Mr. Nicholas J. Piacente, 81, of 260 N. Main St., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Bassett Health Care, with his family by his side.
He was born in Herkimer on Jan. 29, 1932, the son of the late Dominick and Domenica Minnie Losito Piacente, and he attended Herkimer schools. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Nick was employed in the Saw Mill of Library Bureau, Herkimer, for many years. Nick was also employed by Heidelberg Bakery and retired in 2000. He was a communicant of Saints Anthony and Joseph Church and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4915 and the Polish Community Home. He was a very hard worker, and he had an artistic ability and loved to draw. He loved to make people laugh and dance.
Nick is survived by five daughters and two sons-in-law, Cindy Rook, of Sterling, Lori and Michael Adukiewicz, of Herkimer, Mary Ann and Brian Stone, of Cedarville, Cathy Trevor, of Glens Falls, and Dawn Edick, of Herkimer; two sons, Nicholas Piacente and John Piacente, both of Florida; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Effie Piacente, of Waterford; three grandchildren, Crystal Hall and her fiancee, David Comstock, James Galusha, of Herkimer, and Christopher Talma, of Ilion; four great-grandchildren, Caesar Mallace, Tarian Galusha, Jameson Galusha and Montana Shorer; three dear friends, Kim Ryan, of Herkimer, and Candy Fuller and Susan Slabe, both of Ilion; a very special adopted daughter, Ann Marie and her husband, Herb Pascone, of Herkimer; his three feline fury angels (his nurses), Faith, Hope and Jo Jo, and Jizzy who greeted him in heaven; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two sisters, Raffaela Battaglia and Mary Gizowski.
His funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. from the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home, 329 S. Washington St., Herkimer, and at 9:30 a.m. in Saints Anthony and Joseph Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Thomas Lawless. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday, 2 to 6 p.m., at the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Nicholas’ online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com.