April 15, 1926 - January 5, 2018
Lockwood, New York
January 5, 2018
April 15, 1926
East Smithfield, Pennsylvania
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street, Waverly, New York
Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 1 to 2 PM at Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street, Waverly, New York
Forest Lawn Cemetery, Waverly, New York
Esther C. Shilling, 91, a long-time resident of Lockwood, New York, joined her husband, Gilbert in Heaven on Friday, January 5, 2018. Esther passed away peacefully at home where she wanted to be. Esther was born on April 15, 1926 in East Smithfield, PA. She was the daughter of the late Roe Andrus and Alice (Sturdevant) Andrus Doty. She was a Troy High School Graduate and was a former employee of Newberry’s in Elmira, where she worked on the soda fountain and sometimes even got tips. She also worked at the Iron Kettle waiting tables, but mostly worked in the kitchen. She worked at Emerson Power Transmission as a hand assembler and retired from there in 1988 and on her last day went to and from work in a limousine. Esther was a member of the now closed, Lockwood United Methodist Church, where she was the Woman’s Group treasurer for many years. She lived a full life traveling, hunting, fishing, and continually doing jigsaw puzzles at her kitchen table and loved all her grandchildren, the last of which, Maddox, was born on October 23, 2017. Christmas Day was a joyous occasion surrounded by family and friends. She was one of the greatest Yankee fans, following Jeter all the way as well as a Met’s fan. She enjoyed Harry the talk show.
Esther was predeceased by her father and mother, Roe Andrus and Alice (Sturdevant) Andrus Doty; brothers, George, William and Robert; sisters, Alice Irene and Estella; sons-in-law, David Vann and Sam Geppert; and her husband, Gilbert who passed away on December 9, 1996 who she married on February 19, 1949.
Esther is survived by her children, Gail (David) Williams, Marjorie (William) Sellers, Beverly Shilling, Deborah (Jeff) Northrop, Janet (Donnie) Grippin, Rodney Shilling, Rosemary (George) Myers and Donald Shilling; 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
A time of calling will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 1 to 2 PM at the Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street, Waverly, New York. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2 PM with Rev. Cindy Schulte officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Elmira. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Esther’s family may visit our Facebook page or by sending a private message of sympathy in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com