RICHFIELD SPRINGS — William Senko, 88, formerly of Center Street, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, Jan. 21, 2014, at Folts Homes, Herkimer. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side.
He was born on July 2, 1925, in Herkimer, son of the late Philip and Pauline Popauch Senko.
A lifelong area resident, he came to live in the town of Columbia when he was 3 years old. William was a graduate of Richfield Springs High School.
In September of 1945 at the age of 19, Willie was drafted into the U.S. Army from his parent’s farm in South Columbia. He received his basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., followed by 12 weeks of infantry training at Fort McClellan, Ala. He served with the American Graves Registration Command in Fontainebleau, France. His duties included guarding prisoners of war and recovering the remains of soldiers who died in battle.
He was honorably discharged in March of 1947 attaining the rank of private first class.
On Sept. 3, 1955, he was united in holy matrimony with the former Eleanor House in Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Herkimer.
They made their home in the town of Richfield Springs and shared a devoted union of 34 years until her passing in 1989.
Mr. Senko worked as a carpenter for Local Union 120 in Utica.
Maintaining pride in his military service, he was a member of the Richfield Springs Veterans Club for more than 30 years. He had a strong love for the outdoors, fishing and going for walks in the woods to pick berries and mushrooms. He found much relaxation working in his garden and puttering around his home.
To all who knew him they will never forget his down to earth manner and friendly way. Any conversation with him was straight and to the point yet you always felt a warmth and friendship when you were with him. He will be truly missed by his friends and family, especially his cherished
grandchildren and great-grandson.
Surviving are two daughters, Fay LaFrance and her husband, Charles, of Richfield Springs, and Brenda Senko of Utica; one brother, John Senko of Herkimer; three grandchildren, Marc LaFrance, Ivy LaFrance, both of Richfield Springs, Gabriel LaFrance of Norfolk, Va.; one great-grandson, Logan LaFrance; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, his wife, Eleanor, and his son, Michael, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Andrew Senko, Stephen Mamorsh, and three sisters, Helen Zeleniak, Olga Wiernecki and Anne House.
Graveside funeral services for Mr. Senko will be held this spring in the Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery in the town of Columbia and will be announced.
Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs.