Mr. Emileo "Fonzie" Lorenzoni, age 83, a lifelong resident of Little Falls, passed away peacefully on Saturday July 17, 2004 at Valley Health Services in Herkimer.
He was born on November 29, 1920 in Little Falls, son of the late Nello and Cesira (Fenni) Lorenzoni and received his education in Little Falls schools. He was a World War II Veteran of the United States Army Air Corps, having enlisted on Aug. 10, 1942. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 31, 1946, and upon relief from active duty was the recipient of an American Theater Ribbon, a Good Conduct Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal. Fonzie joined in marriage with Amelia L. "Emily" Grande on November 6, 1948 at St. Anthony's Church in Herkimer with Rev. Gustav Purificato officiating. The couple had shared in a blessed union of over 45 years until the passing of Emily on July 19, 1994.
Fonzie had worked with numerous area construction companies, as he was a carpenter by trade. He had last worked full time with RIMM Construction in Herkimer. He was a member of the Holy Family Parish, along with the Carpenter's Local Union. He was also involved with the former St. Joseph's Men's Club, and was a member of the DeCarlo Staffo Post #8, Little Falls.
He is survived by his beloved family, including his son: James Lorenzoni and his wife Lisa of Little Falls; a daughter Karen McGrail and her husband Thomas of Herkimer; two granddaughters: Maria and Emily Lorenzoni; a sister Valerie Tooley of Little Falls; two brothers: John Lorenzoni and Rudy Lorenzoni both of Little Falls; several nieces nephews, cousins and In Laws: Mary (Grande) Cumm of Herkimer, Claudine Grande of Herkimer; and Italo Grande and wife Caroline of Little Falls.
He was predeceased by his three brothers: Albert & Joseph Lorenzoni, and Frederick Lawrence and two sisters: Jane Hayner and Angie Lorenzoni.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday July 20, 2004 at 10:00 AM at the Enea Funeral Home, 24 West Monroe Street Little Falls and at 10:30 AM at Holy Family Parish Church, corner of East Main & John Sts. Little Falls where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Herkimer.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Monday (Tonight) from 5 - 8 PM.
Those wishing may consider donations in his memory to either the Holy Family Parish or to the Valley Health Services Development Fund.
The family extends their gratitude to the Valley Health Services and to the Country Manor of Herkimer for the professional care and compassion offered.
Ray Larkin Wiers, Jr., passed away on Tuesday July 20, 2004. He was 77 years old.
Ray was born in Fonda, NY on December 2, 1926, the son of Ray Larkin & Charlotte (Benedict) Wiers. He graduated from Canajoharie Central School.
Ray enlisted in the US Army in December of 1946 and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in December of 1949 after serving in the European Theater.
Upon returning from the service, Ray was joined in holy matrimony to Irene Allen on February 9, 1951 in Canajoharie in a loving union that spanned 53 years.
Ray is survived by his loving wife, Irene; his brother, Robert Wiers of Herkimer; and two sisters; Ann Wiers of North Carolina and Mary Johnson of Canajoharie. He is also survived by his daughters, Cathy Conant and husband Paul of Mohawk, & Cindy Stagliano and husband Frank of St. Johnsville, his son, Steven Wiers and fiance' Sondra Butcher of Rome, NY. Ray had 4 grandchildren, Paul R. Conant and wife Jennifer Gazak of Scotia, NY, Matthew Conant of Ilion, and Malinda and Alissa Stagliano of St. Johnsville.
He was pre-deceased by his brothers, Donald, Fred & Richard Wiers, and a sister, Carol Bussing.
Ray was owner of Lovier's Dairy on Caroline St. in Herkimer with his brothers Fred, Robert & Richard. He also worked for Hennessey's and Canteen Vending. He was partners with his brother Bob installing many in-ground swimming pools and providing service work. Ray was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Herkimer, and was also a member of the Herkimer VFW and the Herkimer American Legion. He was also a past member of the Herkimer Elks Lodge #1439.
Ray was an avid New York Yankee fan and loved to go the Bills games. Ray gave and received incomparable love through the family and all through his life was highly respected member of the community.
Mr. Wiers will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, NY with full military honors on Friday July 23, 2004 at 11:00 am with Reverend Wrightson Tongue, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Herkimer, officiating. Calling hours will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by the Holleran - Enea Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to St. Jude's Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Millie (Ferrone) Seery, 91, of 82 W. Main St., Mohawk, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday morning, July 21, 2004 in St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Utica, with her children at her side.
She was born on January 14, 1913 in New York City, a daughter of the late Palmo and Mary (Nunno) Ferrone and was educated in New York City Schools. She came to the Mohawk Valley in 1979. She was last employed by the Rickie Knitting Mill in Queens, NY. She was a member of the Mohawk Senior Citizens. Millie enjoyed cooking and puzzles in her leisure time.
She leaves two children, Daniel V. Seery of Mohawk and Mary Ann Cusworth of Mohawk, two sisters, Lena Serlin and husband Max of Bronx, NY and Fanny Guardino of West Islip, Long Island, her grandchildren, William H. Cusworth, III and wife Heidi of Seattle, WA., Daniel J. Cusworth and wife Vicki of Ilion, Camille Rehm and husband Phil of Whitehall, NY, Mark Cusworth and wife Carol of Mohawk and Michelle Seery of Queens, NY, three great grandchildren, Johna, Hannah and Rachel Cusworth. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Vito Ferrone and by two sisters, Rose Cosentino and Angelina Marino.
In keeping with the wishes of Millie, there will be no public calling hours or funeral service. Arrangements were made by the Enea Family Funeral Home.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Mohawk Senior Citizens, envelopes may be obtained by contacting the Graves-Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Main St., Mohawk (866-2161).
Richard "Allan" Palmer, 64, of 2 Riverside Ave., passed away on Saturday morning, July 24, 2004 at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Albany with his loving family at his side.
He was born on January 10, 1940 in Little Falls, a son of the late Walter K. Palmer, Sr. and Alice (Malone) Palmer and graduated with the St. Mary's Academy, class of 1957. He enlisted with the United States Navy on January 15, 1959 and was honorably discharged on May 27, 1964. He was once united in marriage with the former Carol Diodati. Allan retired from P & C Supermarket in 2002 after 40 years of dedicated service and he held memberships with the Loyal Order of the Moose in Oneonta and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Oneonta. Allan was a loving father and grandfather.
Survivors include four children, Scott Palmer and wife Cindy of Burlington, N.C., David Palmer and wife Donna of Latham, Michele Kerin and husband Michael of Colonie, Sharon Barron and husband David of Latham, his grandchildren, Dana and Ryan Palmer of Burlington N.C., Ashley Surprenant and Taylor Palmer of Latham, Courteney and Shannen Kerin of Colonie, Christopher and Matthew Barron of Latham, three brothers, Kenneth Palmer and wife Barbara of Little Falls, James Palmer and wife Janet of Sparks, Nevada, and Walter Palmer, Jr. of Little Falls, a sister in law, Laura Lee Palmer of MA., many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Malone Roy, father, Walter Palmer, Sr., step father, Kazmier Roy and his long time partner, Joan Page.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls on Monday (today), July 26, 2004 from 5- 8 p.m.
Allan's funeral will begin at 10:15 am on Tuesday morning from the chapel of the funeral home where prayer will be offered and 11 am from Holy Family Parish, corner of E. Main and John Streets, Little Falls where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Ligato, pastor. Procession will follow to St. Mary's Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. Kindly consider contribution in Allan's memory to the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospice Unit, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.
Mrs. Odette A. Orendorf, 84, of 3 New York St., Mohawk, entered into eternal rest on Saturday morning, July 24, 2004 in St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. She had the love and support of her family at her side at the time of her passing.
She was born on December 22, 1919 in Cormeilles, France, a daughter of the late Fernand and Suzanne Maillard Prevot and was educated in schools in France. Odette met her husband, Alfred E. Orendorf in France and they were married on June 1, 1946. They enjoyed a blessed union of 50 years until the time of his passing on January 5, 1997. She was last employed as a seamstress in Mohawk and was a communicant of Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church, Herkimer. She was a member of the Ilion V.F.W Ladies Auxillary. As a loving, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she was always attentive to the needs of her loved ones. In her leisure time she enjoyed bingo, bowling and loved to crochet.
She is survived by three beloved daughters, Marcelle Tomaszewski and husband Paul of Weedsport, NY, Harriett Tangorra and husband Cosimo of Herkimer and Mary Belmont and companion Roy Harter of Richfield Springs, two sisters in France, Paulette Prevot-Burton and Lucienne DuMais, nine cherished grandchildren, William Carpenter and wife Cheryl, Rene Musso and husband Mark, Jodie Baliva, Paul Tomaszewski, all of Weedsport and Matthew Tomaszewski of Minnesota, Cosimo Tangorra and wife Mary Lourdes of Ilion, Philip Tangorra and wife Rosanne of Frankfort, Cara Suzanne Tangorra and fiance Edward Johnson of Herkimer, Paul Joseph Belmont and companion Jodie Skibinksi of Frankfort, ten adored great grandchildren, Stephine, Andrea, Brandon, Tonya, Morgan, Jordyn, Logan, Kayleigh, Cosimo and Gabrielle. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins both in France and in the United States of America. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Marcel, Paul, Ernest and Roger and by a sister, Georgette Lacroix.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 from 5-8 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort, (894-8000). Mrs. Orendorf's funeral will commence at on Wednesday morning, July 28, 2004 at 8:15 am from the Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion/Frankfort where prayer will be offered and at 9:00 amfrom Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church, South Main St., Herkimer where her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Ligato, pastor. Funeral procession will follow to Mountain View Cemetery, town of Little Falls where she will be laid to rest with her husband, Alfred.
Kindly consider contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, (Mohawk Valley Chapter) or to a charity of your choice. Donations may be made at the funeral home.
Members of the Ilion V.F.W. Auxillary will gather at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. to pay their respects. Board members of the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross are respectfully asked to gather at the funeral home at 7: 00 p.m. to pay their respects.
Clark F. Mosher, 78, of 203 East German St., Herkimer, formerly of Ilion, died at 11:53 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion.
He was born Jan. 4, 1926, in Salisbury, N.Y., the son of Clark W. and Florence (Phelps) Mosher and attended Dolgeville schools. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. On Oct. 24, 1964, he was married to Doreen Durfey in Winsted, Conn. Clark was employed as a lieutenant in the training division for the New York State Department of Correctional Services for 22 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was a counselor in its Herkimer Branch Presidency and also served on the activities committee. He also was a member of the Ilion Masonic Lodge and the Mohawk American Legion. Clark did volunteer work for Catholic Charities in the RSVP program and was a teacher of the 55 Alive program. He was also a volunteer at the Mohawk Valley General Hospital snack bar and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society.
Clark loved his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and liked helping people. He also enjoyed writing poems and was interested in local history.
Survivors include his wife, Doreen; four daughters and one son-in-law, Kelly Mosher and Karen Bowman, both of Ilion, Kathy Smith and Carol and Ray Moreno, all of Denver, Colo.; his son, Gary Lince of Utica; his sister, Laura Claus of Little Falls; his brother Arthur Mosher of Dolgeville; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his son, Michael in 1986 and his brother, Leslie Mosher.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Gros Boulevard, East Herkimer, with Branch President Hollis Bunker Sr. officiating. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion.
Calling hours are Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and Thursday from 1-2 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
The family wishes to thank the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home staff for the excellent care given to Clark.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home Foundation. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion.
Christian M. Celi, 28 years of age, of 19 John St., Ilion, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 6, 2004 at 3:53 a.m. in St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Utica. Chris had the love and comfort of his family by his side at the time of his passing.
He was born on September 17, 1975 in Ilion, son of Christian S. Celi of Ilion and Kimberley A. Grippe who resides in Frankfort. Chris graduated from Herkimer High School and has been a lifelong Ilion resident. He was raised and baptized in the Catholic Faith.
The first and foremost priority in his life was his family and friends. His loyalty to them was steadfast, loyal and unconditional. A man of many admirable quality, Chris possessed great strength of character. He truly enjoyed the times that were centered around his loved ones and was respected by many as a loving father and also as a best friend. To know him was to love him.
He leaves his parents, Chris Celi and Kim Grippe, his 3 month old daughter, Madison, paternal grandparents, Samuel and Ada Celi of Herkimer, maternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary Alice Grippe of Frankfort, his loving companion, Sandy McAllister of Ilion, three sisters, Kimberley Celi, Rochelle Celi, Tiffany Celi-Jones, a brother, Michael Paul Celi all of Ilion, all who loved him very much, and were extremely close to him, his godparents, Charlie Celi of Herkimer and Karen Rumrill of Frankfort. Also surviving is a nephew, Thaddeus Jones, III of Ilion, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends including, Ken Dineen of Herkimer, Tami Sterling of Ilion, Tom Debrango of Herkimer, Alier Magog, Terence Carson of Ilion and Lisa Arcuri of Herkimer. He was predeceased by his paternal great grandmother, Ida Celi.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects to the family on Sunday, August 8, 2004 from 6-8 p.m at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main St., between Frankfort and Ilion.
Chris's funeral will commence at 8:15 am on Monday morning, Aug. 9, from the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home, Frankfort/Ilion where prayer will be offered thence to Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Frankfort St., Frankfort where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 am by the Rev. Alfred Lamanna, pastor emeritus. Procession will follow to Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort, where he will be laid to rest.
The family would like offer their deepest gratitude to everyone who expressed such wonderful care and concern during this difficult time.
Beverly A. "Bev" McEachern, 66 a long time Herkimer resident, passed away unexpectedly on Friday August 6, 2004, at her home.
She was born November 3, 1937 in Utica, NY the daughter of the late Carl & Bethal (Crow) Falvey. Bev attended Redford Free School, and graduated from Pulaski Academy High School in 1955, and furthered her education at Albany State University, graduating in 1959.
Her marriage to William McEachern took place on August 11, 1962 at St. Mary's Church in Florence, NY.
Mrs. McEachern was a member of the Church of Sts. Anthony & Joseph in Herkimer, and was also a member of the Herkimer Elks Ladies Auxiliary.
Bev was also active in the Boy Scout of America, General Herkimer Council where she received many awards.
Bev was a loving and caring person, having a special place in her heart for her husband, children and her cherished grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, William "Bill", 2 sons, Shawn McEachern of Jackson, Wyoming, & Timothy McEachern and wife Andrea of Spencertown, NY; a daughter Tracy Tassinari and husband Samuel of Spencertown, NY; a brother Charles Falvey and wife Susan of Saco, Maine, a sister, Patricia Sagnella and husband Pasquale of Mattydale, NY 5 grandchildren, William, Frieda, Emma, Jack & Alice, and several nieces & nephews. She is also survived by her in-laws, Elizabeth and Morris Volk of East Herkimer, & Jane Smith of New Jersey.
Funeral services will be held on Monday August 9, 2004 at 9:30 am from the Holleran - Enea Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer, and at 10:00 am from the Church of Sts. Anthony & Joseph where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Anthony Ligato, pastor. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Florence, NY.
Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Sunday August 8, 2004 from 5-8 pm. All memorial contributions in Bev name may be made to the Revolutionary Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Members of the Herkimer Elks Ladies auxiliary are asked to meet at the funeral home on Sunday evening at 6:00 pm for services.
Mr. Paul B. Reed, age 91, a longtime resident of Mohawk, passed away on Friday August 6, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica.
He was born on September 7, 1912 in Kirkland, Ny the son of Claude and Maude (Thompson) Reed. Paul joined in marriage with Lucille E. Burton on November 21, 1936 in West Winfield, a loving union of 67 years together. Paul was a self employed contractor in the Mohawk area. He was a member of the Mohawk Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife: Lucille E.; his son: James T. Reed and his wife Constance (Higby) of Fairport, NY; his grandchildren: Victoria Reed Schubert of Zurich, Switzerland; and Kirsten Reed of California; his brother: Robert Reed of Deland, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two sisters: Dorothea Barton, and Shirley Hanson.
There will be no public visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at a later time to be determined by the family. Final intermenty will take place in the family plot at Mohawk Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may considered to the Valley Health Services, 690 East German Street, Herkimer, NY 13350. Envelopes may be obtained at the Enea Family Funeral Home.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street Between Ilion & Frankfort (894-8000).
Mrs. Ida T. Weber, 82, formerly of Herkimer, entered into eternal rest on Monday afternoon, August 9, 2004 in St. Joseph's Nursing Home, Utica.
She was born on October 14, 1921 in Herkimer, daughter of the late Joseph and Theodora Zaleski and was educated in Herkimer schools. She was united in marriage with Zygmunt Weber on February 16, 1952. Mr. Weber passed away in October of 1975. Ida was last employed with the former Montgomery Wards Department Store in Herkimer. She was a communicant of the former St. Joseph Church, Herkimer and a past member of the church rosary society.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph Weber and wife Illece of Agoura Hills, CA , Leon Weber and wife Barb of Sandwich, MA, a daughter, Chris Weber Mangini and husband Robin of Cassville, NY, a sister Charlotte Bednarczyk and husband Lawrence of Utica, a sister in law, Adeline Zaleski, five grandchildren, Ashley, Abigail, Sara, and David Weber and Danielle Mangini. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many close friends. Preceding Ida in death were two brothers Joseph Zaleski and Adam Zaleski, a sister Helen Bell and a sister in law Stella Zaleski.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer on Thursday, August 12, 2004 from 5-8 p.m.
Ida's funeral will commence at 9:15 am on Friday, August 13, from the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, Herkimer, where prayer will be offered and at 10:30 a.m. from the St. Joseph Nursing Home Chapel, Utica where her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Funeral procession will follow to Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer where intermenty will take place.
Kindly consider contributions in memory of Ida to St. Joseph Nursing Home. Donations may be made at the funeral home.
The family would like to offer their deepest gratitude to the staff and residents at St. Joseph's Nursing Home, Utica for their tender love and care.