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Josephine Moonves, Nurse and Mother of CBS Chief, Dies at 92

Josephine Moonves, a longtime nurse and matriarch of a large family that includes sons Leslie Moonves, chairman and CEO of CBS Corp., and Jonathan Moonves, an entertainment attorney, has died. She was 92.

Moonves died Friday at UCLA Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.

Known to her friends as Jo, Moonves was a healthcare professional who graduated at the top of her nursing-school class. She continued to practice as a nurse until her retirement at age 70.

A wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Moonves was matriarch to an extended family that also includes cousins, nieces and nephews. Born Josephine Schleifer in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was raised, she married U.S. Army veteran Herman Moonves in 1943. The couple moved to Valley Stream, N.Y., where they had sons Leslie, Jonathan and Alan Moonves and a daughter, Melissa Moonves. Josephine and Herman later moved Lynchburg, Va., Atlanta, Ga., and then to Pacific Palisades, Calif. in 1979. She was an avid traveler, and, with Herman, an active member of the Santa Monica Family YMCA.

In addition to Leslie, Jonathan and Melissa, Josephine is survived by eight grandchildren: Adam, Sara, Michael, Charlie, Jacques, Ian, Alaina and Julia; and three great grandchildren: Noah, Judah and Jack.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Josephine’s name to the Alliance for Children’s Rights, 3333 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

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