Rev. Mr. Joseph S. Chillemi, 81; of Oswego died Saturday at Oswego Hospital, Oswego, NY.
He was born in Oswego, NY to the late Joseph and Rosaria (Juiffre) Chillemi. Deacon Chillemi remained a life resident of Oswego. He owned and operated Chillemi Brother’s Farm until 1992.
He was ordained as a Deacon in 1989. Deacon Chillemi ministered with St. Joseph’s Church, Oswego since his ordination.
He was a former coach for St. Joseph’s CYO Basketball. He was a member with the Oswego Elk’s Lodge and a volunteer teacher for the St. Joseph’s CCD program and Adult RCIA classes. He was a volunteer with St. Joseph’s Bingo, Church Usher and he assisted with the Adult Ministry and Counseling programs.
Deacon Chillemi conducted prayer services at the Oswego Lady’s Home, and Loretto Heights Nursing Home.
He was pre-deceased by his brother Dominic Chillemi.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years Grace Chillemi of Oswego, 3 children: Barbara Gianetto of Oswego, James (Lisa) Chillemi of NC, and Anne Marie (Greg) Walczak of Oswego, his siblings: Anthony (Betty) Chillemi, Francis Chillemi and Mary McLaughlin all of Oswego, 6 grandchildren: Christina Gianetto, Jennifer (Aaron) Rowan, Anja Chillemi, Jesse Chillemi, Rachel Walczak and Brian Walczak and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be conducted 10 AM Wednesday in St. Joseph’s Church, Oswego where the clergy of the Syracuse Diocese will celebrate a mass of Christian Burial. Entombment will be held in All Saint’s Mausoleum, St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. Calling hours will be held 4:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday in St. Joseph’s Church, Oswego followed by a vigil service at 7:00 PM Tuesday.
Deacon Chillemi’s wish was that donations in lieu of flowers to be made to the St. Joseph’s Church Organ Restoration Fund, 178 W. 2nd St. Oswego, NY 13126. The Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St. Oswego, NY 13126 has care of the arrangements.