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212 E. Fourth Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone: (607) 535-4331
Josephine Wigsten

Josephine Wigsten

Tuesday, November 18th, 1924 - Sunday, January 12th, 2020
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Josephine L. Wigsten

Age 95, formerly of Watkins Glen and Horseheads, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Josephine was born November 18, 1924 in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of the late John and Laura (Woodward) Lyman. She graduated from Elmira College in 1946 and married her husband Paul B. Wigsten, who predeceased her in 1993. She and her husband Paul operated Wigsten Farms in Horseheads until 1969. She retired from Conwell Oil Company in Elmira Heights. Josephine was a past-president of the Horseheads Fire Dept. Women’s Auxiliary.

She is survived by five children and their spouses, Paul Bradley (Bonnie) Wigsten of Lackawaxen, PA, Bonnie (Edward) Wijkowski of Breesport, NY, David (Nancy) Wigsten of Cape Coral, FL, Jere (Kathy) Wigsten of Cayuta, NY, and Elizabeth (Jeffery) Weeks of Sterling, AK; and grandmother to Tracy Mirrione, Kelly Pereira, Cara Wijkowski, Michael Wijkowski, Elise Kolanach, Sarah Van Tassel, Nicholas Kolanach, Bradley Wigsten, and Camryn Wigsten; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Catherine (Henry) Hughes, Laura (John) Lyman.

Josephine was also predeceased by her brother and sisters, John Lyman, Mary Ellen Eaton, and Elizabeth Lyman. And, long-time family friend Albert Franzese.

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen.

The family will receive family and friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday (Jan. 17th) from 4pm-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen on Saturday (Jan. 18th) at 10:00am.

Memorial donations may be made to charity of one’s choice. The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to the staff at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility for their compassion and care of their mother in her final days.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home
    212 E. Fourth Street
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church
    905 N. Decatur St.
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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    The Reverend Steve Lape
  • Interment

    Holy Cross Cemetery
    3700 State Route 14
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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Michelle Johns

Posted at 06:17pm
We are very sad to hear of Josie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Very Sincerely,
Michelle & Betty Matwiejow

Ted Sharack

Posted at 05:31am
Jere and Family: It's been a long, long time, but I fondly remember Jose from the old Kirby days, when she capably held down the fort with wit and wisdom. I'm truly sorry for your loss but happy to know that Jose lived such a long and fruitful life.

Jere Posted at 03:18pm

Thanks Ted, Those were good times.

James and Sherri Lyman

Posted at 05:15pm
Our prayers are with the entire family.
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The Chase Family - Kristen, Kevin, Gavin & Avery

Posted at 11:58am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Ann Sheehan

Posted at 08:30am
Dear Bonnie and family,
So sorry to hear about your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mom's are special and I'm sure you have wonderful memories.
Take care,
Jack & Ann Sheehan

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