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Official Obituary of

Joseph R. Cosentino

February 15, 2024

Joseph Cosentino Obituary

Joseph R. Cosentino, known affectionately as Joe to his friends and family, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at the age of 94.

 

Born on March 4, 1929, in the rustic hills of Sant’Andrea, Italy, Joe was the spirited third son of six children to Bruno and Teresa Cosentino. In the summer of 1937, at eight years old, Joe immigrated to America aboard the SS Roma from Naples with his mother and three brothers to join his father, who awaited them in Brooklyn. This trip marked the beginning of a life in America that would become a testament to resilience, love, and the enduring power of reason.

 

Joe’s early years in Brooklyn were full of excitement and new beginnings. His love for opera, art, chocolate, movies, education, and mischief, found new expression in the rich mosaic of New York City. He would often recount his first encounters with the grandeur of the Metropolitan Opera, where the soaring arias of Puccini and Verdi, stirred in him a lifelong passion that he joyously shared with all who knew him. 

 

In 1946, with a sense of duty that matched his sense of adventure, Joe enlisted in the Navy before he finished high school. After naval service, he completed high school and HVAC coursework on the GI Bill and found work as a naval architect with Gibbs & Cox, builders of vessels that symbolized the nation’s post-war aspirations. In March 1950, at a Knights of Columbus dance, Joe met Theresa (Terry) Pichichero, love of his life. Joe and Terry married on April 19, 1952. Together, they had three wonderful daughters–Joanne, Donna, and Carol–imbuing them with love, wisdom, and the kind of practical knowledge that only parents like Joe and Terry can impart. 

 

In 1960, Joe and Terry had a house built in Hawthorne, NY, a rural hamlet at the time. They enjoyed a lively home life with their three daughters in the company of many great friends and relatives. Joe’s career flourished as he rose through the ranks as an engineer at M.W. Kellogg Company, and he traveled for the company to offices and plants in England, Europe, and South America. All the while, Terry and Joe resided in Hawthorne, as their children went to school, married, and had families of their own. Joe enjoyed family, food–fruit, nuts, and chocolate were always close at hand–painting, reading, writing, listening, music, and talking. A believer in moderation with style and a great sense of humor, Joe loved to share tomatoes grown in his garden, convey lessons from a book, enjoy a cigar on the porch, indulge in pizza and pasta, and walk the block after dinner.

 

Retirement in 1989 did not dim Joe’s curiosity or drive. Joe was an avid reader and a voracious learner interested in history, science, democracy, philosophy, and American politics and culture. Joe’s love for chess and cards was matched only by his acumen in the game of life. He was always thinking several moves ahead, whether in a spirited game of pinochle with his grandchildren or planning for his family’s future. His ability to navigate challenges with grace, humanity, and foresight was a source of strength and guidance for those around him. At the center of Joe’s world was his family. A patriarch in the truest sense, his life was a continuous outpouring of wisdom, dedication, and charm. Yellow legal writing pads and notecards with snippets of Joe’s wisdom, penned in his all-caps handwriting were iconic in the home. Letters from Joe were filled with tenderness, pride, and appreciation for life and family. In his final years, Joe showed his tremendous love and selflessness, caring for Terry to the end, learning to cook and manage household chores well into his 80s. Never one to complain, Joe believed “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

 

Joe is survived by his three daughters and two sons-in-law, Joanne O’Rourke, Donna Goselin (Rich), and Carol Adduci (Leo), his four loving grandchildren, Emily and Tom O’Rourke (Michaela), Matt and Gillian Adduci, his sisters Victoria Katibah and Antoniette Dimino (Vincent), many nieces and nephews, and great-granddaughter Riley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa “Terry” (Pichichero), his parents, Bruno and Teresa (Nestico); his brothers and sister-in-law, Andrew and Bianca, Frank and Theresa, Lou and Marge, brother-in-law, George Katibah, and son-in-law Kenneth O’Rourke.

 

As his family mourns the loss of Joe, their beloved Dad and Pop, it also celebrates the unforgettable mark he has left on everyone he knew and the great pride they take in having been loved by him. Joe’s life was rich in experiences, love, and enduring values of reason, reflection, humor, love, and generosity. He will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests donations be made to Woofgang & Co https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E359545&id=15, a vocational nonprofit for adults with disabilities.

 

Family and friends are invited to Pleasant Manor Funeral Home, Inc. 575 Columbus Avenue - Thornwood, New York 10594 on Friday, February 23, 2024 from 11:00 - 1:00 PM for visitation.  Joseph will be laid to rest alongside his beloved wife Theresa L. Cosentino (predeceased on April 30, 2021) in their family plot at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York on Friday at 1:30 PM. 

 

 

 

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Visitation
Friday
February 23, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Pleasant Manor Funeral Home, Inc.
575 Columbus Avenue
Thornwood, NY 10594

Interment
Friday
February 23, 2024

1:30 PM
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
10 West Stevens Ave.
Hawthorne, NY 10532

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