HERKIMER – Mr. Joseph J. Mlekoday, Jr., age 75, of 315 John Avenue, Herkimer, passed away in the arms of the Lord, at his home, where he wanted to be on Thursday evening, April 18, 2024.

He was born on February 12, 1948, in Herkimer, New York, a son of the late Joseph, Sr. and Frances (Witkowski) Mlekoday. He was educated locally. His marriage to Barbara A. Zaleski took place April 16, 1977. He worked at Hale Manufacturing for a short time. He, for many years dating back to days with his dad bought and sold wholesale lumber. He retired in 2006, then having worked odd jobs in our area. He was a communicant of the Church of Sts. Anthony & Joseph.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his daughters, Helen and Marianne; his aunts, Clara Sarafin and Staffie Grescek and husband Stan; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Albin and wife, Luann Zaleski, Alex and Vicky Zaleski, Mary Ann and Matt Dubai and Agnes and Nelson Crouse; and his nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his grandparents; his parents; his uncles and aunts; and sister-in-law, Teresa McCarthy.

Funeral services are under the direction of the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, in Herkimer, New York and are as follows: Relatives and friends are invited to Joe’s calling hours, at the funeral home, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., at the Church of Sts. Anthony & Joseph, South Main Street, in Herkimer and interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Those wishing to send flowers are asked not to do so, attributed to severe family allergies and are encouraged to donate in Joe’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Envelopes are available at the Enea Family Funeral Home for this purpose.

Joe’s funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea Family Funeral Home, Herkimer, New York, Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors (315-866-1011).

Online condolences may be sent to www.eneafamily.com on the Internet.