Esther Louise Mollison Korowski 1923-2023
Esther Louise Mollison Korowski died quietly in her home in Goshen on 10/31/23 surrounded by her “fur family.” Her daughter Nina and niece Annette were by her side. She passed 5 weeks shy of her 100th birthday. Esther is the daughter of Stewart Mollison and Emiline Tompkins Mollison. She was born prematurely December 08, 1923 at home in Goshen. She was told they didn’t think she would survive so she was wrapped in flannel and placed in a box near the wood stove where she obviously survived and thrived.
She is predeceased by her brothers George Mollison, James Mollison, Harold Mollison, and Charles Mollison, and her “baby sister” Lois Mollison Bacon. Esther’s husband Peter died in 2005 after 63 years of marriage and her son David died in 2016. And she has sadly lost many other family members and friends over the years
She is survived by her daughters Nina Korowski Pinger and Elizabeth Korowski, sister Ruth Mollison Dresser, sisters-in-law Helen Mollison and Rose Korowski as well as several nieces and nephews including Annette Korowski who has resided with her for the past 2 years, Karen Karowski who visited often, and Donna Ellis who stayed in contact with her regularly. She enjoyed many visits with her much loved grandson Marc Massey. She is also survived by her beloved dog Abby and her two cats DT and Missy.
She graduated from Williamsburg High School and worked to support WWII by joining the women’s work force in the local factories.
Esther was employed most of her life as a caregiver working as a nursing assistant in many area rest homes and long term care facilities over her lifetime. She loved working with elders. She briefly ran the Goshen Rest Home out of her home before new regulations made it too difficult. She worked at Cooley Dickinson for several years. She never really retired until she was in her 80’s as she continued to do private duty home health services.
She was a lover of animals, had horses when she was younger, and rode regularly for many years often with her good friend Dora Emerson. She always had an assortment of cats and dogs around and said she liked her animals better than most people. Her children were her world. Most of their friends called her Mom and enjoyed being recipients of her hugs and love.
She had strong opinions and wasn’t afraid to express them. She was a voracious reader and her last years were full of reading with her cats keeping her company. She had always admired Amelia Earhart and regretted never getting a pilots license. She is flying high now although her passing left a big change in the universe. Our world will never be the same without her.
Williamsburg Funeral Home in Haydenville was entrusted with her cremation.
A Celebration of Life will be held in May with details to be announced in the Spring.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Highland Ambulance Service in Goshen; Goshen Fire Department; or CDH Hospice.