Joseph Castiglia, 91, of Fulton and formerly of Sandpiper Golf and Country Club Lakeland, Fla., died Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Seneca Hill Manor after a long illness.
He was born in Minetto and attended schools in Minetto and Oswego. He 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.
He 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 Sept. 6, 1947, he married Mary Fichera of Fulton. They remained lifetime residents of the area.
Mr. Castiglia was a past member of the Knight’s of Columbus, a past member and officer of the Fulton Elk’s Club. He was a charter member of Beaver Meadows Golf Club where he also served on the board of directors for three years. He was also a member of the Radisson Golf Club. He avidly enjoyed playing golf.
He worked in Sales all of his life and retired in 1986 as a Marketing Manager for a NY Parts Co., Syracuse.
He was also a past member of Holy Family Church, Fulton.
He was pre-deceased by one 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 were conducted Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minetto where a mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Larkin. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. There were be no calling hours.
Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton has care of the arrangements.