Popular local teacher dies aged 52

A popular third-grade teacher from north Westchester, Josephine “Josie” Calvaruso, has died aged 52.

Calvaruso attended school in the Bronx and graduated from Fordham University with her bachelor’s degree in philosophy, her obituary said.

Soon after, she earned her master’s degree from Fordham in teaching.

She was a teacher for 28 years, working first in the Bronx before later moving to work in Armonk at Wampus Elementary School in the Byram Hills Central School District.

“Josie was a beloved teacher to all the students she taught,” her obituary said. “She was so loved by her colleagues and students. She definitely made the school a fun place.”

One of her favorite things was being a teacher, according to her obituary. “She had so much love for all of her students.”

Calvaruso was a devout member of the Catholic Church throughout her life. She was also a religious education teacher for many years.

She is survived by her parents, Maria and Rosario Calvaruso; her in-laws, Rose and Albert Ghelarducci; her husband, Thomas Ghelarducci.; his three children, Brianna, Nicholas and Jaden; his sister and brother-in-law, Anna and Luigi Fisco; his sister-in-law, Diane Dioguardi; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other beloved relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Byram Hills Education Foundation. To donate, write a check to Paula Arietta, a teacher from the Byram Hills District. If you prefer cash, please bring an envelope to the wake. Paula’s contact: [email protected]

A memorial visitation will be held Wednesday, July 6 at Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Directors 288 East Main St., Mt. Kisco from 4-8 p.m.

A Memorial Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, July 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church 29 Cox Avenue Armonk.

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