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Josepha Eyre

Josepha Maria Schretlen Eyre

Monday, April 20th, 2020
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Josepha “Jossy” Eyre, one of Denver’s original social entrepreneurs, died of complications from coronavirus on Monday, April 20th. She was 89 years old.

Jossy was the founder of the Women’s Bean Project in Denver—an organization founded to create bridges to self-sufficiency for women coping with homelessness, poverty, violence and substance abuse.

Her life-long work in service was inspired by a childhood in Holland scarred by war, Nazi occupation, bombings, and her eventual flight to the US as a refugee. In addition to the Women’s Bean Project, she was a TB/public health nurse, an advocate for seniors and the homeless, a committed activist for peace and justice, and a co-founder of Work Options for Women. She went back to school for an MS in Social Work in her mid-50s, where her later work in life was inspired by classmates who included the founders of The Gathering Place in Denver. Even into her 80s she was committed to social justice, active in Denver’s Ignatian Spirituality Program and a Co-member of the Sisters of Loretto.

As a young nurse on her way to a job in California, she stopped in Denver. An unusually warm winter day convinced her to look for work in Colorado instead, where she settled, married her husband Richard and raised four children, Richard Jr., Andrea, Christina and Judith. The last twenty years of her life have been blessed with four grandchildren, Sebastian, Emma, Christian and Victoria. She was predeceased by her husband, parents and nine siblings.

When travel and gathering restrictions are lifted, we will hold mass and celebration of Jossy’s life. Until then, you can view the virtual memorial service and photos by visiting the links below.

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Deborah S. Price

Posted at 06:24pm
I had the blessing of sharing "Jossy" while being a Site Coordinator the Womens Homelessness Initiative (WHI) at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church. Jossy's love of all people transcended everywhere she was present. Jossy lovingly and prayerfully washed the feet of each woman, while giving each person her special love. I am so blessed to have a picture of my five year old grand daughter getting her feet lovingly washed by Jossy. When I traveled to Uganda with Jossy, she epitomized the image of "mother love" for all she came into contact. The amount of boundless love shown by Jossy was so evident of her personality and in all that she did!. Jossy loved everyone! She will never be replaced and will be ever missed by many! God blessed us by having Jossy in our midst!

Rodgers and Ellen Naylor

Posted at 04:38pm
Sending love to Saint Jossy in heaven and her loving family on earth. Our deepest condolences and love.
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Marcella Wolfe

Posted at 11:13pm
Jossy was a gift to all who knew her. I have many fond memories of the time I spent with her. My contact with Jossy was through Loyola parish and the Women's Homelessness Initiative. She was often at daily mass and I remember the times she road her bike across City Park to get to church sometimes with a light ban on her head. Several times I gave her a ride to some fund raiser or church event. Th conversations were a delight. i loved hearing all the old stories. I remember the striking picture of Jesus made of photo's of people that she had outside her door at Mountview Manner. It was so telling to me of her love for our Lord and all his people.
Jossy worked with us at the start of the Women's Homeless Initiative. She gave everyone her full attention both volunteers and our guests. One of our gals told me Jossy gave her a good massage and healed her heart. She even got Richard to come a few times to help us set up cots. Thank you, Richard. I'll always be grateful for her support of the program.
I last saw Jossy in Feb. I went to comfort her and we spent the time talking about what I had been doing. She was a great comforter. I was telling my daughter Sara who now lives in NJ about my friend Jossy only to find out she went to Machebeuf with Judith. It was a privilege to have Jossy in my life.

Peace to all of you,
sally Wolfe


Marianna Bauerlein

Posted at 10:37am
Am so sorry for your loss, Tina, Andrea, Judith and Richard.
Jossy will always be remembered with Love and as a courageous, thoughtful, honest and caring human being.
She is an inspiration as a woman, mother, Aunt, and person!
I'm so glad I was able to visit with her numerous times over the past year, and have a visit with Ian in January, my last one. As always she was concerned with the other person, and smiled as she connected from the heart.
My thoughts are with you at this time.
I like to think that she and your dad are reunited in Heaven, at Peace.
your cousin Marianna

Verna Cavey

Posted at 03:22pm
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