Mary F. Gersbacher, 82, passed away peacefully at Crouse Hospital on May 20. She was born and lived most of her life in Syracuse, except for the time she spent training and teaching in the Albany area. She graduated from St. Anthony of Padua School, class of 1957, the College of St. Rose, Albany and obtained her Master’s Degree from SUNY Cortalnd. She was a teacher for 34 years, with the last 26 in the Syracuse City School District. Mary loved sharing her travels with her students and preparing them for life in the world. She was always surrounded by the love of God, her family, and friends and knew they were her greatest blessings. Mary was very spiritual and had a deep respect for the Sisters of St. Joseph, some of whom remained life long friends.
She was pre-deceased by her parents: Frederick and Frances Gersbacher, a sister Ann and brother Daniel (Carole) Gersbacher, and a nephew Stephen.
She is survived by 2 brothers: Lawrence (Judith) and John (Ginger) Gersbacher; nieces and nephews: David, Kris, and Mark Gersbacher, Susan Kanavy, Mary Jo Beamish, Kym & Kelly Gersbacher, Heather Hazlett; and several great nieces & nephews.
The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, May 25 at 10:30am in Blessed Sacrament Church with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Friends may greet the family before mass in the church from 9-10:30am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervleit-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110 or the Transfiguration Monastery, 701 NY Route 79, Windsor, NY 13865.
To leave an online condolence or view the livestream of the mass, visit Mary’s page at www.shepardsonfh.com. Her family sends sincere appreciation to the staff at Crouse Hospital for their kindness and excellent care.