Stephen L. St. Joseph, 69, Dexter

DEXTER, NY —  Stephen L. St Joseph, 69, of County Route 53, Dexter, passed away suddenly on July 18, 2020, at the Samaritan Medical Center.

A funeral Mass will be said 11 a.m. Friday, July 24, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery.  

Arrangements are with the Hart & Bruce Funeral Home.

Born Feb. 24, 1951, in Watertown, NY, a son of the late Charles and Anna (Hotea) St Joseph, he graduated in 1969 from Immaculate Heart Central. He went on to graduate from Albany College of Pharmacy with a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical science.  

Following school, he began a successful lifelong career as a pharmacist in the local area working for Kinney’s, Fay’s, Eckerd’s, the Medicine Shoppe, Bolton’s and retiring from Wal-Mart in May 2019.

He married Billie Cooper of Rodman on May 21, 1977, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church. The marriage would later end in 2006.

Stephen was a member of the Watertown Elks Lodge #496, former president of the Watertown Diabetes Association in the 1980s, and communicate of Immaculate Conception Church in Brownville.  

He was an avid Yankees fan, loved to cook and was his best critique. He always had a “bad dad” joke and was known by family and friends to be a Fox News Specialist. Stephen was kind, hard working, light hearted and loved spending time with family and friends.

Among his survivors are his three loving children, Matthew S. St. Joseph and his companion Charley Starnes, Kannapolis, NC, the twins, Stephanie D. St. Joseph, Eugene, OR, and Christopher W. St. Joseph and his companion, Ashley Astorga, Brownville. His beloved companion, Michele Price of Dexter and her two sons, Aaron (Jessica) Price, Syracuse, Jason Price Chaumont; five grandchildren, Marriah, Caleb, Carter, Carley and Cora. He is also survived by his eight siblings and their spouses, Shirley (Harold) Taylor, Black River, Mary Gracey, Watertown, Thomas(Rosemarye “Tinker”)St. Joseph, Pa, Sylvia (James) Akers, MI, John (Linda) St Joseph, Ogdensburg, Anne Gagnon, FL, Michael (Dianne) St. Joseph, Black River, Madeline (Edward) Kraemer, AZ, a sister-in-law, Lucy St. Joseph; many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother, Charles “Chuck” St Joseph and two brothers in law, Thomas Gracey and Albert Gagnon.

Donations may be made in Stephen’s memory to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church PO Box 99 Brownville, NY 13615, Jefferson County SPCA 25056 Water St., Watertown, NY 13601 or to the American Diabetes Association PO Box 15829 Arlington, VA 22215.

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