Josephine G. (Freil) O'Toole

December 29, 1928 ~ August 11, 2021 (age 92)



Born Josephine Gibson Freil in Boyers, PA, Butler County, formerly of Lawrenceville, Soho, and longtime resident of Brookline, age 92, passed away on August 11, 2021, in Bridgeville.  She was born December 29, 1928, the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret Freil.  Josephine was the wife of the late Michael O’Toole (a former Pittsburgh policeman); the beloved sister of the late Charles W. Freil, Francis Freil and Elizabeth Freil; loving mother of Michael O’Toole (Karen), Sharon O’Toole Hallstein (Mark), and Kevin O’Toole; special mother-in-law to Mark Hallstein, who became another son to her and her husband; and proud grandmother of Alaina Hallstein, who brought great joy into her grandma’s life and who followed in her career path to become a nurse.  Josephine became a nurse in 1951 at St. Margaret’s Hospital, but took a hiatus for some time to raise her children before returning to her nursing career working with unwed mothers (Salvation Army) and the elderly (Methodist Home). 

Josephine was always there to help her children, family and friends, and will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure to know her. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh, 6926 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208, or to St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 933 Brookline Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15226. 

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Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh
6926 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15208
Tel: 1-412-345-7300

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933 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh PA 15226
Tel: 1-412-531-9575

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