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1918 Joseph 2016

Joseph C. "Pops" Vivenzo

June 26, 1918 — December 2, 2016

Mr. Joseph C. "Pops" Vivenzo, of Utica, passed away peacefully on Friday December 2, 2016 at the golden age of 98, a milestone he was truly proud of.

He was born Joseph Carmen Vivenzo in Utica on June 26, 1918 the youngest son of the late Gaetano and Margaret Rose Vivenzo and was educated in local schools. On April 22, 1944, he was married to Mary Vescera in Mt. Carmel Church, sharing a loving union of 66 years until her passing in 2011. Joe honorably served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII and always loved sharing his treasured military memories. Joe proudly remained a life member of the American Legion and was honored at the 2016 Oneida County American Legion Convention.

Joe loved his career as a Master Carpenter-known in the trades as "Smokie Joe or Red". He held the distinction of most Senior Member of the Carpenters Local #747. Joe was a diehard Yankees fan, loved reading, especially Westerns and the New York News and Post, regularly bought for and shared with his son-in-law Ed; a running family joke. He enjoyed his many trips to CA. and Florida, spending time with family and friends, always ready to share red wine and hot peppers.

Joseph "Pops" is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Joseph Jr. and Elise Vivenzo; two daughters and his son-in-law Kathy Dyble and Linda and Edward Croghan; his loving grandchildren Tracy Vivenzo McDonough and husband John, Trinity Croghan, Jamie and Jenee Vivenzo and Jessica Dyble; beloved great grandsons Ryan and Sean McDonough and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers Jerry and Philip Vivenzo and his son-in-law Stephen Dyble.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 11:30 am in St. Anthony/St. Agnes Church with the Rev. John Croghan and Rev. Mark Kaminski officiating, with Military Honors Conferred. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. There will be no public visitation.

The family will receive all visitors at the conclusion of mass in church.

The family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to Dr. Brehaut, nurses, aides and support staff who cared for "Pops" while in the Stroke Center at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care Center. Their compassion and kindness will long be remembered and sincerely appreciated.


Monday, December 05 2016

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