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Mary Lou "Ely" Ekstrom

Died: July 3, 2019
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Mary Lou (Ely) Ekstrom, 65, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at home surrounded by family in Binghamton, NY. She was pre-deceased by her parents, Robert F. and Mary Lou Ely. She is survived by her husband, Peter Ekstrom; three children, Evan (Cassandra), Suzanne, and Emily Ekstrom; beloved and beautiful granddaughter Reija; favorite sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Ronald Komsa; and several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. After graduation from Adelphi University, Mary Lou was a dedicated employee at IBM for 24 years and then continued working at Cadence Design Systems until her retirement in 2017. She and Peter married in 1975 and moved to Binghamton in 1978. Mary Lou was a faith formation teacher for over 20 years at St Christopher’s and St Francis of Assisi parishes and in 2015 won the Sr. Katie Eiffe Seeds of Faith Award for her dedication. She loved singing and was a member of the church choir. Mary Lou battled breast cancer in 1996, and colon cancer from 2012 until her death. Throughout her life, Mary Lou was known as a caring, intelligent, independent person. She was socially active, paying close attention to ways to make the world a better place for everyone; donating to causes she felt would make a difference and actively helping by lending a hand to those less fortunate in her community and around the world. She had varied interests including, reading, sewing, singing, and playing piano and guitar. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, co-worker, and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday 10:30 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1031 Chenango Street, Binghamton. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at church Thursday from 9 am until Mass time at 10:30 am. Per Mary Lou’s wishes, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the Southern Tier Homeless Coalition or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

St. Francis of Assisi Church

Address:

1031 Chenango Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

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Service Information

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019

Time: 10:30 am

St. Francis of Assisi Church

Address:

1031 Chenango Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

| Map





Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

St. Francis of Assisi Church

Address:

1031 Chenango Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

| Map


Cemetery Information

Calvary Cemetery

Address:

501 Fairview Avenue, Johnson City, NY, 13790

 

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Susan Genova posted on 7/8/19

MaryLou was a wonderful woman, coworker, and friend. I will miss her spirit, smile and our conversations. Heaven has a new angel who will lead the choir of angels and I hope that provides some comfort in the coming days and years to come. MaryLou, may you rest in eternal peace. I will think of you often and smile and will miss you always.

 

Jagjot Kaur posted on 7/8/19

To MaryLou’s family, Marylou will always be remembered more as a good soul, a good human being and a guide than a co-worker. Her presence brought a smile on the faces of many at office and she always walked an extra mile to bring a personal touch to everything she did. May her soul rest in peace - From Jagjot @ Cadence San Jose

 

Debbie Parson posted on 7/8/19

To Trisha and family, Mary Lou will live on in your hearts and memories. Every time you think of all the good times and happy memories, she lives in you. May God bless and strengthen you during the rough times. 💕🌹

 

Tom Valind posted on 7/8/19

Mary Lou was a good friend and co-worker. I appreciate everything that she did to 'bring me up to speed' at work and her patience as I learned. I remember her running many a 'code bash' at work reigning in her unruly students from all over the world. Again organized, helpful, and patient. Mary Lou was truly a person who cared about helping others. I am sorry for your loss. Mary Lou will be greatly missed by not only you, her family, but by her extended family at IBM and Cadence.

 

Sheryl and Mal DeStafeno-Bowe posted on 7/7/19

I remember taking with Mary Lou at her niece Heather’s wedding. It was clear to me that she enjoyed having fun with her family and that she was a very positive person. I am sending our condolences to her husband, children and their children and especially her beloved sister Tricia, husband Ron and Heather and Robby. I know that everyone who knew her will carry her memory with them always.

 

Doris Treuer posted on 7/7/19

Oh my! I am so very sorry to hear of your loss, Tricia! May God be with you and comfort you! Surely your beloved sister is with Jesus in heaven now!

 

Patty posted on 7/6/19

Cassie so sorry to hear of your family's loss...thoughts are with you.

 

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