Josephine G. Clemente
December 24, 1941 – January 9, 2019
Josephine G. Clemente , 77, of West Islip, Long Island, New York on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Mrs. Clemente was born in the Bronx, New York to Louis and Ann DelCasale, She grew up in Rye, New York, only five houses away from Rye Beach and Playland Park. She had a love for the water and spent many summer days swimming in the waters off Rye Beach and spent many nights in Playland Park.
Josephine was the loving wife, of fifty-seven years, to Gino Clemente, who survives her. Gino worked in and retired from the Carpenters Union in Manhattan. Gino and Josephine met at a Catholic Church Dance Hall in the Bronx. Gino, who is deaf from birth, managed to dance his way into Josephine’s heart, never missing a beat. They were married nine months later and began their life together. After a few years they purchased their home in West Islip, New York and never left.
Their first born son, Gino Clemente of New York, a Project Manager, and his wife Elaine raised four children; a set of triplets, who are now twenty-three years old, Gina, a student at FIT, the Fashion Institute of Technology, who is married to Ian Sullivan, Dylan, a Civil Engineer, married to his wife Mikaela, Daniel, a Corporate Accountant and Nicole 22, a Messiah College Student.
Their second born son, Mario Clemente of Georgia, an Investment Banker, and his wife Sheryl have two children, Ashley, 16, a High School student and Kayla, 13, a Middle School student.
Josephine is additionally survived by her sister, MaryAnne Beldring, of Colorado, who has three children, Kenny, Donna and Debbie.
Mrs. Clemente, and her husband Gino, developed an immediate hobby of playing cards. They met and enjoyed a lifetime hobby playing cards with many couples they met through the deaf community card organization. These friends became family with whom Josephine and Gino enjoyed traveling to such places as Italy, Greece, Thailand, Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas and so many more destinations. Josephine‘s eyes saw many wonderful sites, both in and out of the USA.
For years, Josephine participated in the Cornell Cooperative Extension where she busied herself creating the crafts seen throughout every room in her home.
But first and foremost, Josephine loved being a “Nonna” to her six grandchildren. She would babysit and take her young grandchildren to the park any chance she could. They were her joy and she shared this love with her husband Gino as they would have to tag-team together to keep up with their grandchildren.
Josephine had an even greater love…she loved Jesus Christ. Although she struggled in sharing this love outwardly, it was obvious she had a deep love for Him. With every card she wrote, she would write an encouraging scripture that she came across from her devotions. This was her witness of God in her life.
Her love and generosity to her family will be missed along with her “Out of This World” lasagna and sauce. This women could cook!
“We would like to thank all her family, friends and neighbors who constantly called or looked in on Josephine and dad during her sickness. Being by her side and supporting them has been a blessing to our family on so many levels”.
Family and friends may visit on Friday, January 18, 2019, 4 – 8:00pm, at Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Homes, 255 Higbie Lane, West Islip, New York 11795.
Family and friends are asked to gather at the funeral home on Saturday morning, January 19, 2018, at 8:30am for final visitation and prayer before Mrs. Clemente's funeral procession departs, at 9:30am, for The Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven, Hawthorne, New York where committal prayers and interment will take place.
For further information, or help with directions, kindly call the funeral home at (631) 669-8338. www.boyd-spencerfuneralhome.com.
- Visitation Friday, January 18, 2019
- Committal Prayers and Interment Saturday, January 19, 2019
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