Jan Josephs, the ex-husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey Margaret Josephs, died in August 2022. Many viewers of the show also know him as he had appeared on the show. Learn more about his current wife, children, and his family members here.
This article attempts to cover it all.
Jan Josephs Death Details
Jan Josephs, the ex-husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Margaret Josephs, has died. PEOPLE confirmed that Jan died after having a sudden heart attack. Margaret made Jan’s passing public via an emotional Instagram post.
She wrote, “Today would have been Jan’s 75th birthday, he passed away unexpectedly last week and a piece of us died with him. We are heartbroken. The night before he left us we shared a beautiful conversation about how blessed we are, our children all successful and happy, and that we could only brag to each other. We spoke every day, he was my family.”
She concluded the post, “Jan was an amazing father, grandfather, friend, partner to his girlfriend, he loved everyone unconditionally, he loved Motown, working out and Italian food, but most of all he loved his family. I chose this photo not only because it was one of his favorites but because he had a youthful spirit and will be forever young. Happy Birthday my angel.”
According to his obituary, Jan died on 22 August 2022. The funeral service was held on 31 August 2022 at 10:30 AM at Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors.
How Long Were Jan Josephs And Margaret Josephs Married?
Jan Josephs and Margaret Josephs were reportedly married in 1994. He was previously married and had three children of 8, 14, and 16 at the time. “They needed someone to love them and I was completely obsessed with them,” Margaret shared during an episode of RHONJ about her three stepkids.
They were parents to Jan’s four children; Bret, Derek, Taryn, and Spencer.
From their marriage, the ex-couple shared a son. The marriage lasted till 2013. The reality star’s affair with her current husband Joe Benigno likely became one of the reasons why their marriage ended. Not long after the separation and divorce, Margaret tied the knots with her husband Joe.
Since she hadn’t spoken to some of her stepchildren in years, Margaret previously told PEOPLE that she felt tension with them as a result of her choice to leave Jan for Joe.
“I know they don’t hate me,” Margaret said in 2018. “They’re holding a grudge. And it doesn’t make it any easier. But I know in my heart we’ll find a way back to one another. I’d die over them.”
“It’s an ache no one can fill. It’s heart-wrenching,” she continued. “They were my whole life. We had every Sunday dinner, and bar mitzvahs… Not knowing what they’re up to, it’s so weird. I pray every day and I write to them constantly. It’s not like they don’t acknowledge me with thank yous. But it’s just not the same.”
Regardless, Jan and Margaret stayed great co-parents and friends for their kids. On Father’s Day 2019, she wished her ex-husband, “Happy Father’s Day to all the incredible dads out there! I am so appreciative and feel blessed to have 2 amazing men in my life who are the true meaning of selfless when it comes to our family and children.”
More about his children, Bret is a professional photographer who runs Bret Josephs Photography & Videography, a full-service production, and editing company. Based in New York City, this acclaimed visual artist serves clients around the world. Featured on Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, Bret can make anyone feel and look beautiful from celebrities to everyday housewives.
For more than 15 years, Bret has developed his talent for capturing individuals and events with true authenticity. It is not uncommon for Bret to shoot thousands of pictures at one event, or for him to spend countless hours editing each shot to perfection. His unwavering commitment to client satisfaction is unparalleled in the field, earning him numerous repeat customers and word-of-mouth referrals throughout New Jersey, New York City, and Connecticut.
Derek is 44 years old (born October 1977) and hailed from Tenafly, New Jersey. Derek graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Taryn was born in October 1982 so he is 39 years old. She is married to her husband Darren Jablow. They tied the knots on 6 May 2015. She graduated from The University of Arizona in 2004.
Moreover, Spencer is currently residing in Charleston, South Carolina.
Did Jan Josephs Have A Wife At The Time Of His Death?
Yes, Jan Josephs had a partner named Laura Leoniti who was the love of his life.
Laura hailed from Ramsey, New Jersey. She graduated from Ramsey High School in 1978. She formerly worked at Arrow Electronics as Business Development Manager.
Laura’s Facebook reveals that she is currently working at Continental Resources, Inc. The couple appeared together in March 2022 on Laura’s Facebook. She posted a picture of the two and wrote, “Palm Springs with our special girl (granddaughter).”
They can be spotted together as early as October 2018.
Jan Josephs Age At The Time Of His Death
At the time of his death, Jan Josephs was 74 years old. He was born on 5 September 1947.
Jan Josephs Job
Jan Josephs graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1969. After graduation, he decided to join his father and brother in the family business Joseph’s Brothers Embroidery. Jan spent 40 years in the garment industry, 38 of those years with Joseph’s Brothers Embroidery.
How Much Was Jan Josephs Net Worth?
At the time of his passing, Jan Josephs’s net worth was above $1 million.
Jan Josephs Family
Jan Josephs was born to his parents Bernard and Miriam Josephs (nee Levine). His father died on 20 April 2006. Bernard had four brothers (Jan’s uncles); Ruth Segal, Bill Josephs, Harry Josephs, and the late George Josephs.
As for Jan, he has a brother named Burton Josephs who is married to his wife Marlene. Burton is a 1974 graduate of Northeastern University.
Where Was Jan Josephs From?
Jan Josephs was born in Brooklyn, NY. His family moved to New Milford, New Jersey in 1957. At the time of his death, he was living in Tenafly, New Jersey.
Was Jan Josephs On Instagram?
No, Jan Josephs was not on Instagram. However, he was on Facebook (@jan.josephs.3).
Did Jan Josephs Appear On RHONJ?
Yes, Jan Josephs previously appeared on RHONJ.