September 6, 1928 – January 5, 2016
Josephine “JoJo” Pendino Relyea, 87, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, entered into rest on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh.
Josephine was born in New York City on September 6, 1928, the third child of Domenico and Lucy (Piazza) Pendino. In 1929, her family moved to Marlboro, New York. Josephine was a 1946 graduate of Marlboro High School.
While working at IBM in Poughkeepsie, Josephine met her husband, John “Jack” Relyea. They were married on July 11, 1959 and bought a two-family home in Newburgh’s Washington Heights. Josephine brought her parents to Newburgh to live with them. Her mother died suddenly at the age of 59 in 1962 and she cared for her father until his death at the age of 94 in 1987.
Josephine leaves behind her husband; two daughters: Jacqueline and Lucy, and her loyal Sheltie Tripp. Her son, John predeceased her on December 19, 2015.
Josephine was a devoted mother who was very involved in many of her children’s activities. She was a Girl Scout Summer Camp Troop Leader and Vice President of the Sacred Heart PTO. Josephine also ran the Satellite Lunch Program at Washington Street School in Newburgh. After moving back to Marlboro in 1984, Josephine became a member of the Marlboro-Milton Senior Citizens. Josephine was a member of Sacred Heart Parish for 56 years.
Josephine exemplified the role of a mother. She truly dedicated her life to her family. Josephine left this world because of a heart that was broken from watching her son succumb to a genetic spinal condition over the last six months of his life. Her warmth, sincerity, generosity and unconditional love will be sorely missed by those who were fortunate enough to ever have JoJo, Mommy, or Aunt Jo in their lives.
Josephine was predeceased by her brother, Anthony Pendino; sister, Theresa Crisci and brother-in-law, William Relyea.
Survivors include her brother, Alfred (Mary) Pendino; sisters-in law: Mary (Joseph) Raciti, Susan Relyea and Barbara Relyea; nieces and nephews, including her first-born niece, Lucia Manna.
Memorial donations in honor of Josephine (and her beloved pets Goldie and G.T.) may be made to the Flannery Animal Hospital Amos Fund, 789 Little Britain Road, New Windsor, NY 12553, 845-565-7387.
Funeral services will be private at Brooks Funeral Home prior to a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.
Arrangements are under the care of Brooks Funeral Home. To send a personal condolence, please visit Brooksfh.com or call 845-561-8300.