HILLSDALE, N.J. -- Joseph J. Fusco, a longtime resident of Hillsdale, died June 16, 2016. He was 87.
Fusco was born Aug. 3, 1928, in Harlem, N.Y., to the late Joseph and Santina Fusco and grew up in the Bronx.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia University and his Doctor of Medicine at New York University Bellevue College of Medicine.
After interning at Cincinnati General Hospital, he filled a medical residency at Philadelphia General Hospital.
During the Korean War, Fusco was a captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, stationed in France, where he met his wife Isabell, a registered nurse. They were happily married for 60 years.
Following further training, Fusco joined the Rip Van Winkle Clinic in Hudson, N.Y. as an internist at its Hillsdale branch and was appointed to Columbia Memorial Hospital's Department of Medicine in 1958. In 1963 he received certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine and an associate membership in the American College of Physicians, an organization of medical specialists.
After the dissolution of the clinic in 1964, he continued in private practice in Hillsdale and joined Prime Columbia Greene Medical Associates in Hudson, N.Y.
Fusco practiced medicine for 63 years, finishing his career at the Pine Haven Nursing Home in Philmont, N.Y.
He was a member of the Roeliff Jansen Lion's Club, The Potts Foundation and The Rheinstrom Foundation, supporting local individuals and activities.
He is survived by his wife, Isabell; four children, Joseph (and spouse Karen Parker), John, Frances, and Joan (and spouse Gerard Walshe); grandson Daniel; niece Maria Varunok; and nephews Yvon, Andre, Peter and Paul Varunok.
He was predeceased by his younger sister Victoria Varunok.
The family welcomes your fond remembrances of Fusco by signing the online condolences and memories book at Peck and Peck Funeral Homes.
A Celebration of Life will be conducted this summer.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Community Hospice of Columbia - Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill NY 12414 or The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale NY 12529.