A long–time pastor at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Oneonta passed away Friday, April 15th at A. O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta with his family at his bedside. Reverend Joseph Benintende was 72 years old. Father Joe served as the Associate Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta in the mid 1980'S, then went to churches in Herkimer and Ilion before returning back to St. Mary’s of Oneonta.  He served as their Pastor until his retirement. Visitation will be held today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend Street in Walton.