Joseph Figliomeni

January 27, 1933April 8, 2013

Joseph Dominic Figliomeni of Washingtonville, NY entered into rest peacefully on Monday, April 8, 2013 at the age of 80. He was born in Childs, PA, the son of Carlo Dominico and Rosa (Archina) Figliomeni. He is survived by Michelle, his devoted wife of forty-six years; his sons: David and his wife, Mayette and son, Wally, of Bremerton, WA, Daniel and his wife, Patricia, and their three children: Kathryn, Anna and Luke of Downers Grove, IL and his daughter, Joanne, of Hartsdale, NY. In addition, he is survived by his brothers: Pasquale and his wife, Alice, of Wilkes-Barre, PA, also Michael, Paul and John, of Childs, PA and by his sisters: Mary Shields and husband, Robert, of Springbrook Twp., PA and Roseanne Jenkins, of Jessup, PA. Joe proudly raised his family in Washingtonville, NY where he was an active member of St. Mary's Parish and its Nocturnal Adoration Society. His favorite activities included camping with his family in Lackawanna State Park, PA and playing cards with his brothers, sisters and friends who taught with him at Monroe- Woodbury Central School. Joe taught Language Arts to 7th and 8th grade students for 40 years. It is here where he met his wife, whom he married in 1966. Joe is best remembered by his friends and students for his wonderful sense of humor, optimism and enthusiasm for sports and cars. His gift for story telling was legendary. Even the most reluctant students responded to his coaxing, a talent that was recognized by his being named Teacher of the Year in 1978. For nearly thirty years he volunteered his time preparing students to compete in the annual BOCES Spelling Bee and was honored in 1997 for his efforts. Joe was an avid gardener who took great pride in raising tomatoes each summer. Because he had a lifelong interest in railroading, and the history of coal and iron mining, he was a member since 1976 of the Orange County Historical Society. He particularly liked reminiscing with his friends about his youthful coal mining adventures. Visitation will be Thursday, April 11th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the David T. Ferguson Funeral Home, 20 North St., Washingtonville, NY 10992. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 12th, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Washingtonville, NY. Cremation will follow and be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joseph's memory to the Orange County Historical Society, Box #55, Arden, NY 10910. Arrangements are under the care of Thomas A. Murray of the David T. Ferguson Funeral Home, 20 North St., Washingtonville, NY 10992, 845-496-9106; for further info or to leave condolences or a fond memory of Joseph for the family, please visit our website at



  • Mass Friday, April 12, 2013


  • Visitation 2-4 & 7-9pm, Inurnment will be held on a future date, Cremation is Private

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MaryClare Powell

September 15, 2013

This was my favorite teacher ever. He made stars.

Christa Bolen

July 7, 2013

Mr. Figliomeni was an excellent teacher. He was my 7th grade English teacher and I will never forget diagramming sentences (still, in 1992!) and his stories of the Ho-Hum Hotel in VT! I still think of him every time I pass it. There is no question he is one of the MW teachers who inspired my own career as a high school English teacher.

Mary Agnes Vetell Antonopoulos

May 7, 2013

One of my favorite teaches ever. I can remember some of the stories even today.. I would have been about 14 years old... I'm 47 now. God bless your dad and may we meet him again. Mary Agnes Vetell Antonopoulos...

Iris Ross Malen

May 5, 2013

I adored mr figliomeni. He was my favorite teacher. My condolences to his. Wife and family . Sorry I never got a chance to know all of you.

Alan & Irv Zuckerman

April 29, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss Michelle. Sincerest condolences to you and your family.

Barb Long

April 25, 2013

I have very fond memories of Mr Figliomeni and his wonderful English classes. That was back in the day when we diagrammed sentences. I don't imagine that they do that any more. My sincere sympathy to the Figliomeni family.

Barb Olmstead Long M-W class of '62

Lenny Cox

April 21, 2013

I will always remember Joe for his wonderful disposition ,he could always brighten your day with his wonderful smile.I grew up in Childs and was a close neighbor of Joe and his family.

Julie Grassi

April 20, 2013

I have many fond memories of my Uncle Joe from camping at the State Park to playing poker at every family gathering. He was a great man and I will miss him dearly.

Richard Cox

April 18, 2013

Joe and his wonderfull family were our neighbors in the small town of Childs, which is somewhat like Maybarry RFD, where everyone was everyones best friend. There were no age gaps, and the local hang out was Eddies Gas Station, where Joe would periodically have everyone in stitches going on about an incident that may have occured during the week. Everyone loved him, and he will be dearly missed. My deepest condolences to his family in New York, as well as Pa.
Richard Cox

Susan O'Shea Majewski

April 16, 2013

Like so many other former students have written, I still remember Mr. Figliomeni as one of my very favorite teachers from junior high at M-W. He had endless energy, enthusiasm and love for his students and subject. He possessed that unique talent of making each student feel as if he/she were very special to him. How wonderful to see all the photos which showed the family man behind the teacher. I can only echo another guest book entry and say that I look forward to seeing Mr. Figliomeni in heaven!