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The Telegram
  • Esther R. Feliciano

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  • FRANKFORT — Esther R. Feliciano, age 71, a resident of Frankfort Street in Frankfort, passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Folts Homes of Herkimer.
    She was born on July 11, 1942, in Utica, a daughter of the late Vito and Iva (Stefanini) Distante and was educated in Utica schools. She was a graduate of T.R. Proctor High School, class of 1960. She was united in marriage to Charles A. Feliciano who died July 6, 2013. She worked at Broadacres Nursing Home in Utica and went on to work with the House of Good Shepherd of Utica where she retired as a secretary. Esther enjoyed her camp at the St. Lawrence River at King's Point very much. Her greatest pleasure was her excitement while fishing and the anticipation over a small or large fish. She also loved her dog Willie who looked so much like the dog on television Benji.
    She is survived by her children, Robert LaBella (Mary Ellen) of Herkimer, James LaBella and wife, Patricia, of Marcy, Liza LaMay of Utica and Lori Green (Richard) of Utica; her siblings, a brother Samuel Distante of Webster; sisters, Karen Collins (Mike) of Ilion and Rosanne Distante of Rochester; grandchildren, Bobby, Theresa, Danielle, Anthony, Stephanie, Johnna, Adreana, Andrew, Jessica, Michelle and John; several nieces, nephews cousins and her aunt, Jenny Brown of Clinton who was very close with Esther.
    Beside her parents her son, Joseph Jellencich, preceded her in death.
    Funeral services will be held on Saturday evening, March 15, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (town of Frankfort), with the Rev. Jeanne Klumbalek, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Utica, officiating. Spring interment will take place in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Saturday two hours prior to the service, 4 until 6 p.m.
    Those wishing to remember Esther in a special way are asked to consider a donation to Folts Homes, 104 N. Washington St., Herkimer, NY 13350. Envelopes are available at the Enea Family Funeral Home. The family is very appreciative of the loving care extended by Folts Homes.
    An online memorial page has been established at www.eneafamily.com in honor of Esther. Funeral directors Harry and Kevin Enea, 894-8000, are serving the family.
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