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Ann LaPorte
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Mrs. Ann (Emma) LaPorte, a longtime resident of Conkling Ave., passed away peacefully at the age of 102, at the Magnolia House of the Sitrin H.C.C., on Saturday, September 1, 2018.

Ann was born in Utica on January 31, 1916, the 2nd youngest of seven children to, Francesco and Maria Giuseppa (Ambroselli) Zegarelli. She was educated in local schools and a 1934 graduate of Utica Free Academy.

Ann was a legal secretary at the Frank Pratt Law Firm and later the Fowler and Kowalczyk Law Firm, where she worked with her lifelong friend, Victoria Bek. She later retired from Oneida County Social Services.

On January 13, 1945, Ann was joined in marriage to Anthony J. “Tony” LaPorte, a longtime Utica firefighter. Ann and Tony shared over fifty-six loving years together until he passed away on November 2, 2001.

An avid reader, Ann read several books weekly for most of her life. She was an accomplished pinochle player and always enjoyed weekly pinochle games with friends. In earlier years, Ann and Tony loved to go to Saratoga and the Fingerlakes’ Race tracks to watch thoroughbred racing. She was an excellent cook, who loved to bake for her family and friends.

Her most loved role in life, along with Tony, was playing an important part in her grandchildren's life, and she spent most everyday with them.

Ann is survived by her devoted son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Deirdre LaPorte, of Sauquoit; two adored grandchildren, Amanda LaPorte and Anthony LaPorte; and also many beloved nephews and nieces and their families. She was predeceased by five brothers, Louie, John L., Michael, Dr. Edward, and Marco Zegarelli; one sister, Lillian Stivali; and her best friend, Victoria Bek.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday at 9 a.m. from The Matt Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., at Mohawk St., Utica.

The family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to the entire staff of the Magnolia House, for the loving and compassionate care shown to Ann during her stay there. Also, special mention of her in home caregivers, Nadia and Selena Sokol, along with Dina and Adilisa, for their special and loving care.

In memory of Ann LaPorte, and in recognition of her love for reading, please consider donations in her honor to the Utica Public Library. Envelopes will be available at the service.

For directions to the funeral home, click the link above.
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Our sincere sympathy on the passing of Aunt Ann.

Written by Drs. David and Elena Zegarelli
2018-09-03 11:57:07 PM

Stephen, Deirdre and family. I am out of town, but my heart broke when I read of the passing of your mom, my Godmother. She AND your dad were incredible people, loving parents and wonderful friends. She will be missed, not only by her family, but all who "Amy" touched. She is in heaven, now, with Tony, Vic, Steve and my parents playing pinochle. Rest in Peace, will be missed. My deepest sympathies to you and your family, Stephen. Jeanette

Written by Jeanette Spina
2018-09-04 11:35:20 PM

Very sad to hear of Mrs. LaPorte's passing, she was a wonderful person that was always cheerful and carefree. Knowing her for 40+ years was great, in all those times she would always start out with a hello saying my entire name, 'hello Bob Ollerenshaw'. She will be greatly missed by everyone, but knowing she has been reunited with Mr. LaPorte after all these years is joyful. Just remember this, Steve, Dee, Amanda and Anthony she will always be at your side and all those great memories of her over time will allow you to look beyond the grief and smile. May she RIP

Written by Bob Ollerenshaw
2018-09-04 4:40:16 PM

I remember the summer trips, as a kid, and all the fun we had at "607". Aunt Amy always greeted us smiling and happy! We would be all excited, Utica was a special place! It was a beehive of activity. Everyone felt enriched with energy - we were charged up, all because of Uncle Anthony and Aunt Amy. As years passed, and we all grew older, Aunt Amy never changed. She remained happy and kind to everyone. She never uttered a negative word about anyone. She well deserved the long life she lived and now that she has passed, we are left feeling empty and sad. "Mille Grazie", Aunt Amy! Edward and Joan

Written by Edward & Joan Zegarelli
2018-09-05 8:24:51 PM

Condolences to the LaPort family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, "heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds." May God bring you comfort and peace.

Written by Williams Family
2018-09-17 4:51:58 PM

Thank you for being such a loving godmother to me. I can never forget you and time spent with you and Anthony when I was a little boy. If I had known, I would have come to your service. You meant that much to me. Stephen, my condolences to you. Your mother leaves a loving legacy that has touched so many people. God Bless you and your family.

Written by Nick Blase
2019-02-18 4:25:34 PM