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Josefina Yuson Param

April 21, 1937 — November 22, 2022

Goose Creek

Josefina “Josie” Param, 85 of Goose Creek, South Carolina, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Born on April 21, 1937, in Manila, Philippines, Josie was the third eldest of 12 children of (the late) Jose and Virginia Yuson. 

Josie was first and foremost, a servant of God.  Her strong faith inspired her to be the most loving wife, mother, sister, and friend to all who knew her.  Her greatest joy was serving God and being with family.  When she wasn’t at church, Josie spent her time doing things she loved the most: taking care of her family, traveling (especially pilgrimages), and eating out.  An adventurous soul, she left the Philippines in 1968 giving her family a few hours’ notice before boarding her flight to the US with her friends.  She eventually landed in Boston where she worked as an accountant.  Later, she met her would-be husband Virgilio Param and became a naval spouse.  Together, they embarked on a marriage that spanned Hawaii to Italy and everywhere in between before settling in Goose Creek. There, she landed a job with the Defense Finance and Accounting Services from which she later retired. 

Josie was the heart of her family and was known for her 4C's: Church, Cooking, Commissary and Cable TV. Church- She attended daily mass religiously. Cooking- She would often express her love through her wonderful cooking in which her passion for others poured forth.  In fact, she was known for traveling with pans, ingredients, and food items to provide meals for those she visited (even if it meant going over luggage weight).  Commissary- She made several trips to the grocery store to make her signature dishes. Cable TV- She loved watching the Filipino Channel and daily mass when she couldn't attend it in person. While we will miss her infinitely, she would want us to celebrate her life rather than spend too much time grieving her loss.  She always insisted on spreading joy and love to everyone around her.  

Josie is preceded in death by her husband, Virgilio Param and her siblings Florentina, Asuncion, Rosario, Felisa, Jose, Antonio, and Luis.

She is survived by her children Jennifer Finch (daughter) with husband Kevin and their children Audrey, Abigail, and Annabelle; Vincent Param (son), with wife Jami and their children Paxton and Pria; Joyceline Kiefer (daughter) with husband Kory and their children Kayla, Madison, and Cole; Vernie Param (son) with his wife Jennifer and their children Valerie, Jayden, and Vanessa; and Josie’s siblings Maria Clara, John, Cesar, and Mario.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 1, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation at 869 St James Ave Goose Creek, SC 29445. 

The funeral mass will be held Friday, December 2, 2022, at 10:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Church at 510 St James Ave, Goose Creek, SC 29445.  The burial will immediately follow at Plantation Memorial Gardens 3345 S Live Oak Dr, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. 

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at

In lieu of flowers, Josie requests enrollments in perpetual masses. To learn more about perpetual enrollment, please see the following link.


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation - 869 St James Ave Goose Creek, SC 29445 (843) 553-1511.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Josefina Yuson Param, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, December 1, 2022

6:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation Goose Creek

869 St James Ave, Goose Creek, SC 29445

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Prayer Service

Thursday, December 1, 2022

7:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

McAlister-Smith Funeral and Cremation

869 St James Ave, Goose Creek, SC 29445

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Funeral Service

Friday, December 2, 2022

10:00am - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

510 St. James Avenue, Goose Creek, SC 29445

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