Joseph Vanacore Shokan- Joseph Vanacore, 93 a resident of Bostock Road in Olive for over 50 years, died peacefully at the Kingston Hospital, Friday Aug. 23, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 31, 1919 in Jamaica Queens, son of the late Luigi and Louise Coppola Vanacore. Joe served the United States Army with honor and distinction under the command of General George Patton from 1942 to 1945 in Central Europe, Normandy, and the Rhineland. He was a tank combat soldier who was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal and a Purple Heart. Shortly after returning from World War II, he was an associate of the well respected Shokan Stair Builders from 1948 to 1957. Joe went to work for the Onteora Central Schools in 1957 in the maintenance department, and rose to the position of Night Foreman having retired in 1982. At the school, he was known for his dependability. Additionally, he served on the OCS Board of Education for 18 years, bringing a voice of Catskill Mountain practicality to the district. He was focused on excellence in both academics and athletics. Joe was committed to his family and his community. He was a past member of the Town of Olive Ambulance, Olive Senior Citizens, Knights of Columbus, the St. Francis de Sales Parish, and St. John's Parish. He had a great appreciation for nature, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He traveled extensively including trips to Europe. Joe's talents as a woodworker were a gift. Keeping his mind sharp, you could find him working on crossword puzzles. He was devoted to his wife of 58 years, Mary Vanacore who predeceased him in 2005. Surviving are his children: Joseph (Kim) DiGiovanni of Kingston, Louise Vanacore of West Hurley, and Ralph (Carol) Vanacore of Shokan. Two brothers: Frank and Louis. Eight grandchildren: Joseph, Jake and Emily Vanacore, Damon (Julia) and Anthony (Brenda) DiGiovanni, Maria Beecroft, Thaddeus Musialkiewicz, and Dominique (John) Perry. 12 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchild. He was predeceased by his wife Mary, and siblings Rose Vitello, and Jerry ,Fred, and Anthony Vanacore. His funeral procession will form on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia, thence to St. John's Holly Hills Church West Hurley where at 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will be in the Mt. Pleasant Rural Cemetery. Friends will be received on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Onteora Scholarship Fund c/o Paul Wereszynski 35 Cassidy St. Kingston 12401. You may share a condolence or light a candle at Joe's Memorial Page at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Daily Freeman on Aug. 25, 2013