Dateline: Clifton Park, NY
Joseph J. Oliva Jr., age 88, died peacefully on August 10, 2022. He was born August 18, 1933, in New York City, the son of the late Joseph J. Oliva, MD and Julia Anna (Seelig) Oliva.
Upon graduation from Bayside High School in 1950, Joseph attended Cornell University and earned his BME degree and US Army Lieutenant’s commission through the ROTC Program. Following graduation, he completed radar maintenance officers’ course and was then deployed to Korea, where he commanded an Ordnance Field Maintenance company. Upon discharge, Joseph started his career at General Electric doing systems analysis assignments in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Schenectady where he finished out his career, retiring in 1998. While employed for GE, Joseph graduated from the Advanced Engineering course and was a member of the Elfun Society.
Joseph was always involved in his local communities, from his stint as a Boy Scout leader in Pennsylvania to his volunteer work with ESL. He was a member of the Rexford Volunteer Fire Department and served as Chairman of the Commissioners. Joseph enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. He also enjoyed exploring the world, traveling in his RV throughout the US and Canada, as well as extensive travel throughout Europe.
Joseph was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Robert F. Oliva, and his first wife Rhoda (Aloisio) Oliva.
Along with his wife Anne-Marie (Kunz) Oliva, he is also survived by his children Joseph J. (Suzanne) Oliva III, Anne M. (James) Carman, Susan E. (John) Greer, Stephen T. (Kristina) Oliva; step-children Donna N. (Stephen) Jensen, David R. Kunz, and Diane M. (Jason) Joyal; grandchildren Joseph J. Oliva IV, Lauren Kish, Daniel Carman, Melyssa Oliva, Adam Oliva, Nicole O’Brien, Alexander Berg, Dylan Jensen, Anthony Joyal, and Nicolas Joyal and great grandchildren, Iris O’Brien, Conor O’Brien, and Ellie Kish.
Interment with military honors will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022 at 11:00am at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY.
Donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY.