Joseph A. Mostachetti, a veteran of the Korean War, and a longtime resident of Pawling, New York, passed away peacefully and in comfort on Monday, September 19, 2032, in Conifer, Colorado.
Joseph, known affectionately as Joe, Moose or Pops to many in the area, was born in Wingdale, New York, on February 8, 1938, to Joseph and Emily (Veninte) Mostachetti, Italian immigrants from Milan and Venice.
In 1951, Joe enlisted in the United States Navy. He served as a diesel mechanic aboard the USS Vulcan until his honorable discharge on June 7, 1955. He spoke often and fondly of his tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, and proudly wore a USS Vulcan baseball cap everywhere he went.
After he returned home from the service, Joe found employment as a Corrections Officer at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville, New York. He worked at Green Haven from 1957 until his retirement in 1983.
Joe married Terry O’Neil, on August 13, 1972. They built a beautiful home together in Pawling, where they welcomed two sons into the world – Peter and Robert.
In retirement, Joe was active in the local Catholic community. He was a member of the Pawling Lions Club, The Grange, as well as the New York State Security and Law Enforcement Retiree, Chapter 82. In recent years, he went on hiking, fishing, and sightseeing adventures with his sons (lots of Broadway and Hockey), he looked forward to Pie Night at the Red Line Diner and he loved listening to good stories and telling them. Joe had a marvelous sense of humor and quick wit that was endearing.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Terry, his parents and his sister, Louise. Joe is survived by his sons Peter Mostachetti, Robert (Bob) Mostachetti, and Alexander Van Ark (a third son he picked up along the way).
Calling hours will be held Monday, October 3, 2022, from 9 am to 10:30 am at Horn & Thomes, Inc Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, New York. Joe’s family has organized a Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist, 39 East Main Street, Pawling, New York, on Monday, October 3, 2022, at 11:00 am.
Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Memory of Joe may be made to the Pawling Lions Club, PO Box 194, Pawling, NY 12564.