Josephine Benardo

Josephine R. Benardo (Mele)

Sunday, May 1st, 1921 - Sunday, June 7th, 2020
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WATERFORD Josephine R. Benardo, 99, of 4th St. died Sunday June 7, 2020at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born and educated in Mechanicville she is the daughter of the late Amodeo and Esther DePaul Mele.

Jo had worked at the General Electric Co. in Schenectady in her earlier years and in her later years as a dress inspector at Ursula of Switzerland. She was a member of the Waterford Senior Citizens and a former member of the Junior Dante Club in Mechanicville. She enjoyed socializing, walking, Racino and Bingo, but, her greatest enjoyment was time spent with her family and friends.

She is the widow of Louis M. Benardo who died in 2007 and is the loving mother of Catherine A. Benardo and Louis C. Benardo of Waterford and the late Mary Jo Maloney. She is the mother in law of Richard Maloney of Waterford and the proud grandmother of Nathan Maloney (Katie) and Norah Funiciello (Noah) and great grandmother of Mae Funiciello and Grace and Charlie Maloney. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waterford.

Relatives and friends may visit at the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte.32), Waterford on Thursday from 10 – 11:30 am. Please note that masks are required and social distancing will be observed.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Ln, Latham, NY 12110.

Special thanks are extended to all of Josephine’s caregivers, especially Tena, Mary, Gina and Amy.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 11th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:30am
    Thursday, June 11th, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
    Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home
    133 Broad Street (Rte. 32)
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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  • Interment

    Saint Mary's Cemetery
    Middletown Road
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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Funeral services are private


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Tena Cerroni

Posted at 07:59pm
Cate and Louis, you've become such a big part of my life. I feel so truly blessed to have had Josephine in my life for the past 3 years. We had many happy times singing to each other and giggling that we could never be in a band, but we sure did belt out "Always" by Ella Fitzgerald. Until we meet again, my Josie, sing along with me, I'll hear you.

Charelle Mac Masters

Posted at 07:52am
I taught with her Josie's daughter Cate, for many years, and have cherished our friendship. Josie always greeted me with a smile and a warm welcome whenever I came to visit, even in her declining years. I will have fond memories of sitting around the kitchen table chatting with family, and friends who came by to visit. I know she will be greatly missed. My heart and prayers go out to the family at this time of loss. Much Love, Charelle Mac Masters

Michael Shudt Posted at 04:18pm

Condolences to the family, I went to high school with cathy her daughter. Prayers for Cathy and the family.

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