Joseph Cavanna

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Joseph Cavanna

Red Hook - Joseph Cavanna, 91, of Red Hook, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.

Born on August 22, 1922, in Piacenza, Italy, he was the son of the late Pietro and Clementina (Maruffi) Cavanna.

Joe was a soldier for the Italian Army and served during World War II. During the war he was captured and was a German prisoner of war.

Following WW II, Joe immigrated to America and worked as a mason with the Laborer's International Union of North America in New York City until his retirement. He was a Life Member of the Laborer's Union and the Societa Val Trebbia E Val Nure.

Joseph married Anna Taravella on May 11, 1963 at Sacred Heart Church in Cambria Heights, NY, and Anna predeceased him on June 21, 2012.

Joe was an avid gardener and a longtime New York Yankees fan.

He is survived by his daughter; Dr. Angela Cavanna of Elizaville, NY, a sister; Luisa Camia of Italy, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a sister; Giovanna Cavanna, and two brothers; Benvenuto and Paul Cavanna.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 27th, 2014 at St. Christopher's Church, Red Hook, NY. Entombment will be held on Saturday, June 28th, at 10:00 AM at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 from 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 PM.

Memorial donations may be made in Joe's memory to Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation, PO Box 5002, Rhinebeck, NY 12572, or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY 12534.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.

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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from June 24 to June 26, 2014
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