Obituary

 

Jose B. Tumaneng

December 29, 1948 - May 5, 2017

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BIOGRAPHY

TUMANENG

José “Joey” Benigno was born in 1948 in Jones, a small village in the Philippines, and passed away close to his home in Dumont, NJ on May 5, 2017.  Joey was the loving husband of Josephine for 40 years; the proud father of Marvin and Felicia; the nurturing brother of Leonor, Lynden, and Evelyn; and Tito Joe (Uncle Joe in Tagalog) to the countless friends he considered his own family.

Through his accomplished professional career, his charismatic and jovial nature brightened everyone with whom he worked. In 1967, Joey joined the La Salette Seminary to study theology and explore the possibility of a life in the priesthood.  He decided to take a hiatus, and started as a professor at The Philippine Women’s University and The Lyceum of the Philippines. In his French and Philosophy class, he fell in love with one of his students, Josephine. After they were married in 1977, they left the Philippines to create a new life in New York City.  Disenchanted by the size of his Queens apartment, he shifted his career to finance, where he spent 20+ years working for Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers, American Express, and Dresdner Bank.  After leaving the industry, he discovered his true calling as a caretaker at a local nursing home. As the Director of Life Enrichment at Windsor Garden Care Center, he ran health and wellness programs for his senior patients and truly loved his work.

In his personal life, Joey was an active member of the Catholic church, an excellent chef, and a passionate ballroom dancer. We will remember his contagious laugh, warmth, and love for family, friends, colleagues, and most importantly, life.

Family will receive friends on Friday, May 12th from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at the Frech-McKnight Funeral Home, 161 Washington Ave. in Dumont, NJ. His funeral will be on Saturday, all to gather at 11AM for the mass celebrated by his close friend, Father Fred Bugarin, at Saint Mary’s Church, 280 Washington Ave in Dumont. Interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.  As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions in his name can be made to Maryknoll Sisters at www.maryknollsisters.org.