Niagara Gazette


September 21, 2013

Estelle B. Porreca

WHEATFIELD — Estelle B. Porreca, 88, passed away Friday, September 20, 2013, at Elderwood Health Care Facility at Crestwood in Wheatfield, NY. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Brusino and Stephania (Sheusi) Brusino Ciluzzi and step-daughter of the late Frank Ciluzzi.

Estelle attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School. During World War II, she worked at Bell Aircraft in Wheatfield, NY and later at Kresge's and Figler's Dry Cleaners, and as a salesclerk for Grant's Department Store and Jenss Department Store, all in Niagara Falls, NY. On September 14, 1946, she married John A. Porreca in St. Joseph Church in Niagara Falls, NY.  Estelle and her husband operated the Midway   Motel in Niagara Falls, NY for many years during the 1960s. She was a member of the Ladies        Auxiliary for the LaSalle Little League and LaSalle Babe Ruth League in Niagara Falls, NY. Mr. and Mrs. Porreca were two of the principle founding members of Heart, Love and Soul Ministries and members of the former Sacred Heart Prayer Group in Niagara Falls, NY. In her leisure, Estelle enjoyed making ceramics at home.

In addition to her husband of 67 years, she is survived by three children, Domenick (Kim)      Porreca of Parrish, FL, Patricia (Paul) Birmingham of Niagara Falls, NY, and Frank (Michele) Porreca of Pendleton, NY. She was predeceased by a son, Joseph (Karen of Odessa, FL) Porreca and infant daughter, Kathleen Porreca. Estelle is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Alicia (Dan) Wiley, Stephanie Lizotte, Jodi (Dan) Meissner, Adam (Susan) Porreca, Melissa (Michael) McCarriagher, Frank (Danielle) Birmingham, John Birmingham, Christine Birmingham, Kaitlyn (Jon) Burow, Alison (Steve) Aitchison and Charles Porreca; ten great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack (Helen) Brusino of Seviereville, TN and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Nicholas (late Marlene) Brusino.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7 -9 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 25th, at 10:00 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Parish at Prince of Peace Church, 1055 N. Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Entombment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heart, Love and Soul Ministries, 939 Ontario        Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14305.  

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