Joseph J. and Joseph S. Siragusa
Joseph J. Siragusa

8 Mar 1915 - 11 Sep 2002


Born in New York City in the spring of 1915, he was the second son of Buonaventura and Francesca. The name Joseph is a tribute to Francesca's father, Giuseppe Malatino, and would be passed down for the next two generations.

He moved to Watertown as a toddler and grew up on Palmer Street -- the heart of the city's Italian-American community. By his teenage years, the country was in the midst of The Great Depression. He worked for a time as a chef in the Civilian Conservation Corps and was married to Geneva Denny in historic Sackets Harbor in 1934.

More of the story coming soon...

Materials Needed -- You Can Help!

My goal is to make every story in this project as complete as possible with photos, remembrances, documents, keepsakes, etc. that will help preserve memories for future generations. Anything can help and would be greatly appreciated, no matter how small or trivial you may think it is. Here are some specific items needed:

  • Photos
  • Letters, cards, etc.
  • Stories, remembrances from growing up on Palmer Street
  • His trip to Sicily

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