Josephine "Joy" (Agovino) Andreozzi, 67, of Providence left us on Thursday night, February 28th, surrounded by the immeasurable love of her children inside the home she built with her late husband Frank.
Joy graduated Mount Pleasant High School in 1970 and obtained an Associates Degree in Business from Johnson & Wales University in 1972 – the same year she married the love of her life, Frank, on October 22. Using her JWU degree she worked at the famed Outlet Company department store as an assistant to buyer from 1974-1980. In 1981, 1983, 1984 she welcomed three children while she and Frank saved to build a house. Joy then reentered the work force as a receptionist at Procaccini & Voccola Law Offices.
Joy was a floater for Providence School Department’s lunch programs - sometimes running into her own kids at lunchtime. Behind the scenes Joy meticulously cared for each child’s development to keep their lives stable and happy; especially after the sudden passing of her husband Frank. As a widow and single mother she became a formidable role model – no matter how hard it may have been –Joy’s mission was to guarantee her kids strength, positivity, and love; and in turn she left them with life long lessons.
Ever enriching her community Joy had been the vice president for Silver Lake Olnyville Girls Softball (1995 -1996) and in 1999 she started work at The Silver Lake Community Center coordinating before-and-after school day care programs for children and senior citizen lunches. She became treasurer for Senior Citizens of Hope, and a director of bingo and deaf bingo with the Rhode Island Deaf Senior Citizens. Joy was proud to plan, execute, and host KIDS FUN DAY every summer, a day long block party where you could always find Joy in her KIDS FUN DAY tee shirt holding her clip board. Joy worked at the Community Center as recently as January 2019.
Joy always found a way to insert her one-liners into conversation. That quiet humor will be forever cherished by her loved ones and so will her tremendous collection of house decorations.
Josephine leaves a legacy of immense strength, honest humor, and the willingness to move forward no matter the odds - personally, professionally, and even in terms of health. Joy remains a powerful part of countless lives and will be held with dear fondness in so many hearts. Coworkers, friends, and family alike were all drawn to her pure kindhearted nature. She held true to her nickname “Joy” and left us all with that very feeling.
Josephine was the wife of the late Frank Andreozzi Jr, daughter to Michael Agovino and Rose “Patsy” Agovino (Pesare) of Providence. She is survived by her three children: Michael of Brooklyn, Chris of Attleboro, Gina of Providence; and a brother Richard Agovino of Providence.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours and socializing at Maceroni Funeral Home Tuesday March 5th at 1381 Smith Street, North Providence from 5pm to 8pm. Please consider wearing some blue or purple (Joy’s favorite colors.) Mass will be held Wednesday, March 6th at 10am in St. Bartholomew Church in Providence. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Johnston where Joy will be laid to rest next to her husband Frank.
Donations may be made to:
Silver Lake Annex Community Center
529 Plainfield Street, Providence RI 02909
American Cancer Society
931 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick RI 02996