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From Poughkeepsie Journal on December 7, 2022:

 

Joseph (Joe) Incoronato, 89, a Wappinger resident since 1962, died on December 5, 2022 at home from bone cancer. He was born in East Harlem, Manhattan on April 20, 1933 to Nicolas and Theresa (Ferri) Incoronato. Joe attended Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School and subsequently served in the US Army from 1954 until 1956 in Austria and the United States. After his discharge, he used the GI Bill to attend Fordham University night school, graduating in 1961. Later that year he accepted an administrative position with IBM's Component Division. Concluding his IBM career, he retired the company's East Fishkill facility in 1992 as manager of the Employee Communications Department. On September 1, 1956, Joe married the love of his life, Francine Rega at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Manhattan. Afterward, they relocated from Woodside, NYC to Wappinger in 1962, where he became active in local politics and eventually was elected a Wappinger Town Board Councilman for three terms. Subsequently, Joe was elected as a Trustee on the Wappingers Central School Board for 12 years during which time he consistently criticized and voted against rising school budgets. While on the Board, he was instrumental in establishing chess clubs at the James Evans Elementary and Van Wyck Middle Schools, where he mentored students in learning to play the game. Seeking to help preserve the local environment, Joe was also a past Treasurer of the Stony Kill Environmental Foundation. His involvement in public service concluded December 2019, after 10 years as a County Legislator representing the Town of Wappinger community. As an active parishioner of St. Mary, Mother of the Church parish in Fishkill, he served as head usher for the 9:45 Mass for many years. Further, Joe assisted seniors in getting on and off the Senior bus which allowed them to attend Mass on Sundays. Although Joe and Fran enjoyed several Caribbean and European cruises, one of their favorite destinations was Ocean City, MD, where he spent much time fishing off the local jetties and piers. The two also enjoyed numerous theater productions featured in Broadway, the Westchester Dinner Theater and the County Players. They also attended many Wappinger and Fishkill summer concerts to hear Big Band, Doo Wop and Motown music. Revealing his sentimental side, Joe frequently played his all-time favorite recording - "Love will keep us together" so that he and Fran could listen to it and dance together at home. Joe is survived by his loving, devoted wife and best pal Fran of 66 years and four loving, caring daughters: Lisa Kelly, Chelsea, NY; Janet (Dan) Morgan, Portland, OR; Dr. Linda Dixon, Fishkill, NY; and Annette Marvin and fiance Warren Watt, West Palm Beach, FL. Additionally he leaves behind his loving sister, Anna Incoronato, Bronx, NY, brother-in-law, Bobby (Leslie) Rega, FL, and brother-in-law, Mark Rega, CA. Other wonderful family members include his grandchildren: Christopher (Tammy) Durkin, Joshua (Sabrina) McGehee, Joey Dixon, Danielle Dixon and Faith Dziedzic and great grandchildren: 0livia, Brianna, Jasmin, Hayden and Harper. He also leaves behind his wonderful, supportive cousins and several nieces and nephews. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Joseph Incoronato to Hudson Valley Hospice at www.hvhospice.org. Joe's family would like to give a special thank you to Father Adolf, Deacon Paul Smith and Deacon Mike Decker for bringing communion and spiritual nourishment to Joe each week. Joe's family would also like to thank the VA Hospital at Castle Point in Wappingers for all the excellent care that Joe received there over the last four years. We would also like to extend a big thank you to the entire team at Hudson Valley Hospice for all the devoted and compassionate care they gave to Joe through his difficult journey, beginning with his nurse, to his daily Aide, to his social worker, to his physical therapist, to his music therapist. They are all wonderful people and really care deeply about their patients. Lastly, we want to extend a big thank you to Judith and the Daytime Aides, as well as Accent Care and the night time Aides, that worked with Joe every day and every night, keeping "Mister Joe", "Poppi" and "The Boss's", best interest at heart."