Joseph Mirabito, 88, a lifetime resident of Fulton, died in his sleep on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.
He was predeceased by his wife of 33 years, Betty Phillips Mirabito. He 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 over 40 years. He and his wife were communicants of Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton where they headed the Landscape Committee for many years. After her passing, he created a Memorial Rose Garden as a tribute to her in the church courtyard.
For many years, they hosted an annual “Mirabito Family Reunion” at their home on Jones Drive in Fulton where more than a 100 family members would gather. He 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, Mr. Mirabito, 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.
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-granddaughters, 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 were held Friday, Nov. 30 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Prayer services will be held today, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. 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.
Contributions may be made to Cody Volunteer Fire Department, 155 County Route 55, Fulton, NY 13069.