Obituary of William P. Uszenski
William P. Uszenski of the Village of Florida, NY, entered into rest on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at Valley View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was 80.
The son of the late Mary Rose Sicina and Walter Peter Uszenski, he was born on November 20, 1942 in Goshen, NY.
At the age of 9, his mother died and he went for a few years to live with is sister, Pauline and her husband Al Headley in Middletown, NY. He returned to Florida, NY to take care of his father and finished high school at Seward. His first job was working in the black dirt. He then worked part-time at Big V (now the site of the Dollar Store). He worked nights at the Ford plant in Mahwah for a short while painting cars. Night work did not suit him, so he started a 49-year career at ShopRite. For the most part, his job was in the Dairy Department. Eventually he became the Dairy Department Manager. He then transferred to Monroe ShopRite when it first opened then to the new ShopRite in Warwick until he retired in 2009 where he was just shy of working 50 years with them. When called, he would work for the Board of Elections preparing the machines for voting and delivering machines to and from election sites.
On December 5, 1966 he joined the Florida Fire Department and was active until January 6, 2020. During his time with the department, he became a line officer (Past Captain) and then the Financial Secretary of the department. He was then given the responsibility by the Fire Commissioners to maintain the newly adopted retirement incentive program for the fire district. Every year, prior to Mother’s Day, he would walk the cemeteries placing firemen flags on the graves of past fire department members. He served on the by-law committee, investigating committee, benevolent committee and worked to establish the monument next to the firehouse to honor all members, past, present and future. Bill was the first member to receive both Fireman of the Year and Outstanding Fireman of the Year. He was named Citizen of the Year in 2009 by the Florida Family Fun Fest Committee for his dedication to the community. He was also named Orange County Citizen of the Year.
Bill, also known to some as “Ushie”, for years took pride in maintaining the lawn strip in front of the ShopRite Headquarters in the Village of Florida. Aside from the lawn, he would plant hundreds of flowers to beautify the entrance of the village. He formed his own business, naming it, “The Green Thumb”. He delivered Meals on Wheels for many years. He was a member of St. Joseph Holy Name Society and the Seward Senior Citizens of Florida, NY. He had a very strong religious faith and became a Eucharistic Minister bringing prayer and communion to those who could not attend mass.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jeanne C. Mulligan Uszenski at home; son, Daniel J. Uszenski at home; brother, Joseph Uszenski of Marlboro, NY; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Pauline Headley and 4 brothers, Edward, John, Walter and Daniel.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 23rd from 2-5pm at T.S. Purta Funeral Home, 22 Glenmere Avenue, Florida, NY 10921. Firematic services will be held 4:30PM at the funeral home.
A funeral mass will be held 10:30AM Monday, April 24th at St. Joseph Church, 20 Glenmere Avenue, Florida, NY 10921.
Burial will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery, Florida, NY.
The family thanks all who gave us prayers and support, especially to Maryann & Ralph Ascione; Pat & Bob “Hessie” Heter; Marie & Michael Pillmeier and to the staff at Valley View for doing all they did for Bill during his difficult illness.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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