Dr. Joseph Edward Mather, 56

OSWEGO, NY – Dr. Joseph Edward Mather, 56, of Oswego Town, passed away Friday July 13, 2012, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.

Dr. Joseph Edward Mather
Dr. Joseph Edward Mather

Born November 5, 1955, in Valley Stream, NY, he was the son Dr. Joseph E. Mather of Oswego and the late Mary Jane (Fayette) Mather.

He graduated from Bishop Cunningham High School in 1973 and University of Notre Dame in 1977.

He married Victoria Loebel in 1980; they recently celebrated their 32nd anniversary.

Dr. Joe graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine 1982.

He was Chief Resident and completed his medical residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at SUNY Upstate and became a board certified member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

He was an active member of the Oswego Hospital medical staff, current member of the Oswego Health Board. Former chairman of the Oswego Health Board, he served on the Quality Improvement Committee for the medical staff and board, as well as the Corporate Resources Committee of Oswego Health and Governance Committee. He also chaired the Founder’s Club the fundraising arm of the health system.

He was a coach and member of the Oswego Youth Soccer Association, helping to build the soccer fields.

He was a member of Oswego Yacht Club. For the past two years he was a tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County. He was also the president of the Hall Newman Foundation.

A life-long family man, Joe loved his wife, enjoyed laughing with his children whom he was immensely proud of, sailing with his friends and family, playing the piano and singing (poorly), visiting Saint Croix and New Orleans and cheering for Notre Dame football.

He is survived by his father; his wife, Vicki; four children, Dr. Joseph A. Mather and Michelle Gardner of New Orleans, Caroline Mather and Jason Latiolais of Florida, William J. and Thomas L. Mather both students of Loyola University, New Orleans; his siblings, Christopher (Mary Lou) Mather of Ohio, Patrick (Lois) Mather of Baldwinsville, Timothy (Deborah) Mather of Colorado, Daniel (Cindy) Mather of Oswego and Katherine (Michael) Herrmann of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church, 103 W. Seventh St., Oswego.

Calling hours will be held 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hall Newman Center or Oswego Health.

Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com


  1. dr. Mather was a great man and will be missed by many. Thoughts are with his family. God Bless!

  2. Dear Dr. Mather,
    Please accept my sincere sympathy on this sad occasion of your son’s death. I is always hard to lose a son, but when the son is as extraordinary as Dr. Joseph it is even more difficult.

    I didn’t know Joseph very well though he was at Catholic High for a couple of the years that I was there.

    Be assured of my prayers for him and for your family. God is our hope and our consolation.

    Sorry I cannot be with you tomorrow.

    Sincerely in Christ,
    Fr. Yennock

  3. My deepest condolences goes out to the Mather family Dr. Mather had my obgyn while I was due to have my children and in fact he had delivered my 2nd son and he was a great Doctor and will be greatly missed. again we lost another great Doctor who did a lot for our community.

  4. I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Mather’s passing. My sympathy to his dad and family. He was a wonderful doctor.

  5. My deepest sympathy to the Mather’s family he will be greatly missed. My prays go out to Dr. Joe Mather family. He use to be my doctor and he was a great Dr. to me. God bless you all. “Amen.”

  6. My prays and thoughts and sympathy go out to Dr. Joe Mather family. Dr. Joe Mather use to be my OBGYN Dr. My prayers are with his Dad who delivered my children years ago and his family. ” Amen”

  7. I am so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to the family. I loved Dr. Mather’s Jr. and the family. All the members of the practice also. I will miss him dearly. :/ I feel your loss!

  8. So sorry to hear of Dr. Mathers untimely passing. He was a wonderful doctor, a kind hearted man. I remember my last c-section and the conversation he was having with another Dr. In the OR He talked about a child in college and golf. He delivered 2 out of my 3 children. RIP

  9. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Dr. Joseph Mather Jr. He graduated with me at Catholic High. His dad delivered my son, Joshua. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  10. Wonderful DR
    I will never forget him hugging my girlfriend and consoling her like he really cared(and we all know he did) after telling us that she was going to lose our baby
    And neither will she

  11. On behalf of the University of Notre Dame, Class of 1977, please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Joseph, our ND77 friend and classmate. I am sorry that we were unaware of his passing until very recently. A candle will be lit at the Grotto at the University and a mass will be said by the priests there, in memory of Joseph. May the Angels lead him into Paradise, and may the God of all Consolation comfort and support all of his family during this most difficult time. Virginia McGowan Bishop, ND77 Class Secretary.

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