Obituary: Josephine F. (Misener) Williams, 88

Josephine F. (Misener) Williams, 88, died peacefully at her daughter’s home with her family by her side on Thursday, May 4, 2023. She was the wife of the late Owen J. Williams, who died in 2020..

Josephine was born in Framingham and raised in Southborough, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Hilda M. (Cody) Misener. She was a 1952 graduate of Peter’s High School in Southborough and worked as a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone Company until she married and started a family.

Family was always her top priority, and helping to raise three grandchildren was her greatest joy in life. Her second joy was her beloved cats, Simon, Jackson, and Tigger, whom she cared for throughout the years until they crossed the rainbow bridge. She was an avid fan of golf and enjoyed listening to music, especially Frank Sinatra. She will always be remembered for her witty sense of humor and her great one-liners. Josephine never missed a family vacation at Hampton Beach and Ogunquit, Maine. She was always a fashionable dresser, and most of her outfits reflected her favorite color, pink. Over the past years while she resided at Corcoran House, she enjoyed being outdoors on the patio, trips to Meadowbrook Farms and Rota Spring, and riding around town to view the Christmas lights. Her family would like to thank the staff at Corcoran House for all the love and care shown to her over the last two years.

Josephine leaves her daughters, Beth A. Williams and husband Neil Maloney of Marlborough and Karen M. Reed and partner Michael Stanton of Clinton; two sisters, Bea Ginga of Southborough and Margaret “Peggy” Bateman of Natick; two grandchildren, Natalie Gorczynski and husband Thomas Gorczynski of Peabody and Jake Reed of Northborough; and two great grandchildren, Lukas and Kamila Gorczynski of Peabody. She was the sister of the late Catherine Kane, Mary Dion, Dorothy Santella, and John Misener. She was the grandmother of Stephanie Williams, who died in 2014.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 11, from 6-8 PM in the Collins Funeral Home (, 37 Lincoln Street, Marlborough. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery will be private. All are invited to sign her online guestbook at

(Photo and Obituary via Collins Funeral Home)

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