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John F. Corleto, Sr.
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Mr. John F. Corleto, Sr., 85, passed away with his loved ones by his side on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at his home after a long illness.

John was born in Utica on April 11, 1920, a son of the late Donato and Mary Albano Corleto. He was educated in local schools. Mr. Corleto served in the Civilian Conservation Corps after high school and until he joined the US Army. John was a Sergeant in the US Army, and along with his brothers, Vincent, Rocco and Daniel proudly served our country during WWII. Mr. Corleto saw battle in the Pacific Theatre of Operations and continued to serve after WWII and during the US Occupation of Japan and was awarded several citations and medals. On May 24, 1947, John married the former Viola V. Nesci. Viola passed away on December 12, 1965. On July 23, 1971, he was married to the former Virginia Livermore Redmond. Mr. Corleto was a wire designer who began his career for General Electric in June 23, 1952 and worked for 32 years until retiring on February 17, 1984.

A lifelong Yankee fan, John also enjoyed spending time at the Turning Stone Casino. He was a communicant of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church and a member of the American Legion Whitestown Post 1113 for over 33 years.

John is survived by his wife, Virginia; two sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Ann Marie Corleto and John Jr. and Laura Corleto all of Utica; four grandchildren, Daniel Corleto Jr., Maria and Jerry Fiorini, Michael Corleto and his friend, Erin Bjorkdahl and John Corleto III; five great grandchildren, Alyssa, Michael and Chloe Corleto and Jerry and Gianna Fiorini; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Vincent and Louise Corleto, Rocco Corleto and Daniel and Marie Corleto; one sister, Nancy Houck; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joseph and Rae Nesci, and Nina and Michael Onystock; also surviving is Virginia’s family, Joseph and Fran Redmond, Charles and Donna Redmond and Michael and Jackie Buttenschon and their families and Eleanor Hyrnio. He was predeceased by his first wife, Viola; one sister, Josephine Moda; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Clara Corleto, Francis Houck, Edward Moda and Frank and Frances Nesci.

His funeral will be held on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church with interment in St. Agnes Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., corner of Mohawk St., Utica. The American Legion Whitestown Post 1113 will hold its’ prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the conclusion of calling hours.

The family wishes to thank Hospice and Palliative Care for the compassion and care shown to John during his illness. For those wishing donations may be made to the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital or Hospice and Palliative Care in John’s memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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To the Corleto family I am deeply sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you strength to endure your fathers passing.God Bless.Karen Ricci-Arcuri

Written by Karen Ricci-Arcuri
2005-11-16 11:49:46 PM

To Virginia, Uncle Rock, Dan and Vinny: So sorry for the loss of John. I have a few fond memories of trips to the casino. You are in my prayers. Love, Terrie.

Written by Terrie Dailey
2005-11-18 11:26:04 AM