Michael F. Lamanna, 67, of 15 W. Main St., St. Johnsville, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2004, at the St. Johnsville Nursing Home.
He was born October 10, 1936, in Little Falls, son of the late Patsy and Lyda (Roote) Lamanna Sr. and attended St. Mary's Academy in Little Falls.
Mr. Lamanna was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, enlisting on October 29, 1952. He was honorably discharged on October 28, 1957, with the rank of Sp-3.
Mike was last employed at Sentinel in St. Johnsville, and at one time worked at the Allegro Shoe Company in Little Falls for over 30 years. Mr. Lamanna was of the Catholic faith.
Mike was a member of the Hole in the Wall Gang at the H.C. Smith Benefit Club and volunteered his cooking ability for many benefits in St. Johnsville.
Mike was a quiet and caring man who gave much of himself to his many friends, and a loving and caring brother who always put his family first in his life.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Lamanna of St. Johnsville; a brother, Louis Lamanna and wife MaryJo of Williamsburg, Va.; a sister, Sharon Warn and husband Robert of Little Falls; a sister-in-law, Martha Lamanna of St. Johnsville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a brother, Patrick Lamanna, on July 20, 2002.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 29, at 2 p.m. from the Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls. Interment will be in Church Street Cemetery, Little Falls. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Thursday, April 29, from noon until the time of the services.
Ersilia "Elsie" Castrucci, 81, of 4 Lion Place, St. Johnsville, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica.
She was born November 7, 1922, in St. Johnsville, the daughter of the late Giustino (Gus) and Filomena (Iagnocco) Castrucci.
Elsie was a graduate of St. Johnsville High School, class of 1941, and the Utica School of Commerce.
Miss Castrucci was a life member of St. Patrick's Church and its Altar Rosary Society, and was an honorary member of the New York State Sheriff's Association, Palatine Settlement Society and the St. Johnsville Senior Saints. For many years, she opened the senior meetings with the Lord' Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance Salute to the Flag.
Elsie was a patron and avid reader of the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library.
She is survived by her loving sister, Alessandra (Alicia) Castrucci-Knapp, residing in New York City; many loving cousins, Marguerite Vacca of St. Johnsville, Pierre Iagnocco of Whitesboro, Frank Iagnocco of Flowersville, Michigan, Mary Ann Pacitto of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Paul Castrucci of Burlington, Vermont; and many friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 1, at 10 a.m. from the Smith-Woody and Enea Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville, and at 10:30 a.m. from St. Patrick's Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow at St. Johnsville Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Friday, April 30, from 4-7 p.m.
All memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick's Church, Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, SAVAC or to St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Mrs. Mary G. Williams, age 76, of 415 First Avenue Extension, Frankfort, passed away on Tuesday April 27, 2004 at Faxton Hospital in Utica.
She was born on January 8, 1928, in the town of Frankfort; daughter of the late Albert J. and Amalie (Novack) Greshle and was educated in Frankfort schools. She had been a lifelong area resident. Mary was united in marriage with Frederick R. Williams, who passed away in 1987. Mary had worked for many years as a secretary with Remington Arms in Ilion. She was an avid bowler, and had dedicated herself to the needs of her family.
She is survived by her children: Diana Miller & husband Jeffrey of Lansing, Kansas; Kathy Welch and husband James of Frankfort; and Frederick "Dion" Williams and his fiancee Dawn of Nelliston; brothers: Albert Greshle & wife Marge of Charlottesville, NC; and John Greshle and his wife Nancy of Anderson Island, Washington; and grandchildren: Christa & husband Dan Grunewald; Laura Miller; Andrea, Scott, & Dan Welch; Julie Ryan; and Adriene Williams; 9 great grandchildren; and In Laws: Walter & Ellie Williams of Texas, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Monday May 3, 2004 at 9:30 AM from the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street Between Frankfort & Ilion, and at 10:00 AM at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Frankfort, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will take place in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Sunday evening from 5 - 8 PM.
Kenneth W. Pokorny, age 93, a longtime Herkimer resident entered into eternal rest on Thursday afternoon, April 29, 2004 in Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion.
He was born on April 21, 1911 in New York City, NY a son of the late Edward and Leta (Seyffer) Pokorny and was educated in Bronx schools. He has resided in the Herkimer area since 1956. A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge on November 13, 1945. He served our country during campaigns that took place in Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. He served with Company H and the 355th Infantry. He received the European, African and Middle Eastern Service Medal along with the Good Conduct Medal.
On November 25, 1936, Ken joined hands in marriage with the former Margaret Harney in Yonkers. Prior to Margaret's passing on April 19, 2002, the couple shared a 65-year relationship characterized by their abiding love and sincere respect for one another, they were truly an inspiring example to their family, to their friends and to all who knew them. Together they enjoyed the surroundings of family life.
Before Ken's tenure with the Partlow Corporation, New Hartford where he was employed as a purchasing agent he held employment with UNIVAC. Ken was an honorary 25-year member of the Herkimer Elk's Lodge. It was here where he loved to share stories and be in the camaraderie of his friends. He enjoyed his membership with the Lodge until failing he alth allowed him from doing so.
Ken's foremost priority in life was his family. Deeply and dependably committed to his loved ones, he was their support, their role model and their inspiration. The wisdom of his guidance and his advice was securely rooted in his own wide-ranging knowledge and experience. He always looked and appreciated the goodness in other people and the positive of any situation. He will be most remembered for his love of the game of golf which was a lifelong hobby. Ken loved to share his "hole in one" story that took place on the Wood's Hole golf course in Massachusetts on August 9, 1957. He was proud to say that he attended the game at Yankee Stadium where Babe Ruth hit his first homerun. Herkimer residents will always remember Ken for his fun-loving personality and ability to tell a great story. He both earned and deserved the great pride he took in the many accomplishment's throughout his lifetime.
Survivors include his son, Kenneth M. Pokorny of East Herkimer, a daughter Pamela A. Vandawalker and husband Roger J. of Ilion, five cherished grandchildren, Janice L. Fahy and husband Michael of East Herkimer, Kenneth M. Pokorny II of Hempstead, NC, Rebecca A. Vandawalker and husband Bert Rice of Albany, Melissa L. Vandawalker of Boston, Roger J. Vandawalker II of Ilion, four adored great grandchildren, Michael D. Fahy, Ryan M. Fahy, Ashley A. Fahy, and Brendan John Rice, many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one sister, Ruth Pokorny.
The family invites relatives and friends to pay their respects at the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer on Saturday, May 1, 2004 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ken's funeral will commence at 12 p.m. in the chapel of the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home on Saturday morning, where prayer will be offered. Procession will follow to Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer where he will be laid to rest alongside his wife, Margaret.
Kindly consider contributions in memory of Mr. Pokorny to the Mohawk Homestead or to Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, envelopes are available at the funeral home.
The family would like to offer their deepest gratitude to all of those who took such loving care of Ken and offered much support to the family during his illness, especially mentioning his home caregivers, and the staffs at Mohawk Homestead and Mohawk Valley Nursing Home.
Members of the Herkimer Elk's Lodge are asked to gather at the funeral home at 11 am on Saturday morning to conduct their service.
Elaine Katherine Hotaling, age 42, a native of Ilion and most recently of 410 North Bellinger Street, Herkimer, passed away unexpectedly on Friday April 30, 2004 at Albany Medical Center.
She was born on February 1, 1962, in Ilion, daughter of the William E. and Elaine Kay (Meyers) Hotaling, and received her education in Richfield Springs schools. Elaine had lived in Bernards Bay and the Pulaski area for several years. She will be dearly missed by her loving family.
Survivors include: her father: William E. of Richfield Springs; seven children: Lisa Marie, James E., Stephanie, and William all of Syracuse; and twins: Kevin & Ashley of Vermont, along with a son George in Vermont; a granddaughter: Maddie; two brothers: George W. Hotaling of Richfield Springs; and James E. Hotaling and special friend Jackie of Union City, Pennsylvania; and 3 aunts: Nettie, Mary, and Joan all of Ilion, along with several cousins, along with a brother Eric and a sister Mary.
She was predeceased by her mother: Elaine in 1995.
Funeral services will be held on Wednedsay May 5, 2004 at 10:00 AM at the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street Between Ilion & Frankfort. Interment will follow in North Columbia Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, May 4 from 6 - 8 PM.
Richard E. "Ricky" Waterbury, age 41, of 123 N. Litchfield St., Frankfort and most recently a resident at Valley Health Service, Herkimer passed away peacefully on Monday morning, May 3, 2004 at that facility, following a brief illness.
He was born on August 22, 1962 in Salisbury a son of Ernest Waterbury who resides in Utica and the late Nora (Vineyard) Waterbury. Ricky received his education in Herkimer schools. He was last employed with Interstate Window Washing in East Herkimer and was of the Protestant Faith. He enjoyed membership with the Herkimer Elk's Lodge for almost 20 years. In his leisure time he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.
He leaves his father, Ernie Waterbury and wife Patricia of Utica, two brothers, Randy Waterbury and wife Lori of Herkimer and Robert Waterbury, two nieces, Alyssa and Nora Waterbury and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Vistitation at the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer will be held on Wednesday May 5, 2004 from 5-8 p.m.
Ricky's funeral will commence at 10 am on Thursday morning from the chapel of the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, Herkimer with the Rev. Patti Lawrence, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Herkimer, officiating. Procession will follow to Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer where interment will take place.
Contributions in memory of Ricky may be made to the First Baptist Church, envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home.
The family would like to offer their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Valley Health Services for the wonderful care given to Ricky during this difficult time.
Members of the Herkimer Elk's Lodge will gather at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. to conduct their service.
Mabel Kalin, 94, passed into well-deserved eternal rest on Wednesday, May 5, 2004. She was the much-loved aunt of Grace Klutschkowski and husband Manfred of Norway, NY; Anne Cole of Poughkeepsie, NY and John Kalin and wife Joann of Stormville, NY. She was predeceased by both parents and her brother, John.
She leaves behind five grand nieces and nephews and five great grand nieces and nephews.
Mabel was a life-long elementary school teacher in the NY City school system. She was also an ever-present parent figure to the three of us following the early deaths of our parents. For years she kept up a steady stream of correspondence, visits and encouragement. We shall not forget her kindness.
Our deepest appreciation goes to the staff of the Folts Home in Herkimer . They took such loving and compassionate care of Mabel over the last five years of her life.
A funeral service to celebrate Mabel's life will be held at the Wakeman Chapel in Folts Homes, Herkimer at a time to be announced with the Rev. David Oertel, Chaplain of Folts Homes officiating. Burial will be held in The Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn.
The Holleran-Enea Funeral Home of Herkimer is serving the family.
Mrs. Minerva M. Plunkett, age 91, mose recently residing with her son, Daniel Plunkett and wife Sharon at 25 W. Rand Street, and formerly a lontime resident of 5 Monroe Street, Ilion, passed away on Thursday afternoon, May 6, 2004 in Faxton Hospital, Utica. She had her loved ones at her side at the time of her passing.
She was born on October 30, 1912 in Little Falls a daughter of the late Dan and Hazel (Helmer) Farrell and was a graduate of St. Mary's Academy, Little Falls. She was united in marriage with Fred Plunkett on October 11, 1941 in St. Mary's Church, Middleville. Mr. Plunkett passed away in 1955. She was a communicant of Annunciation Church, Ilion and a member of the Catholic Daughter's. Minerva truly enjoyed spending time with ther grandchildren and will be dearly missed by her family.
Survivors include two sons: Donald Plunkett and wife Sharon of Ilion, and David Plunkett and wife Brenda of Herkimer; five cherished grandchildren: Carrie Schrader and husband Robert, Aisha Plunkett, Dylon and Colby Plunkett, Kyria Plunkett, all of Herkimer, many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother John Farrell and by a son James Plunkett.
By request of the family, there will be no public visitation. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated on Monday, May 10, 2004 at 10 am from the Annunciation Church, West Street, Ilion.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Catholic Charities, envelopes will be available in the church vestibule on Monday morning. Procession will follow to St. John's Cemetery, Newport, where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband Fred. The Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort (894-8000) is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Alexander S. Nowak, 58, of 30 Grove St., Mohawk, husband of Millie (Shaw) Nowak, father of Arlene Nowak, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 9, 2004.
He was born on November 3, 1945 in Utica, a son of Samuel and Sophie (Zientar) Nowak and was educated in Utica Schools. He furthered his education by attending Mohawk Valley Community College, obtaining an associates degree. On November 5, 1977 he was united in marriage with the former Millie Shaw in Sidney, NY. Alex was last employed as a designer with Parker Hannifin in Clyde, NY. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Herkimer.
Survivors include his mother, Sophie of Utica, his wife Millie of Mohawk, a daughter Arlene also of Mohawk, a sister Adela of Utica, his father in law Robert Shaw of Sidney, a sister in law Barbara Howes of Sidney, four brothers in law, Ralph Shaw of Sidney, Claude Shaw and wife Gianna of Fayetteville, Fred Shaw and wife Leslie of Jacksonville, FL and Stuart Murphy and wife Cynthia of Westmoreland, and many nices and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Samuel Nowak and sister Ann Murphy.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main St., between Ilion and Frankfort on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 from 6-8 pm. Alex's funeral will commence at 11 am on Thursday morning, May 13, from the Trinity Lutheran Church, Herkimer with the Rev. Alice Moberg-Sarver, pastor, officiating. Procession will follow to Holy Trinity Cemetery, Utica where he will be laid to rest.
Kindly consider honoring Alexander's memory with donation's to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Herkimer or to the American Heart Association. Envelopes may be obtained at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion/Frankfort.
Mr. John E. Hickey, Sr., age 57, of 26 Barringer Rd., Ilion, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday evening, May 20, 2004 in Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. He was surrounded with the love and support of his family at the time of his passing.
He was born on January 24, 1947 in Philadelphia, a son of the late John Joseph and Elizabeth (Leszczynski) Hickey and was educated in Philadelphia schools. John was a proud and well-decorated U.S Veteran. Upon the United States entrance into the Vietnam War, he enlisted with the U.S. Airforce on April 13, 1967 and was honorably discharged January 23, 1973, over five years of heroic service. After his discharge from the service he settled in the Mohawk Valley. On August 25, 2001 he joined in marriage with the former Linda Rulewicz in Herkimer. They have shared an abiding respect and deep commitment for one another and to raising their children. For 31 years, John was employed with Remington Arms, Ilion, retiring as manager in 2002. Throughout his career he provided the firm with conscientious and loyal service. He was a member of the Employees Mutual Association of Ilion and was formerly a trustee for the Frankfort Village Board. He was of the Catholic Faith.
In his personal life, John was a family man who derived great pride and happiness from his children, tailoring his relationship with each of them according to his understanding and his sensitivity for their individuality. As a man and as a parent whose emotions ran deep and strong, he bestowed upon his family his love, his guidance and support. He greatly enjoyed the company of his grandchildren and was appreciative of the time that he was able to spend with them. Among his many neighbors, acquaintances, and colleagues, he demonstrated a sincere and dedicated commitment to friendship. Throughout his life, he made a strong impact on other people from the help and concern that was endlessly given by him. He will be remembered by all for his fun-loving, energetic personality and for never giving up his battle.
A true sports fan he was a "die hard" S.U. fan and enjoyed watching the Philadelphia sports teams.
Survivors include his wife Linda of Ilion, a son, John Hickey, Jr. and wife Michelle of Utica, a step-son, Michael Emrich and fiance Heidi Giachetti of Jordanville a step daughter, Johanna Emrich and fiance Salvatore Barbero of Ilion, a sister Roseann Hickey of Saranac Lake, three grandchildren, Stone Emanuel Hickey, Daniel Matys, and Jacob Michael Emrich and one grandchild on the way, many aunts and uncles including Louise Walawender of Herkimer and Sister Acquinas, in-laws, Sandy Zeman and husband Dick of Herkimer, the Rev. Bob Rulewicz and wife Sandi of CT., John Mancuso and wife Laura of Florida, and Mary Rulewicz and husband Keith of Washington, many nieces and cousins. Also surviving are many dear friends, including, Kim Driscoll and Ron and Karen Charles. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Vernice and Bernadette Anderson.
The family invites relatives and friends to visitation at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort, on Saturday, May 22, 2004 from 5-8 p.m.
A funeral will commence at 12 O'Clock p.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2004 from the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion/Frankfort, with the Rev. Robert Rulewicz, officiating. Full military honors will be offered by the United States Air Force following the funeral service. Interment will be privately held at the convenience of the family.
The family extends its appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff of the 5th floor Special Care Unit at Bassett Healthcare for their outstanding compassion and care.