June Luther Cardosi, 83, computer programmer

June L. Cardosi
June L. Cardosi
Posted: January 02, 2014

June Luther Cardosi, 83, of West Chester, one of the earliest woman computer programmers at Cape Canaveral in the early 1960s, died Friday, Dec. 27, of heart failure at a hospice.

Mrs. Cardosi programmed flight trajectories and was a system analyst in the defense industry at Cape Canaveral and in San Diego.

She served on the West Chester Area School District board on and off for 12 years, and was a founding member of the short-lived West Chester Area Tax $avers Association, which sought to save money in the district.

Mrs. Cardosi was born on Jan. 9, 1930, in Greensburg, Pa. She graduated from Duquesne University in 1952 with a degree in mathematics.

She and her husband, Leo M., met in a computer room at Cape Canaveral in January 1960. She was a programmer and he was a technician. "She was a very intelligent young woman," her husband of 48 years said. They married in August 1965.

Mrs. Cardosi, a former high school math teacher, first joined the West Chester Area School District's board in the 1980s.

"She was a very, very hardworking person," said Cynthia Benzing, who served on the board with Mrs. Cardosi. "She had strong opinions, and she was not afraid to let her opinions be heard. I admired her greatly."

In her free time, Mrs. Cardosi liked to go for walks with her husband, spend time with her grandchildren, and collect baseball cards, stamps, and coins.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Julie C. Caron, and two grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 1327 Boot Rd., West Chester, with a Funeral Mass to follow at 11. Burial will be at St. Agnes Cemetery in West Chester.

Donations may be made to Neighborhood Hospice and Neighborhood Visiting Nurse Association, 795 E. Marshall St., West Chester, Pa. 19380.


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