norbertha ( Vogler ) Leicht. Raised in Germany, she had very vivid memories of being in school during WW I where she and all her classmates knitted socks for all of the soldiers. Following high school at the encouragement of her aunt, she and her late sister traveled from their homeland of Germany to the United States on the Bremen Norddeutscher Lloyd line. Arriving in New York they were met by family members and went to live in Malden.

“Josie’s” aspiration of being a Kindergarden teacher never came to fruition but her love of children always remained the same. She began working as a “domestic” for families, where she dedicated herself to the children in her care. At the age of fifty-two, she met her dear beloved late husband Joseph Fuchs to whom she devoted herself to for the next twenty nine years. They made their home in Medford where they spent many happy times. She loved to cook particularly those foods from her native land. Josie, was also a very gifted embroiderer and extremely creative when it came to knitting. Hats, mittens, sweaters and blankets, were shared amongst friends and family , and all made with love.

In 1998, Josie moved to New Horizons in Woburn where she made her home for the next ten years. There she shared her talents, and learned new ones. She became quite proficient with a computer, which allowed her to stay in touch with her family members on a daily basis.

On becoming a Centenarian, a wonderful celebration was held at New Horizons, where she received recognition from across the United States, NBC and her native homeland of Germany. She was thrilled!

Throughout her lifetime she brought much happiness to those around her . She had planned on being in America for only five years, enough time to make some money and bring it home for her family and pursue her Kindergarden teaching experience. Just recently at 103, she had expressed that she felt her” five years” were almost up and she would be going home.

In addition to her parents, Josie was predeceased by her husband of twenty nine years, Joseph A. Fuchs, who passed away in January of 1988, and her siblings Paul, Maria, Bertha and Matilda Leicht.

She is survived by her stepson Kurt Fuchs and his wife Ursala, her cherished cousin, Edward Milch and his wife Shirleyof Natick, her dear friend Hedwig McIntire of Malden. Also surived by several loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday morning, January 5th, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. A Funeral Mass will follow in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11. a.m. Interment in Westview Cemetery, Lexington. Donations may be made in Mrs. Fuch’s memory to CatholicTV, P.O.Box 9196, 34 Chestnut Street, Watertown, MA 02471.

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  1. Dear friends and family of Josie, especially Shirley and Ed:

    How fortunate Charlie and I were to have known Josie. Charlie especially was privleged to have her as part of his family (the Niedners) since before his birth. Charlie has many fond memories of Josie but one that stands out is the day in May of 2007 just before Josie turned 100 years old when we picked Josie up one morning from New Horizons and drove her to Hillsboro, NH where the Niedner family farm was. Josie worked for the Niedner family from 1926 to 1954 and spent many summers at the farm. This was a real treat for her to see Rosewall Farm and the surrounding area.We had a nice lunch in town and drove back to New Horizons in the late afternoon. She later told us it meant so much to her to see the Farm and reminisce from years past.

    Josie brought more joy into our lives than she will ever know. We miss you Josie and know you are home now and in your final resting place.

    with love,
    Charlie and Priscilla

  2. I’m very sorry to hear about Josie’s passing, I have memories from a long time ago on Gaston Street. Josie and Joe (actually Mr. & Mrs. Fuchs back then) were two of the best neighbors I have ever had. My brothers and I would shovel snow for them in the winter and they were always very generous. I remember helping Joe carry lumber into the basement and seeing the two of them always in their garden. I also remember wearing lederhosen when I was young, not sure if that was Josie’s influence or my mother seeing Kevin running around Josie’s yard. I haven’t seen Josie since I bought her house, but I’m sure she was just as wonderful now as she was way back then on Gaston Street.
    -Paul Ellis

  3. Ed and Shirley, Kurt and Ursala,

    So very sorry to hear of Josie’s passing, but I am glad to have had the opportunity to see and spend some time with her a couple months ago in Framingham. Josie was more than special; she was intuitive and genuine and never seemed to take anything for granted. She loved her family and friends immensely, and she always remembered kindnesses. During my last visit with her, I was able to bring along Maxx (the rescue dog formerly at New Horizons). When I tapped on her door, she turned around and exclaimed, “Maxx!” At 103 she was more than an inspiration; she was the epitome of gratitude for life and true appreciation for even the smallest of joys. I regret I am not able to be with you all for her service; please know my thoughts are with you and your family, as well as my thanks for allowing so many of us to share in her life.

    Rob Nigro

  4. I, like Josie,am originally from Germany. I was her hairdresser for many years and visited with her many times while she was at the New Horizon’s on Warren Ave.
    She was an extremely sharp lady when she reached the ripe old age of 100.
    I was unaware of her location when she relocated to Framingham and lost contact
    She was a friend, and will be missed.
    Ruth O’Neill

  5. Kate (Zanoni)MacNeil and family

    I have many fond memories of Aunt Josi as a child. I always looked forward to seeing her and Uncle Joe at Mamma’s house when the families got together. Rest in peace and thanks you for the memories.

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