Joseph J. Molinari, 97

OSWEGO, NY – Joseph J. Molinari, 97, a resident of West Seventh Street, Oswego, passed away Tuesday May 21, 2013, at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Oswego, he was the son of the late Rocca (Romano) and Dominic Molinari.

Joseph J. Molinari
Joseph J. Molinari

He was a World War II veteran and was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal.

Joseph was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was active in politics and served as a Democratic committeeman.

After retiring from Molinari’s Drycleaner, he was a sales representative with Fitzgibbons Real Estate, retiring from real estate at the age of 92.

His family meant everything to him and he loved when his children and grandchildren were at his house, especially for the Christmas Eve dinner.

In his retirement, he enjoyed golfing with his buddies and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

He was a true handyman and was always willing to help fix whatever needed fixing.

He was honored to be one of the grand marshals in the 2012 Fourth of July Parade.

A special thanks to Ray Miller and all his friends who met for coffee at Burger King.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary (Nicholas) Della Penna and Sara (Mark) Mitchell both of Oswego; four sons, J. Don (Irene) Molinari of Oswego, John (Barbara) Molinari of Florida, David (Joan) Molinari and James (Beth) Molinari both of Oswego; two sisters, Sue LePine of Oswego and Cora Kelly of Maryland; 14 grandchildren, Alison Godlewski, Kevin Molinari, Michael Molinari, Peter Molinari, Julie Stone, Lisa Schmidt, Timothy Molinari, Steve Molinari, Sara Molinari, Joseph Della Penna, Patricia Della Penna, Kristen Fetzer, Christopher Mitchell and Patrick Mitchell; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sara (Murabito) Molinari; his brothers, Patrick, Frank and Andrew; and sisters, Bertha Polega, Rose DeSantis, Catherine Stanley and Mary Sagneri; and two brothers that died in infancy.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church.

Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.

Donations can be made to St. Mary’s Church or Oswego Hospital.

Online condolences may be made at

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  1. When I worked real estate with Joe at Fitzgibbon’s Real Estate all those years ago on West First Street (where the military recruiters are now), I never realized HOW MUCH of the previous CENTURY Joe had seen.

    Rest in Peace. Sympathy goes to his family.

    Debbie (& Ray Engelke)

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