Brasher Falls - John P. Sienkiewycz, 91, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop.
John was born on March 31, 1923 in Madrid, son of the late August and Louise (Bednarski) Sienkiewycz. He received his education in District 10 Schools.
He married Loretta LaPage on May 26, 1945 at St. Patrick's Church, Hogansburg officiated by Rev. Collins and she passed away on June 10, 1984. In 1985, John married Elizabeth Bryant Finazzo at St. Patrick Church in Brasher Falls with Rev. James Shurtleff celebrating.
John started his working career as a farmer, worked at Massena Central Schools and then Reynolds Metals in Massena as an anode tender. He retired in 1985. John, a dedicated and caring husband, father and grandfather was soft spoken with all the qualities of a gentleman. He enjoyed watching cooking shows and was a very good cook. He loved being surrounded by his family and hosted many large family gatherings at his home.
Surviving John is his wife, Bette; his children, John A. and Bonnie Sienkiewycz of Florida, Deborah and Peter Unwin of Ft. Covington, Fred and Debbie Sienkiewycz of Massena, Patti and Denis Blais of Helena and Kathy and David Dunkelburg of Massena; his stepchildren, Ann Diabo of Massena, Terrence Finazzo of Virginia, Mary Lyn and Donald Neves of Massachusetts, Anthony Finazzo of Massena, Jeffery and Adele Finazzo of Lawrenceville, Valerie Sochia of Brasher Falls and Sheila Irwin of Brasher Falls; one brother, Alex and Ann Sienkiewycz of Brasher Falls; two sisters, Helen Gerard and Mary Ritz, both of Cleveland; and 33 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Andrew, William and Robert; and four sisters, Bernice Dishaw, Sylvia Fregoe-Brainard, Lillian Ball, and Josephine Dishaw LaPree.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 17 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. John's Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, December 18 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church in Brasher Falls. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Massena.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude's Children Hospital.
Memories and condolences can be shared with his family at www.hammillfh.com.