OSWEGO, NY – Joseph F. Bendzunas, 60, of Oswego passed away at home on Tuesday July 6, 2010, with family and friends by his side.
Joe was born on Dec. 20, 1949, in Oswego, the son of Augustina Bendzunas, and the late Frank Bendzunas who predeceased him in 1976.
He attended St. Johnâ€™s School and Oswego Catholic High School, Class of 1968.
Joe earned a Bachelors Degree from LeMoyne College and a Masterâ€™s Degree at SUNY Albany.
He resided in Syracuse and worked as a Licensed Certified Social Worker at Hutchings Psychiatric Center, until retiring in 2007.
Joeâ€™s zest for life included numerous activities ranging from training and racing thoroughbred horses, fishing, singing and playing guitar, bull riding, traveling to many parts of the world, including hiking mountains in Peru and New Zealand.
He was a gifted athlete, proficient in baseball, basketball, long distance bike riding and golf.
The depth of Joeâ€™s personality and character was balanced with diligence and a free spirited nature.
Over the years, he developed many lifelong relationships with friends that were an integral part of his life.
Equally admirable was the courage and poise demonstrated throughout the last two and a half years.
Family and friends were honored to be assisting and supporting him and were blessed with Joeâ€™s gracious acceptance of this demonstration of love.
We are also very appreciative of the spiritual guidance and blessings of Father Morisette, Father Baccaro and Deacon Phil Kehoe.
He is survived by his mother, Augustina Bendzunas; fiancÃ©, Melanie Trexler and her daughters, Alexia and Kate Kahanovitz; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and George Blankenship, sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jean and John Battista; niece and nephew, Stephanie and Joseph Battista.
Calling hours will be held Sunday from 4 â€“ 7 p.m. at Sugar and Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.
A funeral service will be held on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Maryâ€™s Catholic Church in Oswego.
The family welcomes your attendance to celebrate Joeâ€™s life and loving spirit.
The family would like all contributions made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice.