Theresa M. Nicotera, 83, of Utica, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare in New Hartford, with her loving family by her side.
Theresa was born in Utica, on October 7, 1936, the daughter of Frank and Flora (Nitti) Mazza. She was raised in Utica and was a graduate of Utica Free Academy. On April 27, 1957, Theresa was united in marriage with Jesse F. Nicotera at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church in Utica. Jesse passed away in 2013. For many years until her retirement, Theresa was employed as a crossing guard with the Utica Police Department. Theresa enjoyed being with family and friends and sharing a good conversation with them. She was of the Catholic faith.
Mrs. Nicotera is survived by four children, Tamara Smith of MI, Steven Nicotera and his wife Cindy of Sylvan Beach, Melissa Nicotera-Marsh of Utica and Daniel Nicotera and his wife Tanya of St. Johnsville; nine cherished grandchildren, Tierney O’Dowd and her husband, Patrick, Jessica Neise and her husband James, Thomas Nicotera, Brittany Marsh, Bryce Nicotera, Brock Nicotera Brennan Nicotera Carlo Nicotera and Caleb Nicotera; one sister, Janice Barton of MN, as well as several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a grandson, Steven Nicotera, Jr., one sister, Patricia Sperbeck and two brothers, Frank Mazza and Robert Mazza.
A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Church, 648 Jay St., Utica. Her Rite of Committal and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Utica. Those wishing to make a donation in Theresa’s memory, please consider St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.