Joséphine Grose obituary (1923 – 2021) – Hatfield, MA

Josephine Grose

Hatfield, MA – Josephine Anne (Ponticello) Machlin Grose, passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at home surrounded by family and loved ones.

Born July 27, 1923 in Canastota, NY, Jo was the third daughter of Guy and Teresa (Sorbello) Ponticello who had both emigrated from Sicily. She moved to New York after earning a psychology degree from Skidmore College. Jo worked as a photo editor for Vogue and Glamor magazines, and as a photographic assistant. In 1950, she married photographer and artist Sheldon M. Machlin. They had a daughter, Nina, and moved to Brooklyn, NY, where she lived for many years.

In 1960, she enrolled in Bank Street College of Education where she obtained a Masters in Early Childhood Development and Education, and where she taught 3-4 year olds at the Bank Street School for Children for many years. many years. During her time there, she mentored many gifted teachers who continued to be a part of her life until the day she died. While on Banks Street, she met the head of the children’s school, Laurence “Larry” Grose, whom she married in 1971. In 1972, she became director of the Nevins Day Care and Program. after school, providing care, education and support to hundreds of people. families in downtown Brooklyn. In 1976, she and Larry moved to Hatfield, MA. Before retiring, she did a lot of things in this area, including working for Head Start in Northampton and as Head of Laboratory School at Greenfield Community College. After retiring, she and Larry enjoyed every minute of their life together until her death in 2005.

A very creative person, Jo loved all the needlework arts, science, psychology, nature, reading and politics. She loved to laugh and could find something to enjoy in every person or thing she met. She lived a life of love, kindness and joy, endlessly taking an interest in everything and everyone. She will be missed by many whose lives she touched.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Nina Machlin Dayton and Trevor Dayton and beloved granddaughter Annie Dayton, all of Hatfield, as well as her three living stepchildren – Richard Grose of New York, Deborah Grose of Boston, and Jody Grose of CT, children of Jody, Sarah and Tucker Grose, and a million friends and family.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters; Sally Ponticello and Eva Thoby-Marcelin, first husband, Sheldon Machlin; stepdaughter Barbara Grose; and the love of her life, her husband Larry Grose.

To know Jo was to love her. She will be missed by so many people.

Donations in his memory can be made to any organization that supports children’s, animal, nature or social justice causes.

All services will be private. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with its services. For more information or to leave personal condolences to the family, please visit

Published by Daily Hampshire Gazette on January 3, 2022.