June 21, 2012
Joseph Castiglia, 91; of Fulton and formerly of Sandpiper Golf and Country Club Lakeland, FL., passed away Thursday at Seneca Hill Manor after a long illness. He was born in Minetto, NY and attended schools in Minetto and Oswego. Joseph volunteered in the US Navy in 1941. After training he was assigned to the USS Mississippi and sailed to the North Atlantic. When World War II was declared the ship was ordered to the Pacific Theater. After 18 months aboard the ship he volunteered for the Amphibious Force and was assigned to the USS Feland. Following the invasion of Tarawa, he volunteered for submarine duty and after training he was assigned for duty on the USS Sennett Submarine. Joseph was later assigned to the USS Skate Submarine where he participated in the Bikini-A-Toll Atomic Bomb Test. He was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1947. On September 6, 1947 Joseph married Mary Fichera of Fulton, NY. They remained lifetime residents of the area. Joseph was a past member of the Knight’s of Columbus, a past member and officer of the Fulton Elk’s Club. He was a charter member of Beaver Meadows Golf Club where he also served on the Board of Directors for 3 years. Joseph was also a member of the Radisson Golf Club. He avidly enjoyed playing golf. Joseph worked in Sales all of his life and retired in 1986 as a Marketing Manager for a NY Parts Co., Syracuse, NY. He was also a past member of Holy Family Church, Fulton. Joseph was pre-deceased by 1 son Joseph Castiglia in 1976. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Mary Fichera Castiglia of Fulton, 2 children: Paul Castiglia of Fulton, and Mary Castiglia of NC, 1 brother: James Castiglia of Minetto, 2 sisters Betty Tetro, and Theresa DeStevens both of Fulton, 1 grandson, 1 granddaughter, two great grandsons and several nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be conducted 10:30 AM Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minetto where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Larkin. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. There will be no calling hours. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton has care of the arrangements.