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Age 93 of Millport, NY passed away peacefully at the Bath VA, on Monday June 25, 2012. Joe was born March 25,1919 in Niles, OH a son of the late Carmen and Philomena Latiano Castellano. He served his country honorably with the US Army serving in the African-Middle-Eastern Theatre with Gen. Patton, Sicily and Italy Campaign, and was wounded in Venafro, Italy in 1943 receiving the Purple Heart and a recipient of the American Defense Service Medal with foreign service. Joe loved playing cards, was dedicated to the Boy Scouts earning a Silver Beaver Award, ran bingo at the Horseheads Moose Club and St. Marys Church for many years, and was a Little League Baseball coach. He was also active in the Horseheads Moose Club, American Legions and VFW as past commander of the Elmira VFW Post 901. Joe is pre-deceased by his wife, Nellie (Jerzak) Castellano, son Harold Willliam Castellano and brother, Samuel Castellano. He is survived by his children, Joseph Castellano of Santa Barbara, CA, Patricia (David) Camacho of Chatsworth, CA, and Marsha Pinkston of Old Hickory, TN; 5 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; sisters, Catherine Harris and Lena Kish both of FL; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-8 PM. The Ladies of the Horseheads Moose Club will serve dinner from 4:30 PM-6:30 PM at the Community Wesleyan Church, 2095 Grand Central Ave, Horsheads, NY. A prayer service will be held at 8:15 PM with Rev. John DeSocio. Joe will be laid to rest on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with full military honors at 11AM. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed at Joe's book of memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com.
Published in Star-Gazette from June 30 to July 2, 2012