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Josephine “Jo” Naspinski, a Tallahassee woman who has been honored for her local volunteer work, turned 100 on Jan. 13. Her volunteer service began during World War II and culminated in her being honored with a Tallahassee Senior Center Foundation Silver Star award in 2006 for her longtime service as a volunteer for Big Bend Hospice, Leon County Schools and as a Leon County poll worker.

Jo was born the year women won the right to vote and hasn’t missed the opportunity to vote in an election since. This year will mark her 20th presidential election. In her first, in 1944, she cast a ballot for Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

She was born in New York City of Spanish immigrant parents, the youngest of eight children. She worked for 30 years for the Passaic County (NJ) Welfare Board, where she oversaw three clerical departments.

体育在线365 After being widowed and losing her young daughter to a sudden illness, she married Mike Naspinski, a Navy veteran, chef and postal worker, in 1960 after his first wife – a friend of Jo’s – lost a long battle with cancer. She raised Mike’s two daughters, Avis Neary and Arlette Braman, as her own, and together they had a daughter, Michelle Ubben, who lives in Tallahassee and is president of Sachs Media Group.

体育在线365Prior to relocating to Tallahassee in 1995, she and Mike lived in Port St. Lucie, where they spent the early years of their retirement. Mike passed away in 2001.

体育在线365 Josephine has 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She will be celebrated by local friends and family members who are traveling from around the country to honor her at a party on Jan. 18 at the American Legion Hall.

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