Joseph J. Soluri, 90, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Joseph J. Soluri, 90, of 811 Boyd St., Watertown, passed away June 30, 2021, at his home where he was surrounded by his loving family.

Born Feb. 24, 1931, in Watertown, NY, a son of Joseph C. and Violet (Gamble) Soluri, he graduated from Watertown High School.

Joseph entered the US Navy on Feb. 23, 1948, and served on the USS Coral Sea in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged as a Seaman on Feb. 21, 1952.

He married Rose Mary Bedore on Dec. 20, 1953, in Watertown where the couple resided their married life.  Rose Mary was a homemaker, she passed away on March 23, 2021.

Joseph worked at IGA as an assistant manager, CFM as a manager and maintenance supervisor, Huntington Heights and Ontario Village Apartments as a maintenance supervisor, as well as various fruit stands in Watertown.

Among his survivors are eight children, Violet Woodard, Black River, Joseph C. (Tosha) Soluri, Watertown, Cindy (John) Smith, Palm Bay, FL, Lora Soluri and her best friend Elmer Parish, Penny Hicks and her companion, Patrick Thurston, Zina Ramey and her companion, Kenny Davis, Donald (Curtis) Brooks, and April (Shawn) Secor all of Watertown, a brother Paul Soluri,  Watertown, a sister and a brother in law, Dolores “Dee” (Ken) Mallette, Watertown; several grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and his beloved wife, he was predeceased by two sons, Joseph “Peanut” Soluri II died in 1955, Michael Soluri in 2015; two sisters Vivian Bidwell  and Sally Countryman; and three brothers, Richard “Dick”, Robert “Bob”, and Ralph Soluri.

Arrangements are with the Hart & Bruce Funeral Home.  A graveside service with military honors for Joseph and Rose Mary Soluri and their son, Michael Soluri will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 22, in North Watertown Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County. 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

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