Joseph Cerasuolo

Glenville – Joseph Cerasuolo, 78, passed away on
October 30, 2021, at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center
after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease,
with family at his side. He was born
in Torre Annunziata, Italy, on August 20,
1943, to Vincent and Anastasia (Nancy)
(Javarone) Cerasuolo. In 1956, at age 12, he came to
the U.S. with his father, brothers and sister, joining his
mother and another sister already in Gloversville, NY,
and was naturalized in June 1962.
After graduating from Gloversville H.S., he worked
for Taylor Made Products and in 1964 he enlisted in
the U.S. Air Force, with one of his assignments being
a 1-year tour of 100 men at a remote site on the
tip of Alaska, where he ran the bowling alley and the
photo lab. In early 1968, he was sent to Scott AFB in
Belleville, Illinois, where he met Gloria Ferchow, his
wife-to-be. Joseph earned the rank of SSgt before being
honorably discharged, and returned home to Gloversville.
He received an AAS in Electrical Technology
from Fulton Montgomery Community College, and
was hired by the GE Research and Development Center
(now GRC) in Niskayuna.
While furthering his education, Joseph and Gloria
nurtured a long distance relationship. In May of 1970
they were married in Belleville. Beginning their 51-1/2
years of marriage, the couple moved to Glenville, NY.
While working for GE, Joseph went back to college
and earned a degree in Management Engineering
(Mechanical) Technology. Joseph was an advisor for
the GE R&D Junior Achievement Program for 2 years,
a member of the Whitney Club (experiencing many
trips and activities), and the GE Quarter Century
Club. He retired from GE R&D in 2006 after 37 years
of service.
Joe loved hunting, fishing (ice, lake and ocean),
camping and boating, frequently on the Mohawk River.
After their son, Jason, was born, the family enjoyed
many years of camping and boating on various NY
lakes, and the highlight was owning a trailer and pontoon
boat at an RV Park on the Great Sacandaga Lake
for 13 years. His yard was a great source of joy and
pride and he made it beautiful with his love of gardening,
growing multiple varieties of flowers, plants
and trees, and feeding and attracting birds with several
feeders, bird baths, and bird houses. He was creative
and tackled any problem with novel fixes and
loved making unusual bird houses for his feathered
friends. Joe was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader
while his son was in Scouts for many years, going on a
variety of camping and canoeing trips. Joe also loved
photography and traveling. Those on trips with him
grew familiar with his movie camera as he asked them
to smile.
Joe was a member of the Rotterdam Elks Club since
1974, the Sons of Italy and the Immaculate Conception
Church in Glenville.
He leaves behind his wife Gloria, and his son, Jason
(Nicole Fingar) Cerasuolo, along with two brothers,
Tony and Bart, sister, Camille Marotta, as well as several
nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his
parents; brother, John; sister, Rose Marie and niece,
A calling period for close friends and family will be
held at the Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Rd.
from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 3rd. A
brief funeral service will follow. Full military honors
will be bestowed during a private funeral service at
Mount Carmel Cemetery in Johnstown.
Memorial gifts may be made to the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at glenvillefuneralhome.

By Leader-Herald

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