Jospehine Lowell, 92, a retired employe of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and a lifelong resident of the Washington area, died Sunday at the Manor Care nursing home in Largo. She had cancer.

Mrs. Lowell was born in Washington and graduated from Immaculate Conception High School. She began her career at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1908 and remained there until 1948. At the time of her retirement, she was a supervisor for the counting of paper used for money.

She then became the resident manager of the Langley Park Apartments in Hyattsville. She stayed there until her second retirement in 1958.

Mrs. Lowell lived in Silver Spring after leaving the Langley Park Apartments. In 1976, she moved to Sunderland, Md., to live with a son, James W. Lowell. She had been at the Manor Care facility since March 1979.

For several years during her career at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Mrs. Lowell operated a boarding house in Washington. During her years in Silver Spring, she was a member of the parish of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Mrs. Lowell's marriage to James W. Lowell ended in divorce. Survivors include her son, of Sunderland.