Obituary of Elsie J. Jones
Peacefully on September 3, 2019 at age 84. Predeceased by her brother Everett W. Cone. Elsie is survived by her loving husband Robert of 64 years; children, Karen (Richard) Moscato, Brian (Linda) Jones, Barbara (Thomas) Natalie & Susan (Christopher) Dewey; grandchildren, Rebecca (Chad) Sherwood, Michael (Ann) Moscato, Allison Moscato, Douglas Natalie, Jennifer (Kevin) Penkrot, Jason Jones, Jacob Natalie & Cassandra Jones; 5 great grandsons.
No prior visitation Elsie’s Celebration of Life will be held 2 PM, Saturday September 7, 2019 at Greece Baptist Church ,1230 Long Pond Road, Rochester NY 14626. Private Interment. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Parkinson’s Foundation, Greater Rochester Chapter, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Rochester NY 14620.
Elsie Celebration of life:
What is mostly known about Elsie involves supporting the endeavors and dreams of her husband, 4 children, 8 grandchildren and enjoying the knowledge that she was a great grandmother to 5 great grandsons. Elsie was a fascinating person who did so much in her life. She was born in this area and lived here most of it. She lived on property that was provided to her family through a national land grant. Elsie graduated from West High and was a National Honor Society inductee. She studied music at the Eastman school for piano, but gave it up as a teenager. The piano would remain a source of enjoyment personally. Elsie started her working career as a private secretary.
She met and married her husband of 64 years Robert (Bob). They started a family. She left the working world for a few years….Elsie and Bob purchased the Maiden Lane house in time for Karen and soon Brian to start school. She also joined GBC around that time. Elsie was a stay at home mom in an up and coming tract community that would provide endless memories for the family. While the family was growing from 2 kids to 3 and then to 4, Elsie was finding new talents. She was trained and certified to transcribe books and sheet music into Braille. She worked for a survey company and collected phone surveys during the day and worked at the mall finding survey participants in person on Saturdays. The mall venture likely led to the next position which was a “hickory farms hostess”. The ones that came out of the store in Greece Town Mall and offered you samples. Hickory Farms was across the hall from Monroe Savings. Elsie inquired about a sign indicated they were hiring bank tellers. She applied and was hired. Bankers 9-3 hours served her schedule well and she excelled. She was promoted to a frontend desk position to sell insurance, open the vault for safe deposit boxes, and close the bank at the end of the day. She had maintained her notary public certification from private secretary days, she was a valuable asset! She would work at Monroe (and eventually M&T) until retirement.
Computers became part of the banking business. Instead of hiding from it, she wanted to understand it. Elise wanted to SEE a computer, so Karen arranged a tour of the Bausch + Lomb computer room (1985?). Imagine the old IBM ads, all manner of very large tape decks, console screens, processors and printers as large as a car. When it became a thing to have a home computer, Elsie wanted one. She and Bob were set up with a hand me down to start. 6 months later, she researched and bought a new one….the hand me down was too slow!!
Elsie played bridge in person and online for many years. She earned tournament points and achieved the Life Master status. Elsie also enjoyed bowling, ceramics, sewing and scrap booking as hobbies. She liked the slot machines! She won jackpots from Finger Lakes to Las Vegas and back to Del Lago. In the mid 1970’s, Bausch + Lomb sponsored a trip to Las Vegas. Elsie & Bob signed up and managed to farm out 4 kids ranging in age from High School to Pre-school to neighborhood friends for a week during the school year! Elsie was saving nickels for the slots for months!
In retirement, Elsie began to research their ancestors. The national land grant document would lead her to many hours of research back to the pilgrims. She was also documenting the growing decedent portion of our tree. When you joined our family, you needed to be ready with your parents’ names, grandparents, and oh yes…do you happen to know the names of your great grandparents? You became a branch on the tree!
Elsie has been a member of GBC for more than 50 years. She has been named to the Diaconate (more than once), she prepared and served communion, volunteered to manage coffee for forum hour after church. Elise ushered 4 kids through Sunday school, baptism classes, and youth group. She taught vacation bible school. She thoroughly enjoyed playing in the bell choir for as long as she was able.
Elsie used the increasing technology to her fullest advantage. Up until very recently she was operating a smart phone, a tablet, laptop and a wifi enabled printer. To do what you ask? Greeting cards, ancestry research, email, online shopping, skype,And of course, Face Book. “Don’t post what you wouldn’t want your grandmother to read”, was the truth for Elsie’s grandchildren. Coolest Grandma ever!