Joseph J. Schuck
UNADILLA — Joseph “Fr. Joe” Schuck, 87, of Unadilla, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Oneonta.
He was born son of the late Frederick and Anna (Bluemke) Schuck in Brooklyn. Joe graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1945, and attended two years at Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception Preparatory Seminary in Brooklyn; he was accepted to study for the priesthood and was assigned to the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, Long Island. He was ordained a priest on June 6, 1953.
Fr. Joe was first assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Queens, he served the Parish for 22 years and was then appointed to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Woodhaven-Ozone Park.
In 1976, he moved to the family dairy farm in Afton, and served the Sacred Heart Parish in Sidney and its mission stations of St. Ambrose in Unadilla, and St. Paul in Franklin until 2003.
Fr. Joe was a dedicated advocate of Boy and Girl Scouting. In 1978, he joined Boy Scout Troop 88 and served as past Catholic Chaplain of Otschodela Council and past chairman of the Scouter Development Program of the Catholic Committee on Scouting in the Albany Diocese. Fr. Joe was recipient of the Silver Beaver in 1986. Also in 1978, he joined Girl Scout Troop 33 in Sidney and held many administrative positions. He was awarded the Thanks Badge II in 1989.
Fr. Joe was an active member of the Grange. He was a past member of the Afton and Bainbridge and the chaplain for the Norwich Grange. In 1982, he was elected chaplain of the Chenango County Pomona Grange No. 29 and in 1987, was elected chaplain of the New York State Grange, a position he held for over 16 years. In 2000, Fr. Joe was presented the Gerald Eastman Award.
He is survived by nieces and nephews, Joanna and Edward Bulgin, Sag Harbor, Michael Gregory III, Mount Upton, Carole and Robert Ostrander, Masonville, John Gregory and Linda Oliva, Patterson, Mary and Henry Obwald, Schenectady, Paul Gregory, Sidney; and great-nieces and -nephews, LeeAnn, James, Audry, Ian, Courtney, Nina, Isaac, Jacob, and Abigail.