Natalie Milliner, 85, formerly of Falconer and Jamestown passed away Friday (Oct. 19, 2012) in Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center.
A lifelong area resident, she was born Dec. 25, 1926 in Jamestown, the daughter of the late Anthony and Sarah Mesi Patti.
Natalie was a graduate of Falconer High School and in earlier years was employed by the National Worsted Mills and Pejo's Restaurant. Along with her husband Lewis they had owned and operated Natalie's Bar and Hotel. She had also been employed by various restaurants in Falconer and Jamestown.
She was a member of Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, Falconer Moose and Senior Citizens Bowling League. Natalie enjoyed playing bingo, dancing, going to the casino and bowling.
Natalie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. Her door was always open and she was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. Natalie was a great chef, enjoyed life and people and spending time in Boston. She had a personality that was loved by all and will live in the hearts of everyone that knew her.
Surviving are three sons, Stephen (Natalie) Milliner of Deerfield, Fla., Lewis B. (Martha) Milliner, Jr., of Jamestown and Anthony (Julie) Milliner of Lutz, Fla.; four daughters, Dolores (Robert) Prince of Falconer, Lillie (Jack) Bernard, Sarah (David) Tracy both of Boston, Mass., and Alma (Tim) Garcia Shutt of Ripley; 11 grandchildren, Christine Arnone, Kimberly Irons, Cassie Durnell, Stephen Milliner, Jr., Brandon Milliner, Nicole Milliner, Jonathan Thain, Jake Thain, Audrey Milliner, Abbey Milliner and Alex Milliner; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Santina Stohl of Kennedy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis B. Milliner Sr., whom she married Nov. 29, 1947 in Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, Falconer and who died Jan. 19, 2004; four sisters, Ida M. Angilella, Jessie DeMaio, Josephine Cusimano and Angeline Scardamaglia; and two brothers, George Patti and Ross Patti.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 22 in Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church. Rev. Joseph Janaczek was celebrant. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends were received by the family from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday in the Falconer Funeral Home. A Christian wake service was held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be donated to the Alzheimer's Association Of WNY, 2805 Wehrle Dr., Suite 6, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221-7380.
To light a candle in remembrance, visit www.falconerfuneralhome.net.