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  • Bernard (Bernie) Sagatis

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  • MOHAWK Bernard (Bernie) Sagatis, 84, a lifelong Little Falls resident, passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014, at Little Falls Hospital.
    Born in Little Falls on Nov. 12, 1929, Bernie was the son of the late Bruno and Blanche (Mazurski) Sagatis. Raised and educated locally, he attended Van Hornesville schools. On Aug. 22, 1953 he was united in marriage to the former Jean (Jeanie) Heafey with whom he shared 60 years of love and devotion. In September 1955 he enlisted in the United States Army and honorably served his country until August 1961.
    Bernie worked for many years in farming with his father. Later in his working career, he worked as a mechanic for the Herkimer County Highway Department and also worked for more than 30 years with Slabe Sales and Service, Little Falls. In his leisure time, he found much enjoyment in flying airplanes and had been a member of the Experimental Air Craft Association. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, spending time camping at Pine Lake and boating.
    He is survived by his wife, Jeanie; his beloved son and daughter-in-law, William and Linda Sagatis of Little Falls; his cherished grandsons, William Sagatis, Jr. and Steven Sagatis, both of Little Falls; his brothers, Edward Sagatis and wife, He Sun, of Hawaii, and John Sagatis and wife, Kathryn, of Little Falls; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
    He was predeceased by a sister, Helen Reardon.
    Expressions of sympathy in the form of donations may be made to the Herkimer County Humane Society in Bernie's memory; envelopes will be available at the service.
    Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial graveside service on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Polish National Catholic Cemetery, town of Herkimer, with military honors accorded.
    Bernie's family is being cared for by the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls, 823-2424, Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea, funeral directors. To add to his online condolences, please visit www.eneafamily.com.
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