were assembled for this very special occasion. The building was soon finished. It is of Gothic design, of light brick, and stands clearly visible for many miles. The beautiful stained-glass windows were imported from Italy.
Father Rose retired in 1953 and lived in Utica until his death in 1960. He is buried in the Parish cemetery in Wisner where a Mass table was erected near his grave.
During the late 1960’s a new brick parsonage was constructed to replace the frame structure. In the late 1980’s air conditioning was added to the church. A handicapped accessible ramp was added to the front of the church in the 1990’s. Several stained-glass windows were added to the south side of the church over the years. A major capital campaign in 2009 made it possible for many renovations and improvements to occur. These included: replacing the tile on the roof; replacing the boiler; tuck pointing the brick; adding insulation; and repainting the interior of the church.
Three men from St. Joseph Parish have entered the priesthood. They are: Monsignor John G. McNamara, Father William McNamara, and Father Clement Irwin Kane. One seminarian, Hugh McGuire, died in a swimming accident while studying at Notre Dame.
Nine ladies from the Parish have entered the religious life. They are: Sr. M Jerome (Mary Leahy); Sr. M. Charlene (Gertrude Schule); Sr. M. Lucita (Julia Woerdeman); Sr. M. Veronica (Rena Schulz); Sr. M. Lewis (Maria Fauble); Sr. M. Patricia (Mae McGill); Sr. M. Agnese (Agnes McGill); Sr. M. Margaret Ann (Peggy McGuire); and Sr. M. Sarto (Barbara Feller Albers).
Priest who have served the parish are the following: (Reverands) James Aheren 1893-1896; E. Geary 1896-1901; F. Byrne 1901-1903; J.B. Fitzgerald 1903-1911; Micheal A. Feeney 1911; Stephen Carroll 1911-1918; Joseph Rose 1918-1953; John Connealy 1953-1965; Norbert Boland 1965-1972; Conrad Kaup 1972-1973; Aloysius McMahon 1973-1975; John Koros 1975-1987; Benedict LaRogue 1987-88; Thomas DeBacker 1988-1990; Daniel Kampschneider 1990-91; Daniel Keller 1991-1994; John Fiala 1994-1995; David Belt 1995-2000; Jeff Zyla 2000-2003; Mark Bridgeman 2003-2004; Tim Podraza; 2004-2008; Wm. Safranik 2008-2012; Joe Wray 2012-2018; Vincent Sunguti 2018 to present.