Josephine "Jo" Forktus, 84, of Raritan, died peacefully on December 13, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 14, 1933 in Bound Brook, to her dear parents Luigina (Russo) and Dominic Simonetti. Jo was the executive secretary for over 20 years at St. Ann's Church in Raritan and at St. Ann's School for 6 years, where she was a communicant and a member the Rosary Altar Society. During her children's school years at St. Ann's School, she volunteered as a librarian, a cafeteria aide and at Bingo. She also volunteered for the St. Ann's Festa. Jo loved sports, especially the NY Yankees and NY Jets. She enjoyed reading, traveling and cooking for her family. Loving and generous, Jo was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Jo is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, Stephen W. Forktus, 3 loving sons, Stephen J. Forktus, Mark (Victoria) Forktus, and David Forktus, 5 cherished grandchildren, Jacob, Sandra Jo, Erica, Justin and Nicole, 1 adored great-granddaughter, Katie Jo, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and 2 dear brothers, Vincent and Paul Simonetti.
Viewing: Friday December 15 2017 4:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:30am-9:30am at Bongiovi Funeral Home 416 Bell Avenue Raritan NJ 08869 (908) 725-1887.
Funeral Mass: Saturday December 16 2017 10:00am at St. Ann's Church 45 Anderson Street Raritan NJ. Entombment: St. Bernard's Cemetery Bridgewater NJ.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in Jo's name be made to the St. Ann's Church Building Fund 45 Anderson Street Raritan NJ 08869 or the American Cancer Society 2600 US Hwy 1 North Brunswick NJ 08902 or go to www.cancer.org.