MILTON-Michael J. Canosa, a lifelong resident of Milton passed away peacefully on June 28, 2013 after a brief illness. He was 93 years old. He was the son of Joseph and Anna (Mannese) Canosa and was born at Old Indian Road, Milton, on Feb. 13, 1920. He is survived at home in Milton by his wife Stella of 69 years. In addition, he is survived by his five children: son Joseph Canosa, Beaufort, N.C., daughter Linda LaPolla and her husband Michael of Milton, daughter Anne Wiener and her partner Charles Wright of Queens, daughter Michele Lobdell of Milton, and daughter Kathleen Hart and her husband Jim of Milton. He is also survived by his sister, Rose Casey of Marlboro. He was predeceased by an infant brother Michael, and brothers Marshall, Robert and Joseph. Mike was an extremely proud grandfather to eight grandchildren: Christopher Canosa, Russell Wiener, Michael LaPolla, Melissa Rhatigan, Amanda Gallo, Alison Lobdell, Erica Affuso, Patrick Lobdell, and eight great-grandchildren: Cailin Canosa, Jack Canosa, Emma LaPolla, Michael Canosa, Abigail LaPolla, Eleanorah Rhatigan, Michaela Gallo and Dominick Canosa. He is also survived by many other cherished family members.
Mike graduated from the Marlboro Central High School in the class of 1937. He then went on to graduate from the State Teachers College, East Stroudsburg, Pa. in the class of 1942. Upon graduation from college, Mike enlisted in the United States Marine Corps
and was a graduate of Officers Training School and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the class of 1943 at Quantico, Va. He participated in the invasion of Okinawa and in the surrender of the Japanese at Tsingtao, China. By the time of his discharge from the marines at the end of World War II
, he had achieved the rank of Captain. Mike was proud to have served his Country. Mike then went on to pursue his Master's Degree in Education from the New York University
. He served the New York City Board of Education as a teacher of special education classes. He ultimately served as a licensed Principal of Special Schools until his retirement in 1976.
Mike became interested in local government in the late 1950's. After receiving the Democratic Nomination, he was elected to the Marlboro Town Board as a councilman in 1961. He also went on to serve the residents of Marlboro as Town Supervisor for 20 years. Among his accomplishments as Town Supervisor, Mike was responsible for bringing municipal water to the residents of Marlboro in the early 1970's after networking with N.Y.C. Department of Environmental Protection and obtaining a federal grant to tap into the N.Y.C. aqueduct. He was also responsible for the purchase and development of the Cluett-Schantz Town Park.
Mike was a member of the St. James Church in Milton and served as a lector and past secretary of the Holy Name Society. He also served as a member of the Viebey-Sutton Post 124 of the American Legion in Marlboro. He was an active member and past chairman of the Marlboro Democratic Commitee.
Mike was a gentle man of great integrity and his world revolved around his family. He loved when all his family convened at his home on Christmas Eve every year to celebrate. He gave a special toast at this dinner after preparing his feast of 7 fish dishes and also issued the "Nellie" award (named after a family dog) to the family member most deserving based on the year's accomplishments. He was an avid gardener and loved to work on his property. He loved sitting on his back patio with his wife Stella, keeping cool from the summer heat. Mike was also an avid N.Y. Mets, N.Y. Nicks, and N.Y. Jets fan and rarely missed a game on tv.
Calling hours will be held at the DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Route 9W, Marlboro, N.Y. on Sunday, June 30th from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, 510 Lattintown Road, Marlboro on Monday, July 1st after a Mass of Christian burial 10 a.m. at St. James Church, 10 to 12 Main Street, Milton with Father Fred Kempfirl officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Viebey-Sutton Post 124 of the American Legion in Marlboro, N.Y.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc. (845)236-4300, www.didonatofuneralservice.com