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Obituary - Josephine Longo Vescera

Josephine Longo Vescera

Date of Passing: January 10th, 2021

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Josephine Longo Vescera, of Utica, died on Sunday, January 10, 2021. Josephine was born on July 23, 1923, in Utica, to Frank and Antonina "Lena" Giglio Longo. She graduated from Proctor High School and Utica College with a B.A. in Social Studies. She also studied at Rider College in Trenton, NJ; SUNY at Cortland and Potsdam; Syracuse University and Columbia University. Mrs. Vescera received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur, India and traveled extensively throughout that country.

Mrs. Vescera was a schoolteacher and taught at Poland Central School and the Utica City School District, from which she retired. Josephine was a communicant of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish. At one time, she was married to Ignatius Vescera.

Her affiliations have included: Utica Teachers' Association, NYS United Teachers, Utica Area Retired Teachers' Association, Vietnam Educational Council, American Association of University Women, Neighborhood Action Group, YWCA, National Organization for Women, Animal Protection League, Humane Society, Friends of the Utica Public Library and Senior Day Center.

Josephine is survived by two sons, Francis X. Vescera and his wife Gloria and Christopher C. Vescera and his partner Linda Iannone. Also her beloved grandchildren, Kristen of Richmond, VA, Matthew and his wife Shannon and their daughter Camilla of Frankfort, Rebecca of Austin, TX, Benjamin and his wife Jillian of NYC and James and his daughters Isabella and Madaline of Watertown.

She was predeceased by her beloved brother, Mariano Longo, who was affectionately called "Happy"; and sisters, Anna Lebert, Mary Inserra and Santina Piazza.

In keeping with the family's wishes, services will be held privately.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staffs at St. Elizabeth's and St. Luke's Hospitals for their care and compassion during Josephine's illness.

Donations in memory of Josephine may be made to: The Neighborhood Center, Inc., Utica, NY; Utica College, Utica, NY or the Stevens Swan Humane Society, Utica, NY.

Arrangements are with Mark C. Bentz Funeral service, Inc., New Hartford, NY. To express sympathy, please visit


My sincere condolences to your family!
Emil Paparella

Dear Frank & Chris,

My sincere condolences to you and your families on the loss of your mom. May she rest in peace.
Renee Leininger

Please accept my sympathy for the loss of a beautiful lady. She was s a happy and fun person to be with, especially sitting next to her @ a holiday table.
Linda Flihan

Mrs. Viscera was probably my most favorite teacher. She taught her 4th grade students to respect ourselves and each other. She was one in a million! Condolences to hear family.
Judy Ancone Collins

To the many family members of Josephine,
So sorry to hear about Josie's passing. She was a woman ahead of her time. Over the years, she has given me solid advice that gave me strength to deal with many challenges. Always seeking to improve something or someone. She will be remembered fondly. Wishing all of you peace during this sad time in our lives.
Lisa Bates

Frank and Chris deepest sympathy for your loss
Salvatore Perritano

Fran and family- So sorry for your loss. May the Lord be with you in your grief.-God bless- Bill Britt
Bill Britt

Very sorry for the loss of your precious mom. She was my teacher at Conkling School. She made us stand on our desk and recite poems, multiplication drills first thing every day. Her smile, yet tough ways made us love her.
One of life's best teachers that you never forget.
Georgia Munn

Frank and Chris I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing! She taught me at PHS. May she rest in peace.
Leonarda Priore

So sorry for the loss of your mother, stay strong.
angela walker