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Obituary - Mary A. Malara

Mary A. Malara

Date of Passing: February 17th, 2013

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children''s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available at church.

Mrs. Mary A. Malara, 96, of Utica, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother, entered into eternal life on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Hickory House at the Sitrin Health Care Center, with her loving family at her bedside. She was born November 26, 1916, in Utica, the daughter of the late Amadeo and Anna Talento Franchi and was a graduate of Utica Catholic Academy. At one time, Mary was married to William Lentricchia and from that union they had two daughters. In 1946, she married Vincent Malara who passed away on April 25, 1972. Mary was a nursing assistant at the former Rhoades Hospital but her most enjoyable job was her role as family care giver, raising her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Caring for her family, baking and cooking her Sunday dinners made her a very happy mother. Mrs. Malara frequently attended Historic Old St. John''s Church in Downtown Utica. Mary is survived by her two daughters and her son-in-law, Geraldine Perrotta Ling and Ronald Ling and Paulene Santino, all of Utica; her former son-in -law, Ronald T. Santino; five grandchildren, Rhonda and Tod Demulder, Frank and Patricia Perrotta, Ronald and Laurie Santino, Estelle and Michael Seakan and Vincent and Marie Perrotta; fourteen great grandchildren, Tegan, Tyler, Tosh, Franca, Gina, Raena, Joseph, Ashley, Michael, Rylee, Lainee, Vincent, Nicholas and Joseph; one great-great grandson, Tristan; a special niece and nephew, Dr. Anthony Nappi and Cynthia Nappi and Ann Parker; and several additional nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters. Calling hours for family and friends will be held on Thursday from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am by Rev. Joseph Salerno. Private interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery. Mary''s family acknowledges with gratefulness the loving care she received at the Hickory House at Sitrin, Nurse Practitioner Shirley Oddy and Kathy, Kim, Catherine, Jenna, Anne, Sarah, Tina, Cindy and Cornelia. Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Bentz & Amodio Funeral Service Inc. 470 French Road, Utica/New Hartford.