Josie recently played her first game of capture the flag. As the youngest, she was tasked with guarding the flag. From her post she watched as the big kids made hopeful runs into enemy territory, as her parents sped to tag invaders, and as defenses evolved. She was done guarding in the safe zone. Josie dashed right at the opponent’s flag, scooped it up, and sprinted back to her side. She celebrated with a victory dance that was good natured, but definitely directed at her parents.
Josie possessed a spectacular blend of spirit, independence, and kindness. She made us happier, funnier, and more authentic. She made us sparkle.
Josie adored her big brother. She loved her cousins and her trusted friends, several of whom were teachers at her school. She was quick to share a giggle, and even quicker to remove her shirt. She liked to experiment and get messy. She ate almost as much parmesan cheese as pasta, equal parts ketchup and french fries, and more vanilla icing than cupcake. She could run, bike, and swim as fast as she wanted, but only on her own terms.
Josie died Christmas morning due to complications following a brief illness. She was with her family at the time.
Josie is survived by her parents, Monica Patterson and Leidy Klotz, her older brother, Ezra, her grandparents Theresa and Joseph Patterson of Kilmarnock, VA and Laurie and Larry Klotz of Cortland, NY and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. We will love and miss her forever.
Those who wish to express sympathy may consider making a donation in Josie’s name to give more children the chance to grow their strength and spirit at her school.
Mail: “Our Neighborhood Childhood Development Center,” 1015 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA, 22902
Family and friends of all ages are welcome to join a celebration of Josie's life: 2:30pm - 5:00pm on January 6, 2024 at Morven Farms Meeting Barn in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Condolences may be shared with her family on the Tribute Wall.