WATERTOWN, NY — The funeral Mass for Aaron J. Bodah and his daughters, Alexa, Skylar, Merissa and Erin Bodah will be said at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 320 W. Lynde St., Watertown, with Rev Jonas Tondayu officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.
Public visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the church.
Aaron, 38, his daughters Merissa, age 14, Alexa, age 8, Erin, age 6, and Skylar, age 4, passed away from injuries sustained in a fatal house fire on Feb. 14, 2019, on Myrtle Avenue in Watertown.
Aaron is survived by two daughters, Hailey, age 13, an 8th grader at Case Junior in Watertown, and Kayla (Alex) Babyak, FL; two grandchildren, Camdyn and Chloe of FL; his parents, Kenneth and Dora Bodah, Sr.; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ken and Beth Bodah, Jr., and Travis Bodah, all of Watertown; three sisters and two brothers-in-laws, Corina and Darren Freeman, Watertown, Heather (Michael) Dennis, Arkansas and Ashley Bodah, Watertown; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
The girls are survived by their sister Hailey, age 13, their mother, Melissa Davey, Watertown; their half- sister, Kayla (Alex) Babyak, FL; their nephew, Camdyn and niece Chloe; their grandparents, Kenneth and Dora Bodah, Sr., Betty and Thomas Mooney, Conn.; grandparents, Terrance Davey, Watertown and great-grandmother, Mary Lou Davey, Black River; aunts, uncles and cousins.
They were predeceased by great grandparents Merton and Margaret Bodah, Schuyler and Pearl Snyder, Harold and Katherine Clark, George Davey.
Aaron was born Aug. 2, 1980, in Watertown, and attended Watertown High School.
He was working on construction projects locally for many years.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking. He was one of the few Northern New Yorkers that looked forward to snow so he could spend the day with his brother, Ken, snow blowing. His best friend and brother Travis was his wing man. They joked and laughed and were simply there for each other. Above all he was a dad.
“His face was full of sunshine each time they came in sight.
Their princess smile and pixy laugh
brought him such delight.
Their tears of joy could make him smile,
their sad eyes broke his heart.
The reason for the life he led,
they played a vital part.
He would slay a dragon, swim a sea, or move mountains for them No love could ever match the love he had for his daughters.” (P Randolph)
Merissa was born Sept. 22, 2004, in Watertown, and was a 9th grader at Watertown High School. She enjoyed hanging with her friends, doing makeup with her mom and being with her boyfriend Georgie Stevens.
Erin, born Oct. 7, 2013 was a 1st grader at Knickerbocker School. She was the “little performer” and loved to sing and dance.
Alexa was born March 4, 2010, and was a 2nd grader at Knickerbocker School. She loved to play video games. She was always smiling and was a fan of Superheroes.
The youngest Skylar was born Feb. 15, 2014, in Watertown. She loved to sing, her ponies and “My Little Pet Shop.”
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bodah Family Memorial Fund, or the Melissa Davey and Hailey Bodah Fund, both c/o Watertown Savings Bank, 111 Clinton St., Watertown, NY 13601.
Online condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com.