Joseph Wortman
Joseph Wortman
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Obituary of Joseph H Wortman

Joseph Harold Wortman, 99 of New York, New York passed on Monday April, 29th 2019 at the age of 99.

Joseph was born to William Wortman and Helen Oderwald on January 1st, 1920, in Bronx, New York.  He graduated from Livingston Manor High School in 1937 and received a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration from Pace University in 1972 and a Master’s Degree of Science from Woodbury University in 1975. He proudly served in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant during World War II from 1944 to 1946.  Joseph married Sarah Finnegan in 1941, and they lived happily together for 63 years in New York, New York and Los Angeles, California.  His professional, bicoastal career spanned many years working for Atlantic Richfield and then BP Oil in sales and marketing.

Joseph is preceded in death by his parents William and Helen Wortman; Wife Sarah Wortman; Sister Muriel Kingston; Brothers John, Vincent, Frederick and Robert Wortman.  He also leaves to cherish his memory his sister Jeanne Cockren. 

Loving Uncle to 12 Nieces and Nephews, and generations of great and great, great nieces and nephews - He is known to his family, friends and local community as “Uncle Joe”.  A true gentleman, devout member of the Church of Epiphany, member of the Adult Choir at the Church of Epiphany, and a member of the Peter Cooper Village Community for over 35 years.  You could see him outside whenever the weather permitted – always with a smile, and dressed to perfection.  His day was not complete without a trip to the local diner.  “Uncle Joe” treasured his family, faith, music and friendships above all else. 

A wake is scheduled for Wednesday May 1st from 2pm to 4pm and from 7pm to 9pm at The Gannon Funeral Home – 152 East 28th Street, New York, New York.  A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for Thursday May 2nd at The Church of the Epiphany – 375 2nd Avenue at 22nd Street, New York, New York.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that loving donations be made to The Friends of Music at The Church of the Epiphany.