Joseph A. Mennonna, Sr.

In Memoriam

We mourn the loss of our friends, neighbors and relatives who have passed. Our memories of life at the Lake are entertwined with our memories of those who shared their lives with us here.

Joseph A. Mennonna, Sr.

10 October 1934 – 15 November 2020

Joseph A. Mennonna of Wurtsboro, a retired pharmaceutical chemist and longtime resident of Yankee Lake, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2020 at the Garnet Health Medical Center in Middletown. He was 86.

The son of the late Vincent “Jim” Mennonna and Mary Nardiello Mennonna, he was born October 10, 1934 in North Tarrytown.

Joe enjoyed several hobbies. He learned piano at a young age and performed as a pianist in various wedding and dance bands starting in his teens until 1976. He was an avid jazz enthusiast, in particular the cool and bebop eras from the 1940s until the 1960s, and had the opportunity to hear many of these artists in person at the Birdland Club in New York City during the 1950s while in college at Columbia University. Joe also enjoyed building model airplanes since childhood as well as restoring and repairing classic automobiles, such as the Plymouth and Dodge of the 1940s, Triumph cars of the 1950s, and the Volvo sport model “1800” which came out in the mid-1960s. He also served our country in the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years: Ede Fykerud Mennonna, at Yankee Lake; their children: Joseph A. Mennonna, Jr. and his wife Lucyane Bouchardet of Wurtsboro; James E. Mennonna and his wife Megan of Edgewater, FL; Jane Ede Maselli and her husband Matthew of Stratford, CT; John A. Mennonna and his wife Elisa of White Plains; and three grandchildren: Kelly Smith, John A. Mennonna Jr., and Carlo Maselli. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Andrew.

Visitation will be on Thursday, November 19 from 12 to 2 PM at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro with a funeral service starting at 2 PM. Burial will follow at the Sylvan Cemetery, Route 209 in Wurtsboro. Due to the current health crisis, social distancing guidelines must be met. A limited number of people at one time will be allowed in the funeral home and face masks are required.

Memorial contributions can be made to any charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro. For additional information or to send an online condolence, please visit


Joe Mennonna

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, November 19, 2020
VanInwegen Kenny, Inc Funeral Home
111 Sullivan Street
Wurtsboro, New York

Funeral Service

2:00 PM
Thursday, November 19, 2020
VanInwegen Kenny, Inc Funeral Home
111 Sullivan Street
Wurtsboro, New York

Final Resting Place

Sylvan Cemetery
50 Kingston Avenue
Wurtsboro, New York

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