Joseph J. Centi

Joseph J. Centi, 91 of

210 Clyde Ave., Falconer,

N.Y., died peacefully in his

sleep, at home, surrounded

by his loving family on

Sunday, April 7, 2013. Joe

was born on Oct. 11, 1921,

in Jamestown, N.Y., the son

of Sabbatino and Cristina

Vella Centi.

Joe was a veteran of

World War II, serving as a

Navy aviation machinist in

the Asiatic-Pacific naval

campaign. He served on

the USS Sciota, the USS

Bayfield, and the USS

Franklin, an aircraft carrier

that became known as “The

Ship That Wouldn’t Die.”

On March 19, 1945, the

USS Franklin was hit by a

Japanese kamikaze airplane

and armor-piercing bombs

just 50 miles off the coast

of Japan, killing 807

seamen. Total casualty figures

for the USS Franklin during

WWII were the worst for

any “surviving” U.S.

warship and second only to

that of the battleship USS


In 1948, Joe began

working for AMSCO-EXCEL

(American Sterilizer

Company) in Jamestown, N.Y.,

and remained there for 34

years, retiring as a foreman

in 1982.

Joe was a devoted husband

and the world’s best

father and grandfather. He

was loved by all who came

in contact with him over

his lifetime. He was kind,

exceedingly generous,

consistently made everyone

laugh, and was especially

noted for his unique views

on life and the world in

general that are often

referred to as “Joe

Centi-isms.” He will be

missed tremendously.

Joe is survived by his

wife, Mamie (Giambrone)

Centi, with whom he would

have celebrated their 65th

wedding anniversary on

June 5, 2013. They have

one son, Steven (Patricia)

Centi of Jamestown, N.Y.,

and grandchildren:

Matthew Centi of Tampa,

Fla., Katie Centi of San

Diego, Calif., John Centi of

Jamestown, N.Y., Megan

Centi of Jamestown, N.Y.,

and Eric Spaulding of

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He is

also survived by a

step-sister, Connie (James)

Auria of Jamestown, N.Y.

Joe was predeceased by his

parents; a step-father Frank

Mitchell; four brothers:

Domenic Centi, Charles Centi,

Salvatore Centi and

Sabbatino Centi; and a

step-sister, Mary Letizo.

A celebration of life

service will be held at 11 a.m.

on Wednesday, April 10,

2013, at the Falconer

Funeral Home, 44 W. Falconer

Street, Falconer, NY 14733.

The Rev. Cathy Smith

Chaplin of Chautauqua

County Hospice will

officiate. Friends will be

received one hour prior to the

service. Burial will be in

Mt. Olivet Cemetery,

Falconer, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers,

memorials may be sent to

the St. Susan Center, 31

Water St., Jamestown, NY,

14701, or Hospice Chautauqua

County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave.,

Lakewood, NY


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