Joan M. Antonelli, 88, formerly of Pillar Point

BUFORD, GA —  Joan M. Antonelli, 88, formerly of Pillar Point, died Sept. 11, 2021, at the Retreat of Buford in Buford, GA., with her family by her side.

Born April 22, 1933, in the town of Croghan, a daughter of Cyril J. and Hannah J. (Flood) Kempney, she graduated in 1952 from Augustinian Academy. After graduation Mrs. Antonelli moved to Watertown, NY, to work at Lofink’s Photography.

She married Fiorino J. “Footie” Antonelli on Oct. 15, 1955, in Sackets Harbor, NY. At that time she was a homemaker and worked in the infirmary at Sisters of Saint Joseph.

Mrs. Antonelli and her husband owned and operated Footie’s Pizza Parlor on Pillar Point, Dexter, NY. Mr. Antonelli died Jan. 26,1985. Mrs. Antonelli continued to run the business retiring in 2000.

Mrs. Antonelli enjoyed snowmobiling and being on Lake Ontario and watching the boats and ice fisherman from the window at the “Stumble Inn” which was her home with her companion  Ernie Gould who died May 2001. Then in 2017 Mrs. Antonelli moved to Georgia.

She was a member of the Pillar Point Snowmobile Club, founded by her husband, American Legion Brownville Axillary for forty years, and Pillar Point Fire Department Axillary.

Mrs. Antonelli was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Brownville and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Watertown.

Mrs. Antonelli is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Cheryl (Richard) Galavitz, FL, Charlene (Kenneth) Hanson, GA., three brothers, Byron (Pete), Carthage, Dwight (Patty), Castorland, Duane (Gail), Dexter, a sister, Sister Mary Rita a Sister of Saint Joseph, Watertown, and, five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

A son Mark in 2004 and two sisters, Vada Webb and  Nancy Sweeney, all died before her.

A funeral Mass will be said 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at Immaculate Conception Church in Brownville with Father Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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