Esther M. Disch

June 26, 1931 ~ August 2, 2021 (age 90)


Our beloved mother, Esther M. Disch, 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 2, 2021, at UHS Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City. Esther was born on June 26, 1931, in Tuscarora Township, PA. She was predeceased by her parents, Claude and Dorothy Woodruff; in-laws, Edward and Stasia Disch; brothers, Carlton, Bryce and Lloyd Woodruff; sisters, Bernice Warrington and Elda Maxian; sisters-in-law, Blanche and Shirley Woodruff, Dorothy and Mimi Disch; brothers-in-law, Edward Disch and Norman Decker. She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Robert and six children: Robert (Annie) Disch of Rochester, NY, Jolie (Vito) Catanzaro of Endwell, NY, Janis (Gary) Galli of Chenango Bridge, NY, Judith (Michael) Boyko of Binghamton NY, Jacqueline Disch of Albany, NY and Thomas (Margaret) Disch of Branchburg, NJ; grandchildren: Kourtney (Timothy) Fuller of Johnson City, NY, Kristin (Chase) Fuller of Binghamton, NY, Darien Fuller of Binghamton, NY, Zachary (Andrea and her daughter, Mary Grace) Boyko of Binghamton, NY, Jasmine (John) Watson of Pittsford, NY, Jade (Lysette) Disch of Dallas, TX, Maren (Ryan) Boyko of Vestal, NY, Ryan (Brooke) Galli of Johnson City, NY, Thomas (Sophia) Disch of Binghamton, NY and Mariah Galli of Chenango Bridge, NY; great-grandchildren: Levi, Liam and Mila Galli and Willa Watson. Brother, Richard (Patricia) Woodruff of Vestal, NY, sister, Janice Decker of Endwell, NY, sister-in-law, Connie Woodruff of Chenango Forks, NY and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mom lived in many places during her childhood, but spoke most fondly of her favorite years at Highland Lake. She relocated to Binghamton as a teen and graduated from Binghamton North High School. Mom and Dad met on the south side of Binghamton when Dad and his friend, Norm Decker were actually there to meet a couple of other females that lived next door to our mother. Dad saw Mom and the rest is history. Mom worked as a draftsperson at the Singer Company before marriage. Our parents married on November 24, 1951, relocated to the west side of Binghamton and never left. After her children got older, Mom worked at GAF, Eureka and Broome Developmental Center, where she retired from the Food Service Dept. Our dear mother made sure her six children were cared for and loved. It was not easy keeping track of six kids but she did it with a lot of laughter, a little structure, some organization, discipline, lots of Excedrin, a great deal of mothering as well as supporting our independence. We were lucky to have a mom who worked hard to be fair and encouraged our interests. She helped us with many school projects (her talent in art was definitely passed down to her daughters), sewed many Halloween costumes and helped our friends put together their costumes, sewed beautiful Barbie clothes, and made sure her children could ride a bike, swim and ice skate. Whether we played a sport, an instrument, took a school trip, were involved with a school club or Girl Scouts, mom made sure we had what we needed. She baked many cupcakes and cookies for school bake sales. All of our friends and cousins were welcome at our house growing up. Summer sleepovers was a regular event we enjoyed. Mom was easy to talk to and we could discuss anything. We have fond memories of trips, vacations and outings to NYC, cottages at Sylvan Beach and Sodus Point, cabins at Chenango Valley State Park, Atlantic City, Walt Disney World, Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls, Washington, DC, Lancaster, New Hampshire, Vermont, Toronto, Cape Cod, Ocean City, MD, Watkins Glen, South Carolina, Rochester, Albany, Saratoga, New Jersey, Maine, Zoo’s, NYS Fair, World’s Fair, Drive-in movies, shopping at Sibley’s in Rochester, dining at the Aloha Restaurant in Rochester, cherry-picking, family reunions, picnics, baking Christmas cookies, visiting the Pig Farm and her awesome meals. Our mom enjoyed visiting with friends, her children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and siblings. She tried to attend as many of her grandchildren’s events as possible. Mom loved garage sales, antiques, gardening, baking, walking, drives in the country, farms, flowers, country stores, animals, old quaint towns, canning, a well-done steak, Chinese food, rice pudding, chicken wings, carrot cake, candy bars, jello cake, good cookies, wine coolers, berry picking and dinners at the Kampai Japanese restaurant. Mom enjoyed several music genres. We grew up listening to Perry Como, Andy Williams, Dean Martin, Elvis, Tom Jones, Richard Harris, Neil Diamond, The Bee Gees, and the soundtrack of West Side Story right along with her. Mom enjoyed attending concerts with family and friends and was able to see Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart and Michael Crawford in person. Old movies were a favorite of hers and we all enjoyed watching them with her. Favorites were Dr. Zhivago, Meet Me in St. Louis, Mrs. Miniver and Arsenic and Old Lace. Mom enjoyed movies with actors Cary Grant, Greer Garson, Robert Taylor, Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball, Robert Walker, Dana Andrews, Judy Garland and of course, Bette Davis. The six of us kids may not have always been angels, but she knew kids will be kids. She addressed mistakes and bad behavior at the level they deserved, sometimes forgetting altogether. Mom spoke a familiar phrase, ““Give me strength” when the mother of six was overwhelmed and she needed extra guidance from above. To us, our mother was a saint and we were blessed and honored to call her “Mom”. To the grandchildren, she was known as “Grammy” and made sure each of them felt special, spending as much time as possible with each one and always making their time together unforgettable. Thanks to Dr. Heather Rattenbury-Shaw and her office for the wonderful care given to our mother over the years. Bob, Judy, Jackie and Tom would like to recognize and give special thanks to our sisters, Jolie and Janis. Jo and Jan were the main caregivers for mom the last few years. Without your dedication, mom would not have been able to stay at home. Your siblings are most grateful and we thank you for continuing to care for our dad. Per our mother’s wishes, we will have private services. Arrangements are with J.F. Rice Funeral Home, 150 Main St, Johnson City, NY. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Johnson City, NY. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Broome County Humane Society, Every Dog’s Dream Rescue or an organization

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