Obituary of Joseph Peone (1936 – 2021) – Seneca Falls, NY


Dr Joseph “Doc” Peone, Jr.

Sep 6, 1936 – Nov 1, 2021

SENECA FALLS – Dr. Joseph “Doc” Peone, Jr., born in Seneca Falls, NY on September 6, 1936, passed away peacefully on November 1, 2021 from an illness lasting several months. He will be sadly missed by all who are fortunate enough to call him husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph, Sr. and Susan Peone (née Ferrara), toddler son Thomas and brothers Eugene and Richard. He is survived by his beloved wife Jane BW Peone, whom he married on December 28, 1957, his brother Anthony and his four children, Sarah Johnston (née Peone), Matthew Peone, Nathan Peone (Tammi) and J. Foster Peone. He was known as “Poppy” by his six grandchildren, Alexandre Johnston (Nicole), Austin Johnston (Brianna), Nicholas Peone (Jennifer), Vincent Peone (Callie), Zaccarie Peone (Meghan) and Marissa Plaster ( Alex), and four great-grandchildren, Elia, Emmaline, Miles and Luca, with a fifth due in April. Joseph’s greatest achievement was the bond he shared with Jane, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joseph graduated from Mynderse Academy in 1954, then received BS and MS in Chemistry, Physics, and General Sciences from New York State College for Teachers in Albany. In 1965, he received his Special Program Certificate from the Graduate School of the University of Scranton, Special Study Program in Modern Physics. He then obtained his doctorate in chemistry from Clarkson College of Technology in 1971.

Joseph’s teaching career began in 1959 at Susquehanna Valley High School in Conklin, NY and spanned 58 years and spanned several institutions including SUNY, Penn State, Thomas Nelson Community College, Mynderse Academy and Wells College. He was known as “Doc” by the countless students he taught and mentored over the years, and even the few who failed Doc’s classes admired and respected him. He viewed each lesson as an opportunity to both educate and entertain and his students loved him for it. In addition to teaching, he held several administrative positions and successfully ran for public office on several occasions.

Joseph loved the Civil War and the history of WWII, was a voracious reader, a prolific writer, an excellent musician and an athlete. He loved to write and perform songs for his family and friends; he also enjoyed sailing and biking and cycled throughout the Finger Lakes region and into Virginia. He adored his grandchildren and always supported their unique efforts and was available for a dose of Poppy’s wisdom when needed. He was their biggest fan at every event they attended.

The family thank the Seneca Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center for the compassionate care provided over the past few months to Joseph and his childhood friend, John Scialdone. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Please consider a donation in honor of “Doc” to the Finger Lakes Health Foundation c / o Aubrey DeMillo, 196 North St., Geneva, NY 14456.

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Posted by The Citizen on November 7, 2021.


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