Eastman, Anne G.
Anne Marie Gardner Eastman, beloved wife of the late Professor Lester Eastman, died peacefully the morning of December 16 at Kendal at Ithaca surrounded by family after battling a short illness. Born in 1930 in Syracuse to Harold and Rena Gardner, she was raised with her dear sister Betty in Chittenango by her father and stepmother Verna after her mother's untimely death in 1934 when Anne was 4. She graduated a Regents Scholar at age 16 from Chittenango High School, where she was a star basketball player, and pursued a career as Licensed Practical Nurse. While working at Oneida Hospital, Anne met Lester, her future husband and love of her life through her coworker and dear friend Jean Eastman. After her wedding she moved to Ithaca where she resided the remainder of her life (65 years as of their anniversary on 12/22/2013). She gave up her nursing career to raise a family. An active athlete throughout her life, she loved swimming, figure skating and dancing; she was usually the life of any party she attended and relished her many friendships in Ithaca and in Dryden where she lived for many years. A passionate homemaker, she loved sewing and baking, and took pride in maintaining an immaculate home. Anne traveled throughout the United States and Europe with her husband. Longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, Anne served as Deacon and Elder, and loved her Women's Bible Study Group. Anne had a particular vocation caring for her husband's students and their families, and leaves friends bereft around the world. Anne found a new home and community at Kendal, where she loved her cottage, and leaves many devoted friends, both fellow residents and staff. But her primary passion from beginning to end remained her family, devoted husband Les and her 3 children. She is survived by son David, son Daniel (Joan Quinn), and daughter Laurie (John Veal); four grandchildren (Jason, Elizabeth, Evan and Jonathan); and seven great-grandchildren. In addition she felt a special bond with the children of her late sister Betty Ward (Robert, Patricia, Peter, and Kathy). The family invites all who loved her to a Celebration of Anne's Life to be held at Kendal at Ithaca on Triphammer Road on Friday, December 27th, at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Interment will be private. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in her memory, to the Salvation Army, Ithaca, 150 North Albany Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 (www.use.salvationarmy.org/USE/www_USE_Ithaca.nsf) or ASPCA, Ithaca Chapter, 1640 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 (http://www.spcaonline.com/). Bangs Funeral Home will be assisting the family.
Bangs Funeral Home, Inc. - Ithaca
209 W Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Published in Ithaca Journal from Dec. 21 to Dec. 26, 2013