Ms. Patricia Ann “Patty” Enea, 72, a lifelong Frankfort resident (116 W. Main Street), went home to be with the Lord under the care of our angels at the Siegenthaler Hospice Center, New Hartford at 2:48 am on Friday, October 1, 2021 on the Feast of St. Therese. She was finally reunited with her beloved parents, Thomas and Lovisa Enea at the gates of heaven with family at her side.
Patricia was born on January 9, 1949 and spent her entire life in the family home on Main Street in Frankfort, which was an absolute treasure to her, and she remained there until just a few years ago, when ill health would not allow her to stay there any longer. At age 16, Patty was stricken with artery arthritis with a rheumatic reaction and had to spend much of her time in bed, but still was determined to continue her education from home. Therefore, the Frankfort-Schuyler Central School Board of Education arranged for the installation of a home unit telephone that allowed her to listen in on regular class-room sessions. Before her illness, she was active in the Girls Athletic Association, Future Nurses Association and the Latin Club. As a candy striper, Patty assisted with moving patients from the original Ilion Hospital to the new Mohawk Valley General Hospital. She enjoyed music of all kinds and was selected for girl’s choir in the All-County Music festival at the age of 15.
She was extremely proud and ever so fond of her family heritage, often proudly sharing the background with relatives who may have been unaware. Patty’s absolute entire being was honoring her parents, the late Thomas and Lovisa (Brewer) Enea. She spent so much time making sure they were comfortable during their final days and that they received unsurpassable care. Patty was truly daddy’s little girl. She and her father would travel around with their famous keyboard singing songs about the Lord. Ms. Enea was a graduate of Frankfort High School, “Class of 1967”, and employed in the medical field for many years retiring from the dental office of Dr. Soroka in Herkimer.
Patty’s generosity, loyal and selfless spirit touched many hearts throughout her lifetime. She lived a complete and content life, filled with love and simplicity, always putting family first. She was a devout Christian, being raised and growing up in the Catholic faith and most recently enjoyed learning and studying the Judaism religion. Patty also spoke a few different languages and performed many religious services at the ARC and other facilities. She relied on faith and God’s love to guide her through life’s difficult times and especially through the many illnesses she battled throughout her life. She had the honor of worshiping, singing and praising God. In her earlier years, she was active in music ministries with the Catholic Church and loved attending the special services held at the Fort Herkimer Historic Church. Many will remember Patty walking around Frankfort and Ilion with her father. Patty will be forever remembered for her good works and activities in the Mohawk Valley.
I would like to thank the entire caring staff at Foltsbrook Center for Rehab and Nursing, Herkimer, especially mentioning Mark Scalise and Angie Dorantes for their kindness and care given to Patty. Thank you to the professionals at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, The Grand Nursing and Rehab, Alpine Nursing and Rehab and the Mohawk Homestead for their professionalism, along with the most sincere gratitude for the Siegenthaler Center family/staff, especially mentioning Tabatha Armstrong, for doing life’s most difficult work. Thank you, also, to Pastor Eugene and Eileen (Cunningham) Kipper for their dedicated friendship throughout the years along with Mr. and Mrs. George Getman, of Frankfort, who assisted Patty during her difficult time.
Patricia leaves her many Enea and Brewer family cousins, ALL of whom she was extremely proud of, a special cousin, Barbara Reynolds, and also many dear friends. Besides her parents, Patty was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Julius and Angelina (Ianotti) Enea, maternal grandparents, Jesse and Carrie (Hanson) Brewer and by her dear friend, Theresa Tangorra.
Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131 on Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 6-8 pm. Patty’s funeral will commence at 8:30 am on Friday, October 8th from the MVFC chapel where a transfer prayer will be offered and at 9 am from Holy Family Parish, corner of E. Main and John Sts., Little Falls, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Brian Slezak, pastor, assisted by the Resurrection Committee. Procession will follow to Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort, where Patty will be laid to rest with her parents. Thank you to Father Brian Slezak for blessing Patty with last rites on Thursday evening.
Kindly consider honoring Patty's memory with a donation to Amazing Gracie’s Gift Foundation, PO Box 134, Mohawk, NY 13407 in support of battling childhood cancer in the valley or to Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413. "The souls of the just are in the hand of God".