Josephine Kaurin

March 11, 1913 - February 5, 2020
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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

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Date: Friday, February 14, 2020

Time: 11:00 am

Sunset View Mortuary


101 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

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Born: March 11, 1913
December 24, 2019
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Died: February 5, 2020

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Janet Lynne Kirby posted on 2/17/20

I remember a time when grandma Jo was canning veggies and par boiling corn. Grandma Jo was so patient with her grand children.


Larry Henry posted on 2/16/20

My condolences to family and friends


Debbie Mello posted on 2/15/20

I remember her as a strong funny lady just as her sister was whom was my Grandma! My great Aunt! I remember taking visits to her house and playing in the yard which was much like a farm! She was always very giving and offering food! I remember picking her up and going to Reno with my grandma and other women in the family! She was so excited to gamble! I think she liked it! She had a laugh I never could forget with a great sense of humor! She was a incredible women that lived a long full healthy life with loving family around her! What a accomplishment! I hope she passed in those genes to me! ! She will be missed!!


Maui Guerra posted on 2/14/20

Hi Grandma Jo, Thank you for all your love and sacrifice. Thank you for being the shining, beaming example of an extraordinary life lived. Thank you for pushing on to raise your children. Thank you for being the grand matriarch of a great family that helped produce generations of wonderful loving people, who all share you warm heart, and selfless kindness. You reminded me of my Grandma, my Abuelita. I saw her smile in you sweet one. It was an amazing honor to have met you, I was blessed by your presence, we were all blessed by your presence. These words are not enough to describe your amazing legacy. But know that, it has been passed on, through generations of strong beautiful women, now to your greatest treasure, you Great Great granddaughter Viana. It was pure magic to see you hold her. God Bless you Josephine as you move on towards your next journey in the Heavens. You will be missed, but treasured, and remembered for your 100 year love. From the Guerra's, with the warmest hearts Maui Guerra