She was born Josephine Sconzo on November 15, 1927 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Anthony and Eleanor Sconzo. She was raised in Brooklyn with her older brother Anthony “Buddy” Sconzo and in 1946 she graduated from the Central High School of Needle Trades in Manhattan. Josephine would go on to work as a sales clerk at B. Altman and Company.
She married Thomas Pellegrino on August 30, 1947. Josephine worked part time as a sales clerk at Abraham & Strauss (later Macy’s) in Downtown Brooklyn, but her passion was raising her four children. Despite losing her own mother at a very young age Josephine excelled at being a mother. She served for several years as the President of the PTA at P.S. 105, where each of her children attended. Josephine later excelled at being a grandmother too!
Josephine and Thomas moved to Staten Island in the early 2000’s to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Josephine and Thomas celebrated 60-years of marriage before Thomas passed away in June of 2008. Josephine remained active in her later years spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and by going on weekly outings with her brother in law Jimmy and sister in laws Marie and Louise.
On Thursday, April 18th, Josephine passed away peacefully and as she wished, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She leaves behind her son Frank and his wife Jackie, her son Anthony and his wife Donna, her daughter Vicki and her husband Bill, and her son Jimmy, as well as her grandchildren Tommy, Billy and his wife Meghan, Eric, Joelle and her husband Joseph, Teresa, Samantha and her husband Peter, Alexandra and her husband Collin, Amy, Matt, and Krista, and her great grandchildren Joseph, Jayden, Paisley, JJ, and Dom. Her great grandson William is due in a few weeks. Josephine also leaves behind a legacy as a loving and caring woman to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.
Christian Burial Wednesday April 24th 10:30 am St. Thomas St. Joseph RC Church Amboy Road.
Visiting at Matthew Funeral Home Monday 7 to 9 pm and Tuesday 2 – 4 and 7 -9 pm
Internment Resurrection Cemetery