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Louise N. Porreca
Louise N. Porreca

February 4, 1924 - October 11, 2018
Born in Cheektowaga, New York
Resided in West Seneca, New York
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PORRECA, LOUISE (nee Nazzarett)
October 11, 2018, age 94; beloved wife of the late Ettore C. Porreca; dear mother of Joseph Porreca, Mary Beth (Phillip) Andreozzi, James (Barbara) Porreca and Daniel (Lee) Porreca; loving grandmother of Elizabeth (Joshua Egnatz) Schifano, Kristen, Kathryn, Matthew, Elise, Daniel, Jacqueline and Michael Porreca; great-grandmother of Anabelle and Benjamin; sister of the late Ann Werner, Lt. Daniel Nazzarett and Lorraine Goszewski; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends Sunday and Monday 4-8 PM at the Urban-AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, 1024 French Rd., Cheektowaga, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 11:00 AM at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church, 1345 Indian Church Rd., West Seneca. Family and friends invited. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Louise's memory to a charity of your choice. Please share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com
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Buffalo News Obituary
Feb. 4, 1924 - Oct. 11, 2018

Louise Porreca was a student at D’Youville College when the news came in February 1944 that her older brother, Daniel B. Nazzarett, a second lieutenant and a pilot in the Army Air Corps, was missing in action over the Netherlands. He was her hero.

“Since his death, I have strived to honor his memory,” she wrote in a My View column in The Buffalo News in 2008.

“After raising four children, I became aware that chaplain training was being offered to lay people in Buffalo.

“I applied, completed two years of rigorous study and training, and was certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in 1985. Since then, I have volunteered 8,400 hours at Veterans Hospital in Buffalo.

“My brother Danny inspired me to serve. It has been a precious gift.”

Mrs. Porreca, who volunteered as a Catholic chaplain at the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center for nearly 30 years, died unexpectedly Thursday after attending a birthday party for one of her grandchildren. She was 94.

Born in Cheektowaga, the third of four children, the former Louise Nazzarett grew up in Gardenville and was a 1942 graduate of Mount Mercy Academy. After she earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from D’Youville College in 1946, she worked for several years in an obstetrician’s office.

In 1951, she married Ettore C. Porreca, a partner in the Ettore-Winter Studio and renowned as a wedding photographer, and assisted him as a photo finisher.

She studied at Christ the King Seminary to become a certified Catholic chaplain and received numerous awards for her work.

Bishop Henry J. Mansell presented her with the St. Joseph Worker Award in 1995.

The following year, she received the Delta Sigma Award from D’Youville, which recognizes graduates “who do extraordinary things in their everyday lives.” She also became a member of the St. Marguerite D’Youville Honor Society.

In 2001, she received the Legion of Honor Award from the Chapel of Four Chaplains and the Ned Mathias Award from the Friends of the West Side Rowing Club.

She was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary International Foundation in 2010.

She was the subject of an article in Western New York Health magazine and included in local television feature about inspirational women.

“When I visit the sick, I do not proselytize,” she wrote in 2008. “Most patients welcome prayers, and with their permission, we say the Lord’s Prayer, the 23rd Psalm and the Anima Christi. I also ask them if we might pray for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“When I ask them to offer up their suffering to help others, it is moving to receive their response. In training, I learned that we minister to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the patient. Not all patients seek spiritual help.

"Yet if we just listen to them, we will see God work in some way.”

She was a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

A longtime West Seneca resident, she was a member of the Ladies of Charity and the Sodality at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church.

She was an accomplished calligrapher and created spiritual and inspirational greeting cards for friends and acquaintances.

Her husband died in 2013.

Surviving are three sons, Joseph, James and Daniel; a daughter, Mary Beth Andreozzi; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Fourteen Holy Helpers Catholic Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca.

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Visitation
French Road Chapel
1024 French Road
Cheektowaga, NY US 14227
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Monday, October 15, 2018
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Fourteen Holy Helpers Church
1345 Indian Church Road
West Seneca, NY US 14224-1379
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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Fourteen Holy Helpers Cemetery
1345 Indian Church Road
Gardenville, NY US 14224
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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