Josephine T. Bongiovanni

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Josephine T. Bongiovanni

1932 - 2018

Josephine T. Bongiovanni Josephine T. (Scibetta) Bongiovanni, 86, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on November 3, 2018 at Schofield Residence Nursing Facility in Kenmore, NY. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, on June 9, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Dominick and Rose (Ullo) Scibetta.
Josephine, who was fondly known as Honey, was raised and educated in Niagara Falls, graduating from Niagara Falls High School in 1950. She married Frank R. Bongiovanni on June 28, 1952 at St. Joseph Church, where she used to sing in the choir. Mr. Bongiovanni passed away on June 14, 2005.
Josephine was employed as the Principal Library Clerk for Niagara Falls Public Library for over 22 years. Her passion was serving as President of the United Steel Workers of America #15071 for more than 15 years, and she had the honor of becoming the first woman to hold this position. She also served as Chairperson of United Way of Niagara and its agencies, as well as for the Sertoma Club with her husband.
She was the recipient of many awards, including The Service to Mankind Award from the Sertoma Club and the Anthony L. Bax Humanitarian Award from the United Way. She was also appointed Honorary Mayor of Niagara Falls in 1992 by Mayor Jacob Palillo. Josephine was active in many other clubs and organizations, including the Cataract Lodge #240, The Senior Travel Club, The Niagara County Labor Management and Niagara Orleans Labor Councils. Josephine was selected as an honored member and was published in the Oxford's Who's Who of Elite Registry of Business Professionals.
In her spare time, Josephine enjoyed planting trees and flowers. She was very fond of her log home that she built with her husband and they considered it their dream home. Josephine also loved to ballroom dance with her husband, Frank. Most of all, her family was very important to her, and she cherished her time with them.
Josephine is survived by her children, Carmen F. (Kathleen) Bongiovanni, Rose (Norton) Douglas, Mary Jo (Frederick) Sutter and Dominica (Robert) Prosser; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Vinny (Leo) Marcantonio; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Paul (late Doris) Scibetta, and Joseph (late Michael Delahunt) Scibetta.
There will be no prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Noon on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 in Holy Family Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Ave,, Niagara Falls, NY, 14301. Entombment in St. Joseph Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL. Visit for online condolences.
Published on November 6, 2018
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Pat Spatorico
Nov 13, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of the lose of your mom. I always loved your mom. She was such a great lady. My prayers are with you and the entire family. May she rest in peace.
Janet Gallo Godzisz
Nov 10, 2018
So sorry to hear of Jo's passing. She was a beautiful person, co-worker and also, a forgiving person. Had many great times working with her at the NFPL. She was an inspiration to anyone who knew her. We had many good times together that I will always remember. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family in this most difficult time. Her struggle and pain is over, may she rest in peace. Good bless.
Nov 10, 2018
Dear Bongiovanni family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I send my heartfelt condolences to the family. Wow what a determined and hard working woman Josephine proved to be as she lived on this earth. Josephine will be missed. Please know that God understands your pain and he can help comfort you in this difficult time. Here are comforting words and promises from God found in the Bible at Psalm 34:14; Isaiah 25:8; John 5:28,29
Eric Landsman
Nov 10, 2018
Mary Jo, may you find piece knowing that she is no longer suffering and that you were with her till the end. Sounds like she was a wonderful person.
Ron Battista
Nov 09, 2018
my sincere sympathy to Honey's family.
Pauline Todaro
Nov 08, 2018
Dear Rose, Mary jo, Dominica & Carmen...this is Pauline’s daughter Vanessa. We are so deeply sorry for the loss of “comare” Honey!! Such a beautiful & loving lady who’s heart was as big as the heavens!! I remember visiting with my parents & your mom & dad we’re all excited to show us their chinchillas! Wonderful memories is what I remember & my Mom is extremely saddened & is praying for ALL of you🙏🙏. May comare Honey Rest In Peace....she will be missed by many but a BEAUTIFUL GUARDIAN ANGEL FOR ALL!
Carol Banks Brewer
Nov 08, 2018
I worked with Josephine a lot of years at the NFP Library.
She was a wonderful and beautiful caring person I had ever met. My sympathy and warmest thoughts are with you now. God bless
Joyce Pallaci Gaglione
Nov 07, 2018
I remember working with Josephine at the NF Public Library. I always admired her professionalism and her natural way of caring for others.
Even though it’s been many years since I moved away from the WNY area, I believe crossing paths with Josephine during my young years was a blessing. Sending my thoughts and prayers.
Mike Kozlowski
Nov 07, 2018
Carmen, Rose, Mary Jo and Dominica, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I am sure that your mom is in a better place. She is loved by a lot of people.
Lena and Mike Dellinger
Nov 07, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of loss
Chuck Szpylman
Nov 07, 2018
Sorry to hear your mom has passed. I knew she was having health issues for quite awhile. She was a fighter! My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Gary and Elaine Prosser
Nov 07, 2018
Dominica and Bob and Family
So sorry for your loss, Mom-Grandmother. She always had a beautiful smile and welcoming heart whenever we were in her presence. Praying for you and your family during this time
cousin Paul & Peggy Scibetta
Nov 07, 2018
May God bless this beautiful lady....we will miss her very much.
Sharon Woodley
Nov 07, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss Mary Jo. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time😘
Albert Parker
Nov 06, 2018
I knew Josephine from the United Board. She was a wonderful Lady and I am sure she will be missed by all that knew and loved her. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends.
Kathy and Jim Abbondanza
Nov 06, 2018
Dear Rosie and family,
Condolences and deepest sympathy is felt for all who hold Josephine's love in their hearts and now in their memories. RIP - Heaven has gained another angel.
Kathy and Jim
Pat and Patty Gibbons
Nov 06, 2018
So sorry to hear of Josephines passing. She was a very kind woman and was always there if you ever needed anything.
Kelly Easterly
Nov 06, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss Little Gram was such a wonderful and kind woman. She was so good to me and my family, She will truly be missed. My prayers go out to the whole family.