Josephine “Jo” LaFroscia, 89, passed away peacefully at her home in Smithtown on December 25, 2020.
She was born in Brooklyn, NY to Gaspare and Josephine Curella.
She was married to Ernest “Ernie” LaFroscia for 55 years and has two
daughters; Donna and Diane.
Prior to becoming an elementary school teacher, Jo began her career
as nutritional educator to nurses at St Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn.
She went on to dedicate her career to the education of children,
making it her mission to understand and improve the lives of others.
She obtained her Masters in Education from Columbia University and
continued on as a dedicated educator for the Commack School District
for over 30 years. Greenfields and Rolling Hills Elementary School
classrooms were the starting place for so many children .
Jo loved to travel, enjoyed attending shows on Broadway and seeing
her favorite performers live. Johnny Mathis was her favorite of all.
She was an avid Mets fan! She adored her grandchildren and was very
proud of all their accomplishments.
She was predeceased by her husband Ernie, who passed in 2011. She
is survived by her daughters Donna and Diane ( John) and by her
grandchildren Nick, Sara Jo, Matthew and Paul, who loved their
Grammie so very much.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation to
Shriners Children’s Hospital be made in her name.
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