Bookhout Funeral Home

357 Main St PO Box 612, Oneonta, NY


Howard Joseph

May 1, 1925January 25, 2020

Dr Howard Joseph, 94, died Saturday, January 25th at his home in Oneonta following a brief illness. He was a practicing podiatrist and served in the army in WWII. He practiced in Oneonta since 1950 and was married to Bernice Joseph for 73 years. He was man who lived life to the fullest. He was known for his generosity, curiosity, and caring for others – always giving back to the community. He always had a purpose in life, one of which was caring for his wife and family. Howard had a passion for so many things including opera, Catskill Symphony, being involved and supporting the temple, taking course at the college, travelling the world, gardening, golf, fishing, tennis, being a voracious reader and all things that sparked his curiosity and love of learning, and devotion to his many friends.

He was committed to serving the community. He was instrumental in the creation of The Community Health Center, the ARC organization and being part of business consulting team for people starting their businesses through the Small Business Association.

He was devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren who loved him will miss him every day.

He is survived by his wife, his three children and spouses: Leslie and Jesse Kalfel; Stephen and (Bresee) Joseph; David and Mary Beth (Caufield) Joseph; and grandchildren Leah, Jacob, Danny, Zachary, Trinity, and Rickie along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be a “Celebration of Life” at Temple Beth El on Chestnut Street, Oneonta, NY of February 23rd at 2pm. In lieu of flowers and cards, contributions would be welcome at Temple Beth El.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, February 23, 2020


Howard Joseph

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Ingrid Carlson

February 27, 2020

Howard and Bunny we meet in Boca Raton, Florida during our winter vacation. Little did we know they were from Oneonta and we lived in Gilbertsville, N.Y. We became great friends and shared many good conversations together. Howard loved coming to our horse farm fishing while Bunny was with her art group painting farm scenes. He loved fishing for hours. We will miss you Howard, our deepest condolences to Bunny, Steve and family.

Bill Simons

February 2, 2020

Howard was a great man.
Howard lived life with verve and enthusiasm right through those long autumn years. As a senior, he played tennis, took a stained glass course at CCAL, drove a sports car, and moved downtown.
This past fall I saw Howard "drive" his "motor chair" to the Trailways bus station and joyously greet his son.
He and Bunny provided ballast for Temple Beth El for many decades. I will miss our talks over bagels at the Temple Brotherhood breakfasts.
Howard and Bunny contributed to community life in Oneonta in so many ways. And, of course, as a podiatrist, Howard helped so many people live fuller lives.
Howard was part of the Greatest Generation. He saw combat, situated in a tank, during World War II. When I raised the topic, he was very modest, simply responding that he did his duty like so many others.
Howard had many admirable attributes--humble, compassionate, morally courageous, witty, and intelligent.
My condolences to Howard's family, particularly to his children and to this wife Bunny.
Bill Simons, Oneonta

Kelly Coughlin

January 31, 2020

On behave of my family and my mother, Roberta Sage we would like to offer our condolences on your loss. Although none of us had the opportunity to meet him, we have heard so many people say what a wonderful man he was. He was obviously a pillar of our community.

Darlene McCarthy

January 30, 2020

Howard was one of (if not THE) oldest members of our Oneonta YMCA, where I work the front desk. I was amazed at how often and diligent Howard was about coming in to swim! We will miss Howard's positive attitude and wonderful smile...very much! I saw Howard a few months ago on a scooter come right into TJMaxx (my other job) and he was zipping around, looking for an item, which we found together. What a brave man he was. I will remember Howard Joseph always. My condolences to all family members.

Frank Liberati

January 30, 2020

Dear Dr.JosephFamily,Bernice I met you and Dr Joseph back when I was the Assistant Professional at OCC in 1996.I always remember Doc when he would come in the shop and get his walking cart he used so much I’ll miss that .My deepest sympathy and prayers are for you all may god bless you . Sincerely Frank Liberati