Josephine Ondarza

Josephine Ondarza

Josephine Ondarza, age 66, a longtime resident of the Bronx, passed away on February 7, 2019. She was born on August 10, 1952 in New York City to Susana and Dimas Ondarza. She worked as a Public School Teacher for the New York City Department of Education for 25 years. She found great joy in teaching young children and touched so many lives. She worked in the neighborhood in which she lived and was a huge asset to the community. Her life work was a living example of true compassion and dedication to teach future generations.

She was very crafty and sewed clothes for her daughters’ major school events and sewed costumes for their school plays. She painted and drew many works of art and her hands were rarely still. Her immediate family members were her favorite muse. She would never leave home without her red lipstick as well as her perfume and loved to collect dolls.

She is survived by her loving husband Dagoberto Figueroa, her 3 daughters; Lizzette Algarin, Cynthia Figueroa-Rivera & husband Wilfredo Rivera and Christina Figueroa-Ortiz & husband Louis Ortiz Jr., her 2 grandchildren; Lily Rose Rivera and Aria Lennox Ortiz; her 4 sisters-Nellie Hernandez, Susan Oquendo, Agnes Ondarza, Ruth Ondarza and her brother-Dimas Ondarza Jr. Plus her many nephews, nieces and other extended family members. All of whom she loved and touched so deeply.

Please join us in celebrating her life Wednesday evening February 13th, 2019 between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. & Thursday-February 14th, 2019 between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home located at 726 Morris Park Avenue Bronx, NY 10462. There will be a service held on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at 7 p.m. Interment is scheduled for Friday at Rosedale Cemetery located at 350 East Linden Avenue, Linden, NJ 07036.


  • madeline pagan Posted February 11, 2019 8:17 am

    I will miss you always my sister my friend Rip my dear Josie.

  • Elsa Ocasio Posted February 11, 2019 4:13 pm

    Algarin will truly be missed, never a day did I ever see a frown on your face. Rest In Peace my friend!

  • Joan Lovelace-Reid Posted February 11, 2019 4:48 pm

    I am eternally grateful, I had the opportunity to know Josie
    as a parent, a colleague and a cherished friend.
    I will always treasure the great memories we shared.
    Rest In Peace

  • Michelle Mason Posted February 11, 2019 7:29 pm

    Rest in Eternal Peace Ms. Algarin. You touched the lives of many. You were a beautiful person and an inspiration to many. You will be missed. May light perpetual shine upon you.

  • Iman Hameen Posted February 11, 2019 9:50 pm

    Mrs.Algarin! My buddy! Always an encouraging word. Loved popping into her classroom whenever I needed an escape from my own. Sincere condolences to her lovely family. Cherish the memories. May they bind you with strength…

  • James Jones Posted February 11, 2019 10:25 pm

    Kindest woman that I could have ever known, heart of gold and a smile that outshined the many summers we spent working together. Josie helped me grow into a more caring counselor. I will miss you

  • Jay Weitzman Posted February 11, 2019 10:49 pm

    My years at PS43 bring back happy memories of Josephine!! She always had a smile! Rest in peace!!

  • Jay Weitzman Posted February 11, 2019 10:51 pm

    Rest in peace Josephine! My memories of you are happy ones!!

  • Jay Weitzman Posted February 11, 2019 10:54 pm

    It was a pleasure to know you!! Your family will cherish the memories of time with you! Rest in peace.

    • D Hued Posted February 12, 2019 7:31 am

      Ms Algarin thanks so much for taking care of me when Hench left me. I will always love you. RIP

  • Crystal Rodriguez Posted February 13, 2019 6:59 am

    My dear aunt Josie,

    You will be missed dearly. You touched the lives of so many❤️ We love you

  • Cecilia Ocasio Posted February 13, 2019 9:05 am

    Ms. Algerian was a pleasure knowing you. Thank you for all the ideas you share with me. Being creative is not easy but you made it possible. May you rest in heaven. Love ceci

  • Margarita Aguila (Margie) Posted February 13, 2019 10:40 am

    I’m deeply saddened to hear that Josephine has passed. RIP my dear friend. You will be missed,God bless.

  • Marylou Mooney Posted February 13, 2019 1:54 pm

    I was so very upset to hear about Josie. She was always so cheerful. Josie was a wonderful teacher, mom, wife and friend. I will always think of her with fondness . We will miss her. Rest in peace and be our angel watching g over us.
    With much love
    Marylou Mooney

  • Brenda McDonald Posted February 14, 2019 1:24 pm

    I will always remember your smile Josie, and all the conversations we shared about family, laughing about the milestones of life! My heartfelt condolences to your family. Rest In Peace Josie!

  • Steven Wrubel Posted February 14, 2019 2:42 pm

    I met Josie when I started at PS 43 in 1990. She was a kind and beautiful person who wa always willing to help. I will miss her very much.

  • Nelson Polo Posted February 14, 2019 4:04 pm

    One of the most warm, caring, funny, beautiful, positive person I know. I Love you and will miss you very much Josie.

  • Cynthia Figueroa Rivera Posted March 31, 2019 8:58 pm

    Miss you sooo much Mom. You took a piece of my heart with you when you past, but I know I will get it back one day. Your smile stays forever embossed on my heart and soul. I shall carry your warm, loving, kind gentle demeanor with me wherever I go so as to share it with the world as you did all your life! I miss you so much. Rest in peace ma!

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