Esther Ratynski

Esther R. Ratynski (Force)

Saturday, July 4th, 2020
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Esther R. Ratynski of Schenectady passed away Saturday evening July 4 at her home surrounded by her family.

Born in Rotterdam, NY, Esther was the daughter of the late Harold and Chloe (Pillig) Force and a graduate of Schenectady Schools.

An employee of New York Telephone and later AT&T for over 35 years, Esther was working for operator services as a Supervisor at the time of her retirement. A member of the former Immaculate Conception Church in Schenectady, Esther was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and churches choir. She was also a member of the 3rd Order of St Francis (Secular Franciscan Order), a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Schenectady Senior Citizens.

Devoted to her family, Esther was the beloved wife of over 39 years of John S. Ratynski, mother of the late Susan Ratynski and sister of the late Harold Raymond Force Jr. and his wife the late Kathleen Force and her special sister-in-law the late Jane Furman. Esther was also predeceased by several half brothers and half sisters and nieces and nephews.

Esther was the beloved and devoted mother of Nancy Payack (Robert) of Schenectady, Diane McCall (David) of Loudonville, Judith Charles (Gerald) of Queensbury, Mary Feldblum (Nathan) of Loudonville and John M. Ratynski of Schenectady, the cherished grandmother of Joseph Horton 3rd, Judith Payack, Jennifer Austen, step-grandmother of Christopher McCall (Sadie)and Megan Costello (Sean), great grandmother of, Cedric ,Holly and Elizabeth Austen and step-grandmother of, Kaleigh and Harper McCall, Finn, Rose and Henry Costello. Esther was also survived by many dear and special friend’s

Funeral services for Esther will be held private at the convenience for her family.

Interment will be in Most Holy redeemer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Esther’s memory to Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, Ny 12205.

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    Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery
    2501 Troy Schenectady Rd.
    Niskayuna, NY
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Stephanie N MacIntosh

Posted at 09:04am
Dear Mary and Family, We were so saddened to hear of Esther's passing. Her memories live on in all of you, and we hope they will bring you some comfort. The phlox she shared with me from her yard still blooms every year in our garden, and it will always remind me of her. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Stephanie and Mike MacIntosh

Marie Finn Posted at 04:23pm

Esther has been our family friend for 68 years with many precious memories. We continued our loving friendship even though we lived miles apart. Our children, Terry and Karen and our grandchildren have the wonderful "Esther Christmas stocking" We will miss you dearest friend. Our sympathies to Nancy, Judy, Diane, Mary and John and their families Ron and Marie Finn

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