Frances Mlekoday, 88, a lifelong Herkimer resident, passed away on Monday, Aug, 19, 2013, in St. Elizabeth Medical Center, with the love and support of her family.
Born in Little Falls on Feb. 12, 1925, Frances was the daughter of the late John and Helen (Malinowski) Witkowski. She was raised and educated locally. On Aug. 2, 1946, she was united in marriage to Joseph Mlekoday in St. Joseph's Church, Richfield Springs, sharing 44 years of love and respect until his passing in January 1991.
Frances enjoyed being a homemaker, and providing for her family at home was the source of strength and comfort to her. She was a loving mother and an adored grandmother, playing cards with her granddaughters being one of her favorite pastimes. She also enjoyed gardening and sewing and had a great admiration for flowers. She was happiest when surrounded by her loved ones. Frances was a member of Saints Anthony and Joseph Church, Herkimer.
She is survived by her beloved son, Joseph Mlekoday and wife, Barbara, of Herkimer; her cherished granddaughters, Helen and Marianne Mlekoday, of Herkimer; her brothers, William Witkowski, of Rochester, Charles Witkowski, of Palatine Bridge, Stanley Witkowski, of Herkimer, John Witkowski and special friend, Peg Singer, of Tucson, Ariz.; along with her sisters, Clara Sarafin and husband, John, of Herkimer, and Stephanie Greseck and husband, Stanley, of Richfield Springs. She also leaves a sister-in-law, Helen Witkowski, of Orlando, Fla., and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Edward Witkowski, and sisters, Julia Smagalski, Stella Witkowski and Edna Orcheski.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer (866-1011).
In lieu of floral arrangements, those wishing to express an act of kindness in the form of a memorial contribution may consider Saints Anthony & Joseph Church, Herkimer; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Frances' funeral on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, beginning with prayer at 8:45 a.m. at the funeral home and at 9:30 a.m. at Saints Anthony & Joseph Church, South Main Street, Herkimer, where her funeral Mass will celebrated by the Rev. Thomas Lawless, pastor. Procession will follow to Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, where she will be laid to rest.
The family is being cared for by Harry J. Enea, funeral director. To add to her online memorials, please visit www.eneafamily.com.