Esther Leone

Obituary of Esther Leone

Esther Leone, 79, of Scranton, passed away at Linwood Nursing Home in Scranton on January 11, 2022 following a battle with cancer. Born on September 13, 1942 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Florence Sconda Leone. Esther was a longtime member of St. Ann’s Basilica in Scranton. Esther graduated from Scranton Technical High School and was the proprietor of E. Gilarde Construction and Gilarde Environmental Management. She was a kind and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend who will be dearly missed. Esther was a survivor, a strong woman who would give you the shirt off her back. She dedicated many years to raising her family. She particularly enjoyed spending time with family and friends and supporting her grandchildren and great grandchildren in the pursuit of their dreams and passions. She had many hobbies and interests. She had a lifelong passion for cooking, history, politics, and religion. She enjoyed spending several hours a day talking on the phone with family. Surviving are her children, Adriane York, her caregiver, and husband Dominick III, Moosic, Sheri Connelly, Old Forge, John Gilarde and wife Kristine, Covington Twp., Ignatius Gilarde Jr. and wife Sandra, Clarks Summit; her grandchildren, Myah York, Danielle and Ciara O’Malley, Olivia Schultes, Grace Gilarde (dec), Nora Gilarde, Katie Little, Nello Gilarde; and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother John Leone, a sister Marion Merli, a son-in-law Hugh Connelly, and former husband, Ignatius J. Gilarde Sr. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 am at St. Ann’s Basilica Parish, 1233 St. Ann St., Scranton. Condolences will be from 10 am until time of mass at the church on Saturday. Interment will be private at a later date. Arrangements are under the care and direction of James M. Margotta Funeral Home, Peckville. All attending are asked to follow COVID-19 protocols and wear a mask. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society (https://secure.acsevents.org/site/TR/Events/MosaicofHope?pg=fund&fr_id=9910&pxfid=2616507) or Wounded Warriors Project (https://communityfundraising.woundedwarriorproject.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=8109).
Saturday
15
January

Viewing

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, January 15, 2022
St. Ann's Basilica
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Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Wake
Saturday
15
January

Church Service

11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday, January 15, 2022
St. Ann's Basilica
1
Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Mass