Esther M. Lewis Roche, 91, of Taylor, died Wednesday morning at the VNA inpatient unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center. Her husband, William "Bud," died March 2, 2008.
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Born in Taylor on March 27, 1921, daughter of the late Lewis A. and Mary Jane Morton Lewis, she was a graduate of Taylor High School, class of 1939, and a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Taylor. Esther was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, giving her family more than life itself. She was a woman of strong faith, and read the scriptures daily, bringing her comfort, hope and courage to face each day. Throughout her life, her family came first, and she enjoyed sharing and teaching her Welsh recipes to her family.
Also surviving are two daughters, Eileen J. Gisolfi, Scranton; and Linda Burns, Dunmore; nine grandchildren, Alan and Lori Romey, Taylor; Jeff Romey, Old Forge; Gina Gisolfi, Moosic; Joseph Ciannilli, Florida; Dana Ciannilli, Dunmore; William Golmbeski, Spring Brook; Kenneth and Danielle Golmbeski; and a son-in-law, Kenneth Golmbeski, all of Old Forge; three great-grandchildren, Brandon Romey, Marco and Nevaen Ciannilli, and Abby Golmbeski.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Beth Golmbeski.
The funeral will be private on Friday from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, with services by the Rev. Norm Demming, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Taylor. Interment will be in the Milwaukee Cemetery.
There will be no public calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 401 W. Grove St., Taylor 18517. Visit www.semian cares.com to share memories or extend condolences.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 31, 2013