Born on March 11, 1913 in San Francisco, Josephine Nieve grew up with her parents Frank Nieve, Magdalena (Palmieri) Nieve and nine brothers and sisters. Jo, or Fina as her siblings called her, grew up to marry Art Kaurin, who pre-deceased her in 2000. Together, they had four children, Beverly (Walter Pringle), Arlene (Norman Tapia), Ronald (deceased 1960) and Gary.
Jo had seven grandchildren, many great grandchildren and 2x great grandchildren. She is survived by many nieces, nephews and family members who all loved her and remember her wonderful stories and contagious laugh.
Art and Jo built a home in El Sobrante in 1940 that operated as a small farm. They had chickens, cows, a horse, rabbits and grew their own vegetables, including rows of corn. Art plowed the fields and Jo did the canning. Beverly and Arlene helped feed the chickens as well as other choice chores around the place. Cousins loved to visit on weekends, as a getaway from the city life in San Francisco.
Jo was a woman of many talents. She enjoyed cooking meals for family, crocheting blankets for every family member, knitting sweaters and other gifts, sewing dresses, coats and other clothing, drapes and table cloths. She painted, tried doll making and more. She bowled on a weekly league with Beverly and was always ready to go when the opportunity presented itself. She played basketball with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren well into her 90’s. Jo loved going out to lunch after her weekly hair appointment, shoe shopping or to the movies.
Our family is blessed to have had her for so many years, still we will miss her presence. Jo was an icon