In August of 1969, Harry Enea, Jr. began his career in funeral service assisting Edward Holleran in the operation of Holleran Funeral Service. In January of 1972, he obtained his NYS funeral director license, and also began the Enea Monument Company. In the early 1980's, he purchased the Herkimer location subsequently adding his name. Harry has ambitiously dedicated himself to the families of the Mohawk Valley and the surrounding areas, and is proud to say his sons are equally dedicated and are continuing the tradition.
In 1975 Harry began helping Thomas Konchar in running Konchar Funeral Home, Little Falls, eventally buying this firm and is now the Enea Family Funeral Home. Subsequently, the Shepardson Funeral Home firm merged their business with the Enea Family, forming the Konchar-Enea and Shepardson Funeral Home.
In 1992 a fellow colleague, Robert Woody who ran the Smith (Harry Smith, director) - Woody Funeral Home in St. Johnsville, NY put his trust in our firm to carry on his name and provide the utmost service community in this town. We were honored and took this opportunity and were anxious to now serve the families of Montgomery County. The name was eventually changed to Enea Family Funeral Home and is currently managed by John Lewandowski who lives and is active in the community of St. Johnsville.
Throughout the years Harry's son Kevin decided to join his father in giving the families of the Montgomery and Herkimer counties the attention and professionalism they deserved. He went on and obtained his funeral directors license in 1995. He joined the family business and brought forth many new ideas and concepts to the ever-changing funeral industry. Kevin is now in charge of the Enea Memorial operation; D.H. Burdick Monument Company in Clinton, NY and DeRegis Monuments of Syracuse, NY which were both acquired by the Enea family. He is also very active in the community and the operation of Enea Family Funeral Homes.
Throughout the years our firm was approached by many funeral conglomerates throughout the country looking to acquire our business but we decided to stay family owned and operated. With that in mind and with the addition of Harry's sons, Kevin and Daniel, and encouragement from many families in the Ilion and Frankfort area we opened our newest funeral facility, the Enea Family Funeral Home, in 1999. The 6500 square foot facility with a children's play room, ample parking, monument office, casket and vault display, and large spacious facility is the largest most welcoming funeral facility in the area.
Harry's youngest son, Daniel joined the family firm and graduated from SUNY Canton College of Mortuary Science. He obtained his funeral directors license in May of 2001. Dan also brought many ideas to the family business and served as the Herkimer County Coroner of Dist. 3 holding the position since 2007-2011. He was very active in funeral planning and pre-planning at the Ilion/Frankfort, Herkimer and Little Falls branches and also assisted at the other locations. Dan is a first responder to world-wide disasters with Kenyon International of Houston, Texas and state wide with the NYS Funeral Director Family Assistance Committee.
In October of 2002, Brian Roberts of the Roberts-Buck Funeral Home joined our family by merging his business with ours. The sum of Brian Roberts staff and the Enea staff would mean improved service to the families in Dolgeville and its surrounding areas. Brian also serves as the Herkimer County Coroner of Dist. 2 holding the position since 1975. Brian Roberts, a United States Marine, has been proudly serving Dolgeville and areas for numerous years and is a dedicated community servant.
In July of 2004 the Enea, Applegate and Day families came together to form a funeral home service that would jointly operate four funeral homes in the valley. The sum of Don Applegate, John Day and the Enea Family staff working together means significant opportunities for us to support every family's needs. The Applegate & Day Funeral Home and the Graves-Applegate-Day Funeral Home have became completely independent and family-owned and are no longer affiliated with Stewart Enterprises Inc. The merging of the Applegate, Enea and Day families meant a significant increase in personal service to families served with the merging of available services. In addition, families will now be able to request the funeral director they prefer to arrange and direct their loved one's services. Applegate Funeral Home was founded in 1919 by Don's grandfather and grandmother, Clayton and Marjorie Applegate.
In 2010, the Applegate & Day Funeral Home in Ilion and the Graves-Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Mohawk moved their services to 4309 Acme Road in Ilion, NY which is a funeral home facility that offers over 6,500 square feet of space. This move will give the utmost comfort to the families that the funeral homes serve. Don Applegate remains the manager of the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home and has been serving families for several years. He is formerly the county coroner of District 4 holding this position for many years. John Day, who served as a funeral director for many years with the Applegate Funeral Home, Ilion/Mohawk took over the coroner seat for Don Applegate and served in this capacity for many years. He stepped down from the coroner position in 2010 due to health issues but continues to hold an important presence at the Applegate-Day/Enea Family Funeral Homes.
The staff of all the funeral homes is proud of their commitment to the community they serve and are dedicated, whole-heartedly. They are the proud recipient of the National Funeral Director Association's Pursuit of Excellence Award in 2005,2008 and again in 2010 and are a certified Pre-Planning Consultant firm. This award sets them apart from other firms. In 2011, the Enea Family became a "Exclusive Veteran and Family Care Provider" which certifies that they are able to offer the best in caring for Veterans and their families during their time of need. They take pride in being Mohawk Valley residents and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. You can learn more about each of our funeral directors in the staff section of our website by clicking our staff bios.