Josephine M. McLewee, 78, production technician

February 09, 2005

Josephine M. McLewee, a former News American employee who later worked as a production technician, died of cancer Feb. 2 at her Severna Park home. She was 78.

Born Josephine Mary Giza in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, she attended St. Stanislaus parochial school.

She worked in sales for F.W. Woolworth & Co. and Carpet World before taking a job in classified advertising in 1968 at the newspaper. She was promoted to the accounting department and worked at the newspaper until it was shut down in 1986.

From 1990 until 2002, she left Severna Park to work as a production technician at Circuit Connect in Nashua, N.H., a family-owned business that produces printed circuit boards.

Her husband of 31 years, Robert C. McLewee Sr., a Broening Paint Co. supervisor, died in 1978.

Mrs. McLewee enjoyed visiting Atlantic City casinos and gambling resorts in New England.

"My husband bought her two slot machines which she could play at home when she was no longer able to get out and visit casinos," said a daughter, Deborah McLewee Clutz of Nashua.

Services were held Friday at Barranco & Sons Funeral home, Ritchie Highway at Robinson Road in Severna Park.

Mrs. McLewee also is survived by a son, Robert C. McLewee Jr. of Abingdon; another daughter, Sandra Lee Muscelli of Baltimore; two brothers, John Giza of Baltimore and Joseph Giza of Crisfield; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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