Josephine R. Greco

July 26, 1922April 10, 2018

Josephine R. Greco, 95 Born July 26, 1922 Lifelong Staten Islander

Josephine R. Greco, former School Secretary for the New York City Board of Education, passed away peacefully at home on April 10, 2018. Born Josephine R. Craparotta in West New York, NJ, she was brought as an infant to Grasmere in 1922. She was raised on Parkinson Avenue in the home built by her family, and attended New Dorp HS, graduating in 1939. She then attended Drakes Business School in Manhattan, and later in life she attended Staten Island Community College. Married in 1947 to Joseph P. Greco, she had three children.

She started her working career at Clarkson and Ford in Manhattan where she worked as a secretary for eight years. She then worked at the Staten Island Garden Center on Hylan Blvd as a bookkeeper, followed by becoming a School Secretary in 1965. She worked on Staten Island at P.S. 19, P.S. 44 and lastly P.S. 11 in Dongan Hills, retiring in 1979.

Mrs. Greco was a member of St. Christopher’s Parish in Grant City, and a member of St. Christopher’s Socialites, the AARP of Dongan Hills, the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, and the Ladies Guild of St. Charles Seminary. She was an avid reader and loved to dance. She had great love for her family and was a model of quiet strength and peace to them all.

Mrs. Greco was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph P. Greco in 1991. She is survived by her children, Carol Obler; Ginger Zoda (Bill); and Joseph L. Greco, her grandchildren Marvin Obler (Jan); Michele Cynowicz (Gabe); Billy Zoda; and Christine Egizi (Tom), her great grandchildren Gage; Ariel; Zachery; Quinn; and Ava, and by many loving nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, April 14, 2018

Josephine R. Greco

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April 15, 2018

Carol, Ginger and Joseph, my sincere condolence to your families for your great loss of your mother, Josephine. She lived a very gracious life. Reflection on the words of Jesus promise “For just as the Father raises the dead up and makes them alive, so the Son also makes alive”, (John 5:21) will comfort you during this difficult time. Continue to share treasured memories of your mother, and let the God of Tender Mercy continue to heal your pain.

Joe Greco

April 11, 2018

Mom's 95th!