Official Obituary of

Fred Joseph Warnes

February 1, 2023

Fred Warnes Obituary

Fred Joseph Warnes, 90, of Endicott passed away peacefully on February 1, 2023 at the home of his daughter, Julie who lovingly cared for him over the last 8 months. Fred was born on October 16, 1932, to Peter and Luise Warnes in Hamilton, New York. He graduated from Hamilton High School in 1950 and attended Morrisville Agricultural and Technical College. After college, he joined the US Airforce and was able to spend 2 years at Hickam Airforce Base in Hawaii as an aircraft and engine mechanic. Upon completing his tour, he attended SUC at Oswego and received a Bachelor of Science in Education and he started as an Industrial Arts teacher at Union Endicott High School in 1961. After being certified in guidance through SUC at Oneonta, he started working as a counselor at Jennie F. Snapp Middle School and retired in 1994 after working in the district for 33 years. He is predeceased by his sister, Louise and mother of his children, Christina Rathbone. He is survived by the love of his life, Mary Aebli and her 2 daughters, Kathy (Tony) Luparello and Melanie (Amr). Khani. His 4 daughters, Dee (Martin) Pugliese of Buffalo, Julie Dietrich (Greg Smyder) of Chenango Bridge, Linda (Douglas) Cleek of Mahwah, NJ, Gale Elardo of Buffalo. He was a wonderful grandfather to Michelle and Jacob Pugliese, Corey, Colleen and Christian Dietrich, and Justin Cleek. He loved Mary’s grandchildren Ella and Logan Luparello and Allison and Ryan Khani like his own. Fred was a three sport athlete in high school and his love of sports carried out throughout his life. He loved attending UEHS football games and going to grandchildren’s soccer, wrestling, ice and field hockey games as well as dance recitals and musicals. He enjoyed watching golf and the Buffalo Bills. In his adult life, he played basketball, softball and lots of golf with 3 holes-in-one to his credit. Fred was a talented woodworker and mechanic and was known to be able to fix anything to his children’s delight. After retirement, he spent time reading about spirituality and diving deep to know his higher self, setting an example for all of us. Fred was also known to enjoy a light beer or two with his many longtime friends at Johnathon’s and other establishments around town. He was a kind, gentle, loving man who accepted his physical limitations at the end of his life with such amazing grace. Celebration of Life gathering will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United States Veterans’ Initiative at Arrangements are under the direction of Root Funeral Home, 23 N. Chenango St, Greene, NY 13778 and condolences may be sent to the family at

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