Jose and Josephina’s paths crossed for the first time in 1938 on a busy San Antonio street. Jose was driving by with his friends and Josephina was crossing the street. As he hung his head out of the window to get a better look at her, their eyes locked. From that first moment, he took her breath away. He immediately stopped his car and ran across the street so he could ask for her name. Just a few months later, Jose enlisted in the military and went overseas to fight in World War II. While Jose was deployed he would write to Josephina often quoting the lyrics to Stardust by Hoagy Carmichael: “High up in the sky, the little stars climb, always reminding me that we’re apart.” They would be separated for almost 3 years, because Jose was captured as a prisoner of war. Josephina’s prayers for his safe return were answered in 1945 and they married soon after he returned home.
Jose and Josephina had two children together, Anthony and Sylvia. Jose went on to work for the Post Office. Josephina stayed home to raise the children for several years, and then went on to work for the Social Security Department. Jose passed away a few years ago, but every time Josephina hears the song Stardust she feels connected to her late husband again. While Josephina was a patient with Seasons Hospice, she chose to honor Jose by singing Stardust every time her music therapist came to play songs with her. For her, the song symbolized her bond with Jose while they were apart during WWII and became a way for her to remember him after his passing. Her Seasons music therapist presented a recording of the song and the framed lyrics to Josephina and her family as a legacy project.