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Joseph J. Hill
Woodgate
Joseph J. "Tenderfoot" Hill, 92, of Woodgate, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Presbyterian Home, surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on December 18, 1920, in Plainfield, NJ, a son of the late Joseph and Grace (Brown) Hill. Joe served his country with honor in the United States Army during World War II in the European and African Theater Campaign in the Big Red Army. He also served in the National Guard for many years, retiring as Master Sgt. On February 1, 1945, in Utica, he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Gilbert, a blessed union of over 53 years. Mrs. Hill died in 1998. Joe was employed with the Iron Workers Local Union 440 in Utica for many years and was also a member of the Teamsters Painter Union and was well-known as a local painter. He was a member of the Search and Rescue Team in Old Forge for many years; he was also a graduate of the International Correspondent School of Art and was registered as an artist. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and also wood carving and was known for his Totem Pole Carvings throughout the area. He also served as a spokesman for many Indian Reservations. He is survived by his children, Irving and Dawn Hill, of Utica, Joseph and Laura Hill, also of Utica, Mary Nephew, of Clinton, and Madaline "Maggie" and Peter Kravec, of Clayville. He also leaves his grandchildren, Raymond Hill and Michael and Loree Hill, Katie Hill, Ray and Joe, Brenda and John Powers, Margaret Pendolf, Patti Kimball and Adam Coffin, Peter and Shari Kravec and Renee Welty; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves his special family, Curtis and Elizabeth Nelson and their children, Tehonerahtathe and Kawennenkaiue and her husband, Leo Fox; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Michael Hill; a daughter, Gail Florentino; his sisters, Ruth Bernard and Grace Rovilitto; and a stepbrother, Wallace Manning. The family wishes to offer a very special thank you to his many caregivers, including Bill and Betty Hasenauer and Don Murdock, and a special thank you to his co-worker and friend, Johnny Crow. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11:30 AM at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 13 Oxford Rd., New Hartford. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Sauquoit Valley Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday (today) from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. For those who wish, please consider the Disabled American Veterans Stars & Stripes #82, 301 Bleecker St., Utica, NY 13501, in his memory; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. For online expressions of sympathy, please go to: www.dfwefh.com
Joseph J. "Tenderfoot" Hill
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Apr. 23, 2013
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