11/24/1945 – 5/20/2023
Joseph was born on November 24, 1945 in New York City to Joseph and Josephine (Curti) Rosi. Joseph was an accomplished scholar, having graduated high school at the age of 16. After receiving his associate degree from Brooklyn Community College, he was drafted in the U.S. Army and proudly served in the Vietnam War from 1965-1971. Upon his return, Joseph completed his M.S. in Hematology. Joseph married the love of his life, Rosemary Elizabeth Piscatelli R.N. on July 10, 1971 in Elmhurst, NY. They became homeowners and landlords in Laurelton, Queens. They were blessed with two wonderful children. Joseph would obtain his M.B.A while attending night school at Adelphi and working at Booth Memorial Medical Center.
Joseph’s accomplished career would see him elevated as the Laboratory Administrator at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers, NY where he retired in 2011. He continued to work part time at Putnam Hospital Center until November 2020. His family was the most important thing to him and he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was especially proud of his name “PaPa” that his youngest grandchild, Jaclyn, gave him.
Joseph and Rosemary were dedicated volunteers to their parish, St. James the Apostle. Joseph was a member of the American Legion and became the president at Licata lodge, Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy. Years earlier, Joseph volunteered with his son at the local Boy Scouts troop and he taught firearms safety at the Putnam Fish and Game club. Their home was always open to those in need, from hosting children from Northern Ireland during “the troubles” period to later hosting high school graduates from France for language immersion.
Joseph is predeceased by his beloved wife, Rosemary, who passed away in 2019. He is survived by his dear children, Jennifer Lynn Rosi, Joseph Thomas Rosi and the mother of his grandchildren, Olga. His three treasured grandchildren, Joseph Vladimir Rosi, Julia Ludmila Rosi, Jaclyn Elizabeth Rosi as well as his big sister Lucille Ryan, all survive him.
Joseph was always willing to share profound and life altering wisdom to all who knew him. He truly lived up to his namesake, “He Shall Add”. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Joseph’s life at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at St. James the Apostle Church, 14 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, NY.
Following the Mass, Joseph will be escorted to his final resting place and interred alongside his beloved wife, Rosemary, at Raymond Hill Cemetery in Carmel, NY where a U.S. Military Honors ceremony will take place.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made in memory of Joseph to the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (https://osdia.org/donate-sif/).
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Cargain Funeral Homes, Inc., 10 Fowler Avenue, Carmel, NY 10512, 845-225-3672, www.cargainfuneralhomes.com.