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July 7, 1955 ~ November 17, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our brother, “Uncle Joe”, Joseph Talarico, who transitioned to a better life on November 17, 2023.
Joe was born in Utica, July 7, 1955, to the late Fred and Lucille Talarico. He attended local grammar schools and received his high school diploma from the McClaren School, in MA. He was employed in several occupations including, for New York State in the State Office Building, later, as a Security Guard, for Faxton Hospital, and also as an auxiliary policeman, for the City of Utica, for several years. During the past few years he resided in the Masonic Care Community, being cared for by the angels of the Monticello Homestead.
Joe’s life was plagued by certain disabilities that would have stonewalled most individuals, but, he persevered with the guidance and help of his parents to overcome them through much hard work and determination. He was told he would have difficulties playing any sport, yet he was on his high school basketball team; that he would not be able to drive, but was able to obtain a driver’s license. He was very proud of his achievements and we are as well, deservedly so.
Joe loved his music, especially jazz, the music of the 60’s, and of the Big Band Era. He was a voracious reader, especially mysteries and Stephen King stories. He enjoyed the television shows of the 50’s and 60’s, and the horror and science fiction shows of the Classic Era. He was not a cook, no favorite meatball recipes, but, was certainly a connoisseur of how good food should taste, especially the peanut butter balls that were served at Christmas. Joe was a devoted son, especially to our mother during her later years, and a caring brother and uncle.
Joe was predeceased by his parents; he leaves behind to mourn him two brothers, Dr. Fred and Rosemary Talarico and Dr. Henry and Lisa Talarico; nieces and nephews, Heather and David Neveloff, Lauren and Charles Briffitt, Drs. Michael and Krishna Talarico, Jaime Talarico, and Michael and Suzane Maurizio; great nieces and great nephews, Ella, Jack, Zoe, Evie, and Vito; as well as, many cousins, all with whom he had so many favorite memories; and a special friend, Linda Cosilman.
We take comfort in knowing that Joe has now gone to a better place and is able to walk with so many family and friends that predeceased him. His funeral will be held on Monday, November 27, at 12 Noon, at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish, with interment in New Forest Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m. until the service commences at 12 Noon.
Our family is extremely appreciative of the care afforded to our brother at Masonic Home and most recently in the Intensive Care Unit of the Wynn Hospital. For those wishing to make a donation in Joe’s memory, please consider the Masonic Medical Research Institute, the Pediatric Unit of the Wynn Hospital, or to any worthy foundation of one’s choosing.
Arrangements are with The Matt Funeral Home, Utica.