Sr. Mary Carstater

Sr. Mary Esther Carstater

Thursday, July 30th, 1931 - Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
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Brighton: God called Sister Mary Esther home, March 12, 2019, during her 69th year as a Sister of Mercy.
Sister Mary Esther entered the Sisters of Mercy after graduating from Elmira Catholic High. She received a BA in English from Nazareth College and a MLS degree from SUNY Geneseo. She held Certifications for Public Librarians and for Library Media Specialists.
Sister Esther taught at St. Andrew, and St. Charles Borromeo Elementary Schools as well as Our Lady of Mercy HS. She then became a Teacher/Librarian at Notre Dame HS in Elmira. Following this, for the next 38 years, she was Librarian and Library Media Specialist at Our Lady of Mercy HS. She was a part-time instructor at Catherine McAuley College and an avid writer of poetry, having several of her poems published in the National Poetry Anthology. In retirement, she oversaw the Sisters of Mercy Library and volunteered two weeks each summer, ministering to mothers and their children at The Children’s Center in Bedford Hills, NY. In May she would have celebrated her 70th Jubilee as a RSM. Survived by cousins and the Sisters of Mercy.

Friends are welcome Monday, March 18 from 4 to 7 PM at Mercy Center, 1437 Blossom Road, with a vigil service at 7 PM. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, March 19, 10:00 AM at Mercy Center. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, March 18th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, March 18th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Mercy Center
    1437 Blossom Rd.
    Rochester, NY 14610
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 10:00am
    Mercy Center
    1437 Blossom Rd.
    Rochester, NY 14610
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Holy Sepulchre Cemetery


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Elizabeth Brasser

Posted at 02:17pm
Sr. Esther was truly a “Renaissance woman” and a wonderful Sister of Mercy. She was extremely well traveled and so knowledgeable about all manner of topics. She wanted to share all her knowledge and joy with others. A quiet woman, she was very independent; she lived to empower others. Her library was a refuge for many, even a kitty now and then.
She will long be remembered and missed. Her work with Dr. Jean Harris (look her up, Folks) inspired her to drive in and out of NYC summers to unite children with their mothers in prison. Sr. Esther was a formidable woman and deserves to Rest In Peace.

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