Josephine “Josie” Varisco Rhodes passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the age of 93.
Beloved wife of the late Paul “P.J.” Rhodes for 61 years.
Mother of Paula Rhodes-Walker (Chris). Grandmother of Evan Walker.
Daughter of the late Angelina Culotta Varisco and John Varisco.
Sister of the late Marie Waguespack, the late Lena Hogan, and Virginia Sapia.
Also survived by nieces, nephews, and friends. Josie received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Loyola University New Orleans in 1943, and was later granted a PharmD from Loyola. Josie practiced pharmacy for over 50 years. Paul and Josie were the owners of Rhodes Drug Center from 1959 until 1997. Josie was also a member of Alpha Phi Sorority which she enjoyed very much and also a member of the Italian-American Society. She was a lifelong resident of Harvey, LA and member of St Rosalie Parish. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend visitation which will be held at Mothe’s Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expy, Harvey, LA 70058 on Thursday, January 12, 2023 from 6-8pm and on Friday January 13, 2023 from 9-11AM
at St Rosalie Church. The funeral mass will be held on Friday January 13, 2023 at 11AM at St. Rosalie Church. Interment to follow, Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Society of America. Family and friends may view and sign the online guest book at