FULTON, NY – Joseph Castiglia, 91, of Fulton and formerly of Sandpiper Golf and Country Club Lakeland, Fla., passed away Thursday June 21, 2012, 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.
They remained lifetime residents of the area.
Joseph was a past member of the Knights of Columbus, a past member and officer of the Fulton Elks Club.
He was a charter member of Beaver Meadows Golf Club where he also served on the board of directors for three 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 company, Syracuse, NY.
He was also a past member of Holy Family Church, Fulton.
Joseph was predeceased by a son, Joseph Castiglia, in 1976.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Fichera Castiglia of Fulton; two children, Paul Castiglia of Fulton and Mary Castiglia of North Carolina; one brother, James Castiglia of Minetto; two sisters Betty Tetro and Theresa DeStevens both of Fulton; one grandson; one granddaughter; two great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minetto, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Joseph Larkin.
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.
There will be no calling hours.
The Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton, has care of the arrangements.