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  • Russell A. LaFontaine

  • Russell A. LaFontaine, 91, of Herkimer and formerly of Champlain, NY, passed away peacefully, Thursday, February 15, 2013, in the Folts Home, Inc., Herkimer, with his family by his side.

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  • Russell A. LaFontaine, 91, of Herkimer and formerly of Champlain, NY, passed away peacefully, Thursday, February 15, 2013, in the Folts Home, Inc., Herkimer, with his family by his side.
    He was born on December 22, 1921, in Champlain, the son of the late Emmett and Elsie Allard LaFontaine and was educated in Champlain Schools. Russell served in the United States Army during World War II.
    He married the former Leona Dupee. Mrs. LaFontaine passed away in 1988.
    Prior to his retirement, Russell was employed with the Keough Bros. Tug Boat Company, Albany. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
    Russell is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Patricia LaFontaine, of Ilion, and his granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Melanie and Aaron Sandquist, of Wheatfield, NY. He was predeceased by his brothers, Floyd LaFontaine and Armand LaFontaine.
    Relative and friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday (today), February 18, 2013, from 6 -7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, Town of Frankfort. Immediately following the visitation there will be a celebration of Russell’s life at 7 p.m. Interment will take place later this spring back home in Champlain at the convenience of the family. Contributions in Russell’s memory may be offered to the Folts Home Foundation, 104 N. Washington Street, Herkimer. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
    The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff of the Folts Home for all of their love and compassion in making Russell’s stay their comfortable.
    Online condolence may be given by visiting www.eneafamily.com. The family is being cared for by Harry J. Enea, Jr. and Scott J. Pizer, funeral directors for the Enea Family Funeral Homes.
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