Josephine Formoso LoIacono, 98, of Greenfield, Mass., formerly of Montclair, died on May 14, 2019 with her son at her side, at Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds, Mass.
Mrs. LoIacono was born on Feb. 12, 1921 in Havana, Cuba, daughter of Manuel Formoso Diaz and Josefina Merens Montes. Her father was an émigré from Spain.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree at age 19, and from dental school at age 24. She became director of preventive dentistry at the Ministerio of Public Health in Havana. She was also a participating dentist at the Children’s Clinic at Vedado, Havana and acted as coordinator and director of dental services for the public schools of Havana.
She came to the U.S. in 1947 to continue her studies at the Eastman Dental Dispensary, in Rochester, N.Y. She later became director of the Clinic at Fairleigh Dickinson College in Rutherford, NJ and also a New York Licensed Dental Hygienist. To achieve full status as a dentist in the U.S., it was necessary for her to resume her education. She attended and graduated from New York University Dental School and was one of the few female dental students of the Class of 1950.
Mrs. LoIacono eventually established a dental practice in Manhattan which she maintained for nearly 30 years. She married Anthony S. LoIacono in 1947 and had two children, Rosita and Peter. They lived briefly in Rutherford and Orange, eventually establishing residence in Cedar Grove and later, Montclair. Mrs. LoIacono and her husband were active in local cultural organizations, particularly the Cosmopolitan Club of Montclair.
After the sale of the practice in the late 1970s she was hired as an instructor in oral diagnosis at New York University Dental Center. She also became a lecturer in nutrition at various continuing education programs and finally, a Spanish/English translator for the courts. She continued working into her 70s. Mrs. LoIacono was recognized in the 1970-71 and 1972-73 editions of Who’s Who of American Women.
Mrs. LoIacono relocated to Florida in 2005 for several years before moving to Northampton, Mass., near her son, eventually relocating to Greenfield, Mass. She was part of the GVNA Adult Day Health program in Greenfield, which she referred to as “the seniors.” A decline in her mobility and care needs in 2018, however, precipitated admission to Linda Manor Extended Care Facility.
She was predeceased by her husband, parents and siblings.
Mrs. LoIacono is survived by her son Peter, of Greenfield, Mass., daughter Rosita Fox of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Also many friends in Montclair and Greenfield.
Williamsburg Funeral Home in Haydenville, Mass. assisted with funeral arrangements. A celebration of her life will be held this summer.