Michael J. Muscarella, passed away peacefully on the morning of Thursday, January 4, 2024 at the age of 91.
Born March 19, 1932 in Batavia, Mr. Muscarella grew up on his family’s farm in Bethany. He was a son of the late Michael J. and Valeria (Kaska) Muscarella. A veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Muscarella served in the US Army from 1952-1954. Returning home he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. A man known for his hard work, Mr. Muscarella was a lifelong farmer. In 1977 he purchased Eagle Harbor Orchards in Albion where he lived and farmed until old age. He was also a retired corrections officer at Albion Correctional Facility. Mr. Muscarella served as the NYS Farm Bureau Marketing Manager and for many years could be heard broadcasting his reports on WHAM 1180 AM radio station. Outside of farming Mr. Muscarella had a passion for flying. He held his private pilot’s license for many years and owned several small aircraft including a vintage Aeronca Champion. He was a charter member of the Bethany Airport. Mr. Muscarella was also a dog lover.
Mr. Muscarella was predeceased by his beloved wife, Frances E. (Kime) Muscarella in 2006 and a brother, Jack Muscarella who died in youth.
Left to cherish his memory are three children, Michael (Joyce) Wright of Medina, Patrick (Carla) Wright of Gainesville, VA and Valeria Muscarella of Albion; grandchildren, Jessica (Benjamin) Decker, Emily Wright, Katherine (Jeremy) Cortash, Stephanie (Cameron) Hattan and Matthew (Deniz) Wright; ten great-grandchildren; brothers, Joseph (late Stephanie) Muscarella of Port St. Lucie, FL and Robert (Kayleen) Muscarella of Point Breeze; also many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the loving care and help given by friends and family, making it possible to live at home until just recently and also a special thanks to the staff at Orchard Manor Rehab & Nursing Center for their compassionate care during his final days.
Per his wishes, there will be no formal services at this time. The family will host a celebration gathering at a later date in the spring. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina.