Peter J. Messina, Jr., 86, 121 Palmer Street, died Friday July 5, 2013, at Samaritan Medical Center.
Mr. Messina was born April 17, 1927, in Watertown a son of Pietro and Laurita DeCarlo Messina. He attended Watertown schools, received his GED and served in the United States Navy. Mr. Messina was employed with the New York Air Brake for forty three years working in the foundry. On October 8, 1966, he married Vita Leone Messina at St. Anthony’s Church.
Surviving besides his wife are; a sister Rosemary Hayes, Fredonia, NY ; a nephew and his wife Peter M. and Sharon, Watertown; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. A nephew Frank, five sisters Angelina Carlo, Frances Gerbasi, Carmella Gifford, Elizabeth Marra, Sarah Derrigo, three brothers Santo (Sam), Mariano and Joseph, all died before him.
Mr. Messina was known as ‘Uncle Pete’ by everyone whether he was your uncle or not. His life’s passion was his garden especially growing garlic; being featured on the cover of the Watertown Daily Times ‘Farm and Garden’ supplement, a few times. People would travel to purchase his vegetables; he was very proud of his tomatoes.
Mr. Messina was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church, a life member of the Elks Lodge #496, a member of the American Legion Post #61 and the VFW . He enjoyed his family, hunting, fishing and his cottage on Hardscrabble Road, Point Peninsula.
Calling hours will be Tuesday 4-7pm at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A prayer service will be Wednesday at 9:15 am at the funeral home with a 10 am funeral mass at St. Anthony’s Church with Reverend Donald Robinson officiating.
Entombment will be in Glenwood Mausoleum. Contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Church, 850 Arsenal Street or to the Precious Blood Monastery, 400 Pratt St., Watertown, NY 13601. Condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com.
Monday, November 30, 2015, Watertown, NY
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