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  • Mrs. Frances A. Slabe, age 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

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  • Mrs. Frances A. Slabe, age 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
    She was born on Aug. 11, 1922, in Little Falls, daughter of the late Frank and Frances (Skubitz) Novak. She was of the Catholic faith. Frances graduated from Little Falls High School with the Class 1939, at age 16. She volunteered as a nurse's aide for the American Red Cross during World War II. June 29, 1946, marked the start of a blessed union shared with dedication and companionship when Frances was united in marriage with John L. Slabe in St. Mary's Church, Little Falls. The couple shared over 50 years of marriage until John's passing on Jan. 30, 2001.
    Frances was the business manager of Slabe's Sales and Service on Flint Avenue Extension, Little Falls; a business which she and John founded in 1948. They started this successful venture by building a small automotive repair shop that grew in time to become a large dealership for International Harvester trucks, Jeeps and American Motor cars. They gained the respect and loyalty of their customers for over 40 years.
    Frances' primary source of joy and pride in life was her family. She was a devoted wife and an unselfish, nurturing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who gave her family unconditional love, encouragement, opportunities and good values.
    Frances is survived by her two loving daughters, Beverly Alwine and her husband, Richard, and Barbara Slabe; two cherished grandchildren, Amy Coppins and her husband, Brett, and Aaron Alwine and his fiancée, Elizabeth Sattler; two adored great-grandsons, Reese and Ryder Coppins; one sister, Betty Uebele and husband, Walt; a brother-in-law, Frank Slabe; two sisters-in-law, Olga Celebi and June Slabe; and many nieces and nephews.
    In addition to her husband, Frances, she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Agnes and Dorothy, and a brother, Frank.
    Mrs. Slabe's life was celebrated on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24. W. Monroe St., Little Falls, with Deacon Ron. St. Marie officiating. Procession followed to St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer, where full burial took place. Friends and relatives visited with the family and paid their respects at the Enea Family Funeral Home prior to the funeral service.
    In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be considered to the Children's Miracle Network of Faxton-St. Luke's Hospital. Envelopes may be obtained from the Enea Family Funeral Home.
    A heartfelt thank you goes out to the Mohawk Homestead and the Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for the compassionate care given to Frances.