Josephine Poszywak Hoffa was best known for being the wife of Jimmy Hoffa, an American labor union leader who served as the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) from 1957 until 1971. Born on February 14, 1913, Hoffa disappeared on July 30, 1975, and was declared dead on July 30, 1982. Josephine on the other hand passed away on Sep 12, 1980 (aged 62) in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA.
Hoffa’s disappearance had long been linked with the American Mafia, with whom Hoffa had a turbulent relationship. According to the New York Times, landfill worker Frank Cappola, who died in March 2020, told a friend that his father had confessed to him that he had been ordered by a gang of unidentified men to bury Hoffa’s body underground in a steel drum.
The Law Enforcement officials at the time said that Mrs. Hoffa’s memory of phone calls and other comments made by her husband were invaluable in helping them to reconstruct the days prior to Hoffa’s disappearance on July 30, 1975. Despite a large-scale investigation headed by the FBI, Hoffa has never been found and is presumed dead.
The couple were survived by two children, Barbara Ann Crancer and James P. Hoffa.
Josephine Poszywak Death & Cause
Josephine Hoffa died on a Friday evening, Sep 12, 1980, at Grace Hospital in Detroit at the age of 62. At the time of her passing, her husband was still missing and was declared dead two years later. Josephine died in the
coronary care unit at 7:12 p.m. of “small stroke syndrome,” a disease defined as a number of small blockages that stop the flow of blood to certain parts of the brain.
Several family members, including her two children, James, and Barbara Crancer were at her bedside when Mrs.
Hoffa died. “She had lost weight and she had been ill, and we were very concerned about her,” her son said. “We’re stunned and saddened.”
When did the two Meet?
The missing former Teamsters president wrote in an autobiography he was working on before he vanished that when he first met the former Josephine Poszywak, “I felt like I’d been hit on the chest with a blackjack.”
Hoffa wrote that he met his future wife in 1936 while she walked the picket line outside her place of employment: a laundry that was paying her and the other workers 17 cents an hour. The picket line consisted of two circles moving in different directions, and Hoffa said he was trying to give each of the laundry workers walking the inner line.
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