Esther M. (Mitzie) McIlwain

McIlwain, Esther M. (Mitzie)

Age 72, of the Chemung County Nursing Facility in Elmira, NY, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital Elmira, NY on Sunday, June 23, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Mitzie was born on December 19, 1940 in Elmira, NY. She was a retired, long-service employee of the Chemung County Nursing Facility where she resided for the last few years of her life. She was preceded in death by her loving son, Alan Blaney; her brother, James Mosher; her special sister-in-law, Yolanda Mosher; and her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Laura Kaul of Elmira, NY, Cindy (Mike) Abruzzese of North Syracuse, NY, Kim (Greg) Wheeler of Pine City, NY; her daughter-in-law, Maureen (Charlie) Kohnken of Horseheads, NY; her loving siblings: sister, Ruth Morse Taylor of Canton, PA and brothers, Chuck Mosher of Canton, PA, David (Linda Morse) of Williamsport, PA; sister-in-law, Sharon Mosher of Elmira, NY; her grandchildren, who she loved and cherished greatly, Joshua (Teresa Muccigrosso) Davis and Ian Wheeler of Pine City, NY, Jeremy Dunn of Elmira, NY, Kearston Dunn of Richmond, VA, Emily Blaney (Brian Grose) of Colchester, VT and Claire Blaney of Horseheads, NY; and great-granddaughters, Haley and Grayce Muccigrosso Davis. She is also survived by her estranged husband, Wayne McIlwain of Wellsburg, NY; many nieces and nephews who loved and cared for her over the years, including Tom and Cindy Coyle of Canton, PA and Ed and MaryBeth Mosher of Syracuse, NY; and special sister-in-law, Geraldine McIlwain of Clyde, NY. Mitzie had many close friends, too many to acknowledge, but they were near to her heart and always in her thoughts and prayers. The family wishes to thank her "adopted" family members: the staff and administration of the Chemung County Nursing Facility, especially the staff of the second floor, and her medical caregivers, Dr. Keith Parker, Sam Russell, P.A. and Dr. Bruno Mazza. They saved her life on many occasions and she loved them all, very much. Thank you for allowing us to have her for many years beyond what we thought was possible. According to Mitzie's wishes, there will be no formal calling hours or services. The family will celebrate her life privately.

Published in Star-Gazette from June 26 to June 28, 2013