LITTLE FALLS — Mrs. Clare Kerzic, 86, of Alexander Street and a lifelong Little Falls resident, passed away in the comfort of her daughter's home in Slingerlands on New Year's morning, Jan. 1, 2014.
Clare was born on Aug. 20, 1927, in Little Falls, a daughter of the late Dominick and Angelina (Alessandrini) Marocco. She attended Little Falls schools and was a graduate, class of 1945. She then attended the Eastman Dental Dispensary in 1946. She was employed for many years as a dental hygienist in Little Falls.
In 1952, she and John Kerzic were married in St. Joseph's Church, Little Falls, and shared a loving and devoted union of 57 years until his passing on Jan. 22, 2009.
Mrs. Kerzic was a faithful communicant of Holy Family Parish Church and a member of its Rosary Society. Blessed with a kind spirit and a call to community service, she volunteered her time at Catholic Charities.
Clare was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and her loving family mourns her passing: a son, Gary Kerzic, of Nyskayuna; daughters, Linda Hensel and her husband, Steve, of Voorheesville, Cindy Wydysh and her husband, Gordon, of Holland Patent, and Carole Kerzic and her husband, Michael Ampela, with whom she currently resided, of Slingerlands. She also leaves her adored grandchildren, Stephen and Christopher Hensel and Jared and Cory Wydysh, and a step-grandson, Bret Wydysh; a sister, Antonetta Schaffer, of Herkimer; a sister-in-law, Doris Marocco, of Little Falls; along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John; daughter-in-law, Laura (Halpin) Kerzic; her parents, Dominick and Angelina Marocco; sisters, Amelia Collis and Lydia Krutz; and her brother, Lawrence Marocco.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls. Clare's funeral will begin with a prayer service at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at the funeral home. Procession will follow to Holy Family Parish Church, where the Reverend Thomas Lawless will celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer, after Mass.
Those wishing may donate in Clare's memory to Holy Family Parish Church, East Main Street, Little Falls, NY 13365 or Catholic Charities, 61 West St., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Clare's family would like to thank Dr. Hedy Migden, Eddy VNA of Albany County, and Community Hospice of Albany County for their guidance, along with Paula Ciampolillo and Nancy Tretola for their loving care.
Kevin and Harry Enea, funeral directors, are caring for the family. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.eneafamily.com.