Florence M. Candella


MARCY, NY — Florence M. Candella entered into a new life on September 22, 2022. At the time of her passing she had the love and support of all her family.

Florence was born November 19, 1941, in Utica, the daughter of the late Albert and Sadie (Sarah) Misiaszek Cousin. She graduated from U. F. A., class of 1959, and worked for John Hancock Life Insurance Co. until 1964.

She was married to Michael A. Candella, June 29, 1963 at St. Francis de Sales Church, Utica, NY. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church, Whitesboro. Florence and her husband operated Candella’s Farm and Greenhouses, Marcy, with the help of her family, until 2013. She often said, “The earth is a garden and we are the caretakers.” A strong and courageous woman, who was hard working and loved to give back. Florence loved to cook and especially loved the Christmas holidays. She enjoyed her “winter breaks” in Myrtle Beach, Florida and Charleston with her sister, Eleanor, and her best friend, Sandra Roberts.

She is survived by her husband, Michael A.; her beloved children, whom she was very proud of, Maureen (Bradley) Kass, Seaford, NY, Shawna (Ralph) Papale, Whitesboro, NY, Michael C. Candella, Marcy, NY, and Brendon M. Candella, Marcy, NY; her beloved grandchildren, Morgan (Austin) Decker, Ft. Meyer, FL, Meredith Kass, Seaford, NY, Gabrielle and Sara Rose Papale, Whitesboro, NY, and Michael G. Candella, Marcy, NY. She is also survived by her loving sister, Eleanor Scheidelman, Holland Patent, NY; her sister-in-law, Rose Vanno, Utica, NY; many caring nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her in-laws, Rose and Frank Candella; sister and brothers-in-law, Geraldine and Lawrence Kain and Warren Scheidelman; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Grace and Fred Candella, Jessie and Genaro (Ginger) Cicchelli, and Sal Vanno; nieces and nephews, Lawrence and Russell Kain, Estelle (Cicchelli) Ruggiero, Joseph (Joey) Ciccelli, and Donna Candella. She also leaves many close friends; Sandra Roberts, Rose Bergman, and the late Sue Roberts and Betty Pawloski.

Our family wishes to express our sincere thanks to the staff of St. Luke’s Nursing Home for their care and support.

“Please omit flowers - I enjoyed so many in my life.” “Wear bright colors for me. No black.”

Those desiring, please consider memorials to: The Candella Family Fund, c/o The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13502. www.foundationhoc.org/candella.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, 4 to 7 p.m., at Dimbleby Funeral Homes, Inc., 40 Main St., Whitesboro. Florence’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 16 Park Ave., Whitesboro. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Online tributes and messages of sympathy may be left at www.dimblebyfh.com.