Joseph A. Casale Sr., a retired electrical technician, died Saturday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a brief illness. He was 78.
Mr. Casale was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from Niagara Falls High School. He served in the Navy as a seaman first class from 1944 to 1946 and in the Naval Reserve until 1958.
Mr. Casale earned an electrical technician's degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1952. He worked at that trade for 32 years, first at the former Bell Aerospace Corp. and later at what is now the General Motors Powertrain plant in the Town of Tonawanda.
He was a longtime member of St. Leo's Catholic Church, where he served as a eucharistic minister and a member of the Apostolic Committee.
Mr. Casale was a member of the Cristoforo Colombo Society, Niagara Falls, for 57 years, including a stint as vice president.
He enjoyed gardening and making his own wine.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Anna M. Falbo; two daughters, Maria E. Stevenson Jr. of Niagara Falls and Angela Carmer of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; three sons, Michael A. and Arcangelo, both of Niagara Falls, and Joseph Jr. of Lewiston; a sister, Phyllis Ciurczak of North Tonawanda; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Leo's Church, 2748 Military Road, following prayers at 10:30 in M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls.