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Celebrating the life of
Josephine "Toddy" Tortorice Shefchuck
January 29, 2016 - July 25, 2016
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Funeral Service
  • 11:00am - Tuesday, August 02, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

I have known Toddy all my life. She probably changed my diapers and those of my brother's as well and we are now in our 70's. I was happy to have known her and we share many sweet moments thru the years. Our condolences to all the family. She is now liberated and at peace - she leaves us with good memories and a heart connection that will last a lifetime.

Chaka (Joanie) Varley, Austin, TX

I have known Toddy all my life. She probably changed my diapers and those of my brother's as well and we are now in our 70's. I was happy to have known her and we share many sweet moments thru the years. Our condolences to all the family. She is now liberated and at peace - she leaves us with good memories and a heart connection that will last a lifetime.

Chaka (Joanie) Varley, Austin, TX

Josephine “Toddy” Tortorice Shefchuck passed away peacefully at home on Monday, July 25, 2016, at age 97.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Joseph Adam Shefchuck, her sister, Patrina Ann Schillaci and her brother, Joseph Anthony Tortorice. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families who mourn her passing.

Toddy was a fun loving, ballroom dancing, consummate chef, creative beautician and always stylish fashionista who generously shared her personal beauty tips, delicious recipes and housekeeping hints with friends and family. She rhumba-ed her way to many awards across the numerous Houston ballrooms such as the Empire Room, the Cork Club, the Rice Roof, the Plantation and many others so popular in the 1950’s. As a self-proclaimed gourmet Sicilian cook responsible for supposedly introducing Houston Italians to the delights of homemade lasagna, she assembled many Italian meals for family gatherings and holidays, her specialities being her delicious chocolate cream and lemon cream pies. Always immaculately made-up, she took sole credit for bringing Revlon cosmetics to Houston, insisting on wearing Revlon’s “Love that Red” lipstick into her 97th year. Toddy could weave fact and fiction into many believable entertaining tales, including her eight marriage proposals that she turned down until she met her cherished, adoring husband, Joseph. Nobody dared question the veracity of her stories. She loved her family fiercely and unconditionally. We will miss her. May the Good Lord and her beloved husband, sister and brother welcome her to eternal peace and happiness.

A funeral service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 2nd of August at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home located at 1734 West Alabama, Houston, Texas 77098. Immediately following the service, a reception will be held.

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I have known Toddy all my life. She probably changed my diapers and those of my brother's as well and we are now in our 70's. I was happy to have known her and we share many sweet moments thru the years. Our condolences to all the family. She is now liberated and at peace - she leaves us with good memories and a heart connection that will last a lifetime.

Chaka (Joanie) Varley, Austin, TX

I have known Toddy all my life. She probably changed my diapers and those of my brother's as well and we are now in our 70's. I was happy to have known her and we share many sweet moments thru the years. Our condolences to all the family. She is now liberated and at peace - she leaves us with good memories and a heart connection that will last a lifetime.

Chaka (Joanie) Varley, Austin, TX


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