Mary Veronica Gartner, 95, a longtime Little Falls resident, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 at her home with the love and support of her son at her side.
Born in Little Falls on April 15, 1918, Mary was the daughter of the late Peter and Josephine (Piniaha) Yestremski. Raised and educated locally, she attended St. Johnsville schools. On June 29, 1940 she married Frank G. Gartner at St. Marys Church in Little Falls; sharing 66 years of a wonderful and loving relationship filled with great affection and admiration until his passing on Sept. 28, 2006.
Mary worked for many years as a dressmaker for P & K in Little Falls. She enriched the lives of her family with her kindness, caring, generosity and unending devotion to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a revered member of her family and will always be remembered for her wonderful smile, great cooking and her wizardry in creating clothes with her sewing machine. Mary was a devoted parishioner of Holy Family Parish, Little Falls.
She is survived by her loving children, Robert, of Sterling, Va., and her daughter, Carole Ehlinger, and son-in-law, Jim, of Colts Neck, N.J.; her cherished grandchildren, Christine McDonough, and husband, Dan, Catherine, and James Ehlinger, Jr.; her adoring great granddaughters, Allison, Megan and Katelyn McDonough, who will miss her amazing spirit, her cooking, sewing lessons and playing with the toys and dolls at her house. Mary is also survived by her sister, Katherine Roginski, of Mohawk; her in-law, Mary (Mimi) Gartner; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary was predeceased by her brothers, Tony Yestremski, and Michael and Joseph who died at birth, and her sisters, Stella Matis, Caroline Edwards, Blanche Hajczewski, Gertrude Nellis and Veronica Ostasz.
In lieu of floral arrangements, expressions of sympathy in the form of donations may be made to Holy Family Parish, Little Falls; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The family will receive friends and relatives at Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls (823-2424), on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. Marys funeral service will commence on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 beginning with prayer at 10:15 a.m. from the chapel of the funeral home and at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, corner of Main and John streets, Little Falls, where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Thomas Lawless, pastor. Procession will then follow to St. Marys Cemetery, town of Herkimer, where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband Frank.
Marys family has entrusted all funeral arrangements to Harry and Kevin Enea. To leave an online note of sympathy, please visit www.eneafamily.com.
The family tree can be viewed at: http://www.abeling.org/TNGweb/getperson.php?personID=I354&tree=tree