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Josephine R. "Josie" (Giunta) Cultrera
  • In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Josie's memory to the
  • St. Mary Italian Church Grotto Fund
    C/O Salem Community Arts Center
    35 Congress St., Suite 305
    Salem, MA 01970
  • or to the charity of one's choice.

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“Paul and Joe,I've just learned of the passing of your mother. Please accept my condolences.I know your father passed a few years ago. I remember...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Michael Brady - Southfield, MA

“Dear Paul and Maria and Joe,Your slideshow is a beautiful tribute to life well lived and full of joy. The love between your parents is palpable and...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Kathie McClintock - Friend

“Maria,so,sorry for your lost. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Jean Godjikian - Salem - Friend

“Dear Joe,I am so sorry to hear about the death of your Mom, Josie. From what Mary beth has said, she sounds like a wonderful lady and a beautiful...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Constance Festo Lafond - MA

“Dear Maria, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was such a special lady. I remember driving her, my Aunt Jeannette and a couple...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Susan Mineo - Peabody, MA

“Dear Maria,I am very sorry to read about the passing of your dear mother. Although I did not know her personally, I am aware of how special a...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Deborah Clay - Salem, MA


7 of 10 | Posted by: Deborah Clay - Salem, MA

“I will never forget the amazing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and holidays spent with Josie and the family at her home. I was fortunate to be apart of the...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Andrew Giunta - Family

“Dear Maria, Paul and Joe,You have our deepest condolences on the loss of your wonderful Mother. The few times we met her we were greeted with smiles...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Cindy and Gerry Meola - Salem, MA

“Dear Maria, I know that you and your mom shared a very special bond and I am saddened to hear of your loss. I know that your mom's love and presence...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Denise Stewart - Tucson, AZ


SALEM- Mrs. Josephine "Josie" Rita (Giunta) Cultrera, 98, of Salem, beloved wife of 65 years to the late Paul S. Cultrera, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family in the same room where she was born.

Born in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Maria (Lotta) Giunta. She was raised and educated in Salem, and was a graduate of the former St. James Grammar School and Salem High School.

Josie began her professional career at Sylvania. She was a waitress at the former New Ocean House Restaurant at the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead. She accepted a position as the Cafeteria Aide at the Horace Mann School in Salem and most recently she had been employed as a Secretary with the Special Education Department at Salem High School until the time of her retirement.

Josie was first and foremost a mother and nurturer. She dedicated her life to her loving husband and children and always provided a loving and warm home for them to come home to. She was a lifelong resident of the City of Salem and an active parishioner of the former St. Mary Italian Church of Salem. She was a member of the Order Sons of Italy - Veturia Romana Mixed Lodge #1200 of Salem; the former St. Mary Italian Church Ladies Sodality of Salem and volunteered for many years as a poll worker for Ward 3:1 at Salem High School until the age of 95. She was an avid and voracious reader, enjoyed her weekly Bingo games, and in her younger years was an avid bowler.

Josie will be remembered for her laugh and sunny disposition which always brought a smile to those in her presence. She shared her love through baked goods, from cookies to pies and desserts; the Cultrera home was always filled with delicious aromas and love. She will be deeply missed by her family and her many loving and lifelong friends.

Josie is survived by her daughter, Maria Morello and her husband Robert of Salem, her sons, Paul S. Cultrera Jr formerly of Gloucester, and Joseph A. Cultrera and his fiancée Mary Beth Bainbridge of Salem, and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. She was the sister of the late, Grace Fossa, Catherine, Jenny, Peter, Frank, John and Matthew Giunta.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from The O'Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Sq., (At Salem Common) Salem, Monday, Oct. 31 at 9:15 A.M. followed by her funeral Mass in Ste. Anne's Church, Jefferson Ave., Salem, at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Sunday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 5 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Josie's memory to the St. Mary Italian Church Grotto Fund, C/O Salem Community Arts Center, 35 Congress St., Suite 305, Salem, MA 01970 or to the charity of one's choice . To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com