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Obituary - Esther S. Sherline

Esther S. Sherline

Date of Passing: October 15th, 2019

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Esther (Slakter) Sherline, 94, passed away peacefully surrounded by her devoted family on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the Siegenthaler Center. Esther was born on May 27, 1925 in Utica, NY to Hyman Slakter and Rose (Elias) Slakter. Esther was educated locally and graduated from Utica Free Academy in 1943. She furthered her education at Utica College and graduated in 1968 cum laude. Esther was employed as a clerk typist at Rome Airbase until she received a scholarship from Syracuse University for the cadet nursing program during World War II. During the war, Esther became engaged to "the boy next door" Gerald T. Sherline who was serving in the United States Army Signal Corps in Africa and Europe. Esther and Gerry were married on December 22, 1946. Their union was a true partnership and one that lasted almost 50 years until his death in 1996. Esther is survived by her children, Janice (Tom) Sherline Jenny, Alan Sherline, and Debra Sherline (Joseph Houghtaling); her grandchildren, David (Kelli) Sherline, Erin (Sam) Sherline Scalise, Ryan (Rocio Martinez) Jenny, and Brett (Anissa Clemons) Jenny. She is also survived by her beloved great grandchildren, Alyssa, Jacob, Katie and Brooke Sherline, Ethan, Rachel and Anna Jenny, and Skyler, Jaden, Alexa and Riley Clemons. She is also survived by in-laws, including Jay and Ellen Sherline, Sandi Sherline, Martha Sherline, and Nancy Slakter. Esther lived a life of great character filled with family values, a thirst for learning, and an appreciation for history and current events. She loved to read, write and travel. She had a special place in her heart for children and animals. Her wisdom and unique storytelling entertained her family and friends. Her simple pleasures included taking care of her loved ones and her home. She enjoyed the beauty of the Mohawk Valley which she called "God's country". From taking life inch by inch, to wondering where the birdies is, to paddling her own canoe, to every I love you, Esther showed great love. She was predeceased by her husband; her parents; her brother, Malcom Slakter; special uncle, Harry Elias; her in-laws, Edward and Rose Sherline; and many loved ones too numerous to name. The family would like to thank the staff of the Siegenthaler Center and dear friend Lynn Igoe for all the loving care during her illness. Esther's life will be celebrated at Temple Emanu-El, 2710 Genesee Street, Utica on Sunday, October 20 at 2:00 pm. Rabbi Peter Schaktman will officiate. The family will greet guests at the Temple prior to the service from 1-2 pm. Shiva will be observed Sunday from 4-7 pm at Alan's house, 4 Jewett Place in Utica. Friends and family are welcome. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice, Siegenthaler Center or Spring Farm Cares. Arrangements are with Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., New Hartford.


Dear Al, Janice, David and family,
So sorry to learn of your dear mother/grandmother's passing. What a legacy she left you all with such an exemplary life. Her love of education surely passed on to you, Al and Janice, as you chose your life's work. God be with you all.. Your neighbors and friends, Janet and Dave George

Janet George

Dear Janice and Alan
My condolences to you and your family in the passing of your mother. She lived quite a rich, full life! I never knew she was in the Nursing Corp during WWII. I would have loved to talk with her regarding her experiences. My Love to you both, Susan
Susan P Weston

Alan, Janice , Debra and all the Sherline family,

I'm sending you my condolences on the passing of your Mom. ❤️

I am sure she was greeted in heaven by so many Moms and Dads , including mine.

Peace be with her and all who loved her. ❤️

Nancy Cox Marafioti
Louisa and Carl Cox's daughter.
"Sonny"Joe Cox and Carol Cox's sister.
Nancy Cox Marafioti

Erin, I'm so sorry for the loss of your grandmother. She was such a dear friend to my mom. You and your family are in my thoughts and payers.
Gina Graniero

Dear Esther and Gerry Sherline family,
April and I send our condolences to you on the loss of Aunt Esther. Since it has been many years since I was in Utica and saw her, probably at Grandma Rose's funeral, my memories of her are little more than impressions. Her husky, strong voice; watching over us kids as we'd play with Duke, perhaps going with us to Old Forge, and her pride in the Sherline family. She sent April and me a lovely card and gift when we were married, so she never stopped working to keep even those of us Sherlines who are far from Utica connected. And calling my Dad "Donnie." Not too many people in the world could pull that off!
Ed Sherline

Janice , i was so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I have such fond memories of us in our younger years testing her patience the many times I would sleep over and we'd talk and giggle long into the night. She was truly a special lady, very accomplished in her own right, but completely devoted to her family and those she loved. My condolences to you and all the family for your loss. Love, Patsy
Patsy Smith Gallacher

Janice,Al and family: We are very sorry that your Mom passed. Her long life was truly a great life. It is tough to lose a Mom, but you were so fortunate to have had her in your life for such a long time. May God bless her and the Sherline family. Love, Sam and Anne Arcuri
Sam Arcuri

I am deeply saddened to read of Mrs. Sherline's passing. Reading of how greatly loved Mrs. Sherline was is very touching. May she rest in peace, and may her children and grandchildren take comfort in her having led an exemplary life, in knowing that she was loved and adored by so many
Ira Berkowitz

To the family of Mrs. Sherline,
My sincere condolences to the entire family. May she Rest In Peace and may God provide comfort to you during this sad time,
Dave Laurey