August 29, 1928 - May 31, 2021
Josephine Arena Holt, age 92, of Springfield, Pennsylvania, died May 31, 2021. Born August 29, 1928, the only daughter of the three children of Vincenzo and Vincenza Faillaci Arena, she is now joyfully reunited with her most beloved and cherished husband, Clement Smith Holt, to whom she was married on December 7, 1957, as well as her brothers, Sebastian Arena, M.D. and Vincent Arena, their wives, her nephew Mark Vincent Arena, and her great-nephew, Anthony Arena DeFalco. She is survived in the U.S. by her dear cousin, Marie Palumbo Bova and her children and in Italy by her cousins Aurora Arena, Riccardo Arena and his daughter Maria Cristina Arena. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her as their second mother as well as by dozens of great and great-great nieces and nephews and many friends of all ages. During her 46 years at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Josephine served in several capacities and rose to the important role of Executive Secretary to the Executive Director and also served as the Patient Advocate for the Hospital. For many years she was the Hospital liaison to the Women’s Auxiliary Board of the Abrahamsohn Committee and the Philadelphia Antique Show. Josephine was a woman of deep faith, compassion, and love who appreciated every day that she was able to spend with her family and friends. She always put others before herself and was remarkable in ways too numerous to mention. Those who knew her understand the incredible generosity and grace with which she conducted herself every day of her life. Visitation will be from 10 – 11 AM on Friday, June 4, 2021, at the Church of the Redeemer, 145 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, PA, to be immediately followed by a service at 11 AM. Interment following the service will be at West Laurel Hills Cemetery. Josephine requested that, in lieu of flowers, those who wish to commemorate her life make a donation to Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, 135 Clelian Heights Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601, or to the Church of the Redeemer.
Josephine Arena Holt, age 92, of Springfield, Pennsylvania, died May 31, 2021. Born August 29, 1928, the only daughter of the three children of Vincenzo and Vincenza Faillaci Arena, she is now joyfully reunited with her most beloved and cherished... View Obituary & Service Information
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