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Josephine (Filomena) Matarese


1920 - 2019
Josephine (Filomena) Matarese Obituary
Josephine (Filomena) Matarese

Congers - Josephine (Filomena) Matarese of Congers, NY, 99 years old, passed away on September 4, 2019. Born in Bronx, NY on May 13, 1920 to Giuseppe and Anna Matarese, she was the fourth of seven children. She moved to Congers 50 years ago with her sister Eda and parents. Josephine worked for nearly 40 years and retired from the New York State Unemployment Department where she served as secretary to the Director. Lover of Opera and all things Italian, her passions were traveling, spending time with her large extended family, cooking and eating good food.

She is survived by her sister, Elvira (Ele) Darmiento, her sister-in-law Nancy Matarese, twelve nieces and nephews and a multitude of grand and great grand nieces and nephews.

Fiercely independent, she recently remarked that she wanted to "get her car back on the road" because she wanted to go back to work. She was the best Aunt and Great Aunt, always interested in what family members were up to. Her sense of humor and fun was contagious- especially with a glass of red wine by her side.

Family will receive friends on Monday 9/09/19 from 9 to 10:30 AM at Higgins Funeral Home in New City, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, 11:15 AM, at St. Paul's Church, Congers, NY, followed by interment at Ascension Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Joe Raso Hospice Residence 415 Buena Vista Rd, New City, NY 10956

She will be missed by all who knew her.
Published in the The Journal News on Sept. 8, 2019
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