, Salem, MA

January 21, 2013

Josephine (Corso) Hersey, 84

Peabody — Josephine (Corso) Hersey, 84, beloved wife of Frederick Hersey, died unexpectedly on Friday afternoon January 18, 2013 at the Beverly Hospital.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Reese) Corso. She grew up in Winthrop and graduated from Winthrop High School, class of 1946. She then attended Fisher Junior College. Mrs. Hersey enjoyed her nurturing role at home with her family. She was also a Home Health Aide with the City of Peabody for about ten years. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Adelaide’s Church of Peabody where she was active in the Catechism Group, and was a woman with a devoted faith.

She is survived by her sons, Michael and his wife, Jackie Hersey of Salem, N.H., Scott and his wife, Charlene Hersey of Billerica, and Paul Hersey of Peabody; daughters, Deborah Hersey of Peabody, Elizabeth and her husband, Brad Chaffee and Suzanne and her husband, Stephen Mearls all of Billerica; seven grandchildren, April Hersey of New Hampshire, Mandy Calouro of Haverhill, Dalton, Valerie, and Sarah Chaffee of Billerica, Matthew Hersey of Billerica, and Kasey Mearls of Billerica; three great-grandchildren, Aidan, Archie Jr., and Gavin; two sisters, Irene and her husband, Michael Sirianni of Florida and Catherine Plucker of Peabody; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death recently by her son, Brian Hersey this week, her husband, Frederick, and brothers, Joseph, Michael, James and Anthony Corso.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather on Wednesday, January 23, at 9 a.m. from the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Adelaide’s Church, Peabody. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, from 4–8 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Please visit for online obit & sign condolences.