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Josephine Sarama, Worked at the Palace Theatre

STAMFORD, Conn. — Josephine Sarama, a longtime Stamford resident who was born in New York City, died on Jan. 2. She was 89.

After graduating from Stamford High School, she went to work at the Electric Specialty Company during World War II. She built motors for attack submarines there.

After the war, Sarama worked in sales for the C.O. Miller Department Store, was maitre’d at the Roger Smith Hotel, and then spent 50 years working for Minchin Buick, which she left when she was 87.

She also worked as the night-time cashier at the Palace Theatre , and earned the nickname “Queen of the Palace” for her ability to get people inside the theater within 15 minutes.

Sarama is survived by her son, William Sarama, and his wife Michelle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Sarama, and her brother, Benjamin Miller Jr.

Family and friends may call at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home on Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Stamford on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m.  Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Springdale .

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Holy Name of Jesus Church .

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