William E. Dumka Sr.

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William E. Dumka, Sr.
William E. Dumka, Sr., 88, passed away with his family at his side June 26, 2013, at the Presbyterian Home for Central New York where he had resided since 2012. Bill was born July 15, 1924 in Utica, a son of Edward A. and Margaret (Lehman) Dumka. He received his education in Utica schools, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941. He served with the Army Air Corps as a B-17 crew chief in the Pacific Theatre, and was honorably discharged in 1945 at the rank of T/Sergeant. He became a sheet metal worker and fabricator, employed by Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 58, Syracuse, at various locations in and around the Utica area. Bill was married to Geraldine Chapman until her passing in 1985. In 1989 he met Mary Briggs, whom he would later marry. Bill was a member of St. Joseph & St. Patricks Church in Utica, and New Hartford American Legion Post 1376. Bill was never very far from his camera, and enjoyed taking pictures of just about everything. He enjoyed reading books about WWII and later the American West, often starting and finishing a book the same day. Bill was an avid Yankees fan who enjoyed attending games and collecting Yankees memorabilia. He enjoyed fishing alongside his wife, and the couple could often be found on a local body of water pursuing bullhead, catfish and largemouth bass. Bill also enjoyed playing cards, especially a good game of Pinochle. Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons and a daughter, Ronald (Judy) Dumka, of IN, William (Peggy) Dumka, of Holland Patent, Christine (Jesse) Lewis, of Rochester, and Kim (Karen) Dumka, of CT; step-daughters Christine (Brian) Parent, of Remsen and Julianne Lopez, of Utica; five brothers-in-law, Emory (Toni) Briggs, of Utica, Richard Briggs, of Forestport, Francis (Leona) Briggs, of Utica, Charles Appleton, of Remsen, and Richard Rockwell, of Remsen; a sister-in-law, Carol (George) Worden, of Remsen; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful canine companion, Max. He was predeceased by two brothers, Richard and Donald, and a sister, Marilyn Latart. Bills family will be forever grateful to the entire staff of the Presbyterian Homes Cedar and Elm units for the exceptional, loving, and compassionate care given to him during his stay. His Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph & St. Patricks Church, 702 Columbia Street, Utica. Interment will be in Crown Hill Memorial Park, Clinton. Visitation is Monday from 4-7 p.m. at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 1123 Court Street, Utica. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider a contribution in Bills memory to the Presbyterian Home for Central New York Elm and Cedar Units, POB 1144, New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
William E. Dumka
Funeral Home
Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Fh
1123 Court St Utica, NY 13502
(315) 732-1163
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from June 28 to June 30, 2013
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