David J. Picente, 61, of Deerfield passed away peacefully on Friday, September 20, 2019.
David was born on December 6, 1957 in Utica, a son of the late John Picente and Sarah Mikalajunas. He was a graduate of St. Francis de Sales High School, and received degrees in Criminal Justice from MVCC and SUNY College of Technology. On August 4, 1984, David married Anita Distante at St. Peter’s Church in North Utica. They shared many happy moments together over their 35 years of marriage.
David worked as a corrections counselor at Mid-State Correctional Facility. He retired in January 2019 after 36 years of dedicated service. David was a hard-working individual who took great pride in providing for his family and caring for his home.
David is survived by his wife, Anita, and his two children, Andrea of Rochester and Brian of Deerfield. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Frank Mikalajunas of Utica, Thomas Mikalajunas of New Hartford, Sue Mikalajunas of Utica, Joseph Mikalajunas of Maryland, Michael Mikalajunas of Deerfield, Terri Meislin of New Hartford, as well as his niece Deborah Day of Utica, who was like a sister to him. He also leaves behind his in-laws, John and Violet Distante of Clinton.
David’s family would like to sincerely thank the staff of the Siegenthaler Center who cared for David during his final days. A special recognition is extended to his nurses, Melissa, Michelle, and Matt, who showed great compassion towards David and his family.
In keeping with David’s wishes, there will be no services. Those so wishing may make donations to Hospice & Palliative Care in David’s memory:
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