FULTON, NY – Joseph Mirabito, 88, a lifetime resident of Fulton, passed away in his sleep on Wednesday November 28, 2012, at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.
He was predeceased by his wife of 33 years, Betty Phillips Mirabito.
Joe had co-owned and operated Mirabito Brothers Grocery Store on the corner of East Fifth and Pratt streets in Fulton with his brother, Angelo, for more than 40 years.
Joe and Betty were dedicated communicants of Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton where they headed the Landscape Committee for many years.
After Betty’s passing, Joe created a Memorial Rose Garden as a tribute to her in the church courtyard.
For many years, Joe and Betty hosted an annual “Mirabito Family Reunion” at their home on Jones Drive in Fulton where more than a hundred family members would gather.
Joe was an active member of the Fulton Rotary Club.
He had served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 during World War II.
One and one half years after the passing of Betty’s first husband, Erwin Phillips, Joe, a 50 year old bachelor, invited Betty to dinner during her weekly grocery shopping trip.
They were married eight weeks later and enjoyed a wonderful life together until her passing in 2008.
Joe was a good man, a man who lived his faith, a good husband, caretaker and best friend.
Surviving are two stepsons, Michael (Brenda) Phillips of Fulton and Steven (Paul Stewart) Phillips of Oswego; grandchildren, Chad Phillips of Orlando, Fla. and Danielle (Don) Wester of New Woodstock; two great grand-daughters, Delaney and Devyn Wester; two brothers, Vincent (Maureen) Mirabito and John (RoseMary) Mirabito all of Syracuse; a sister, Mary Lanzafame of Liverpool; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.
Prayer services will be 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, corner of Rochester and South Third streets, Fulton.
Burial and committal rites will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton.
Memorials may be made to Cody Volunteer Fire Department, 155 County Route 55, Fulton, NY 13069.
Foster Funeral Home, Inc.