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The Telegram
  • John J. Macrina, Jr.

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  • HERKIMER — John J. Macrina, Jr., 78, a lifelong Herkimer resident, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. His family and friends had been at his side during his illness.
    Born in the family home on Dewey Avenue in Herkimer on Nov. 16, 1935, John was the son of the late John J. and Mildred (Lucy) Macrina, Sr. Raised and educated locally, John attended Herkimer schools and he honorably served his country with the United States Army from 1955 to 1959. He married the former Karen Goerger on June 26, 1961, in Ilion; the couple shared 52 years of commitment and unconditional love toward one another.
    John worked for many years as a cabinetmaker for Hale Manufacturing Company, Herkimer. He always maintained a high moral code and a conservative nature. John was a fine example of an honorable man and a good husband, father and role model to his family. John was an active member of the church, its activities and the jail ministry. John taught religious education for many years, held Bible studies and ministered musically to HARC residents. John expended the most energy and love as patriarch of his cherished family. Spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren came first, and he will be sadly missed.
    He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen; his children, Mark and Katie Macrina and Tony and Carol Macrina, all of Mohawk, Matthew and Sue Macrina, of Stittville, Michael and Julie Macrina, of Virginia, Michele Macrina, of Herkimer, and Daniel and Amy Macrina, of Virginia; his beloved grandchildren, Mark John and wife, Carolyn, and Carl Macrina, Brandon and Brittany Macrina, Brenna Macrina, Jacob and Adam Macrina, Antonio Morra, Noah Macrina and Sarah and Laura Yaghy; and great-grandchildren, Mackenzy and Lotus Macrina. His brother, George Macrina, of Herkimer; his sisters, Mary Bunce and husband, Don, of Ilion, and Shirley DeForrest, of Herkimer; in-laws, Dawn and Tom Groom; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins also survive him.
    Visitation will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (town of Frankfort), 894-8000.
    In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of donations may be made to the Herkimer-Mohawk Faith Food Pantry; envelopes will be available at the funeral home or send to Herkimer-Mohawk Faith, Food Pantry, P.O. Box 224, Herkimer, NY 13350.
    The family would like to thank Dr. Canary and the staff at the Herkimer Cancer Center for their great care. The family would like to also thank the Valley Health staff for the personal care that was given to John.
    John’s funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Procession will then follow to Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, where he will be laid to rest.
    Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea, funeral directors, are caring for the family. To add to John’s online condolences, please visit www.eneafamily.com.

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