Mark L. Eisenstadt, 77, died March 13, 2018.
The cause was a brain tumor that also erased the Trump presidency from his memory. Mark was a beloved husband, grandfather, father, brother, father-in-law, brother-in-law and friend. He retired from the Union-Endicott School District after 38 years as a teacher. He taught at Jennie F. Snapp Middle School and Charles F. Johnson Elementary School. He also taught at Tioga Center. His joy in life was his family. Mark was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the oldest son of Romayne (Kreisler) and Albert Eisenstadt. He studied many things at the University of Scranton, and had bachelor’s degrees in both business and education, and a master’s degree in education. He became a teacher, which is how he met his wife, Marty (Hooper) Eisenstadt. They taught together at Jennie F. Snapp Junior High School. He wowed her with his humor and kindness. They married a year after they met. Nearly 53 years later, they were still happy. He loved her endlessly. And she him. Marty would yell “Mark, what are you eating?” every time she heard the pantry door slide open. Aside from that giant brain tumor, his health was outstanding thanks to her. And he would follow her anywhere, including the gym most mornings. Mark was a fixer and a tinkerer from an early age. The story goes that he invented a radio alarm clock as a kid before they were commercially available, using rubber bands and probably duct tape. It’s possible he, alone, kept the spackle and duct tape industry going. He loved building things, especially for other people, and almost never read an instruction manual. Mark was most happy doing things for other people. If he had something you needed, he’d give it to you without a second thought. If he was at your house and saw a mechanical problem, it’s likely he’d fix it. Or try. If you needed a ride or just some company, he’d show up, no matter the time or place. His pride and joy were his children and grandchildren. He would do, and did, anything for them, their friends, and their friends’ friends. He loved making people laugh, to the joy and embarrassment of his children and wife. He enjoyed telling jokes, especially political jokes, to strangers. He’s the author of several publications, including “100 Sayings about Bagels (Lox Extra),” and an essay that appeared in U.S. News and World Report when he turned 40. It was about his sardine diet. Mark believed in God, miracles, ghosts and aliens. He loved to talk politics and philosophy. He believed, and taught us all, that nothing is impossible. And he taught us to always be kind. Mark is a past president of Temple Concord, in Binghamton, NY, and served on the temple board. He also taught religious school there for many years. He is survived by his wife, Marty (Hooper) Eisenstadt; his son, Scott Eisenstadt and wife Carolyn (Stoneberg) Eisenstadt; his daughter, Marnie Eisenstadt and her husband Jeremy Boyer; brother Michael Eisenstadt and sister-in-law Mary Beth Eisenstadt; his sister-in-law Edna Hooper; brother Steven Eisenstadt; grandchildren Ella Boyer, Nora Boyer and Ally Eisenstadt. Services will be at Temple Concord in Binghamton. Visitation Friday at 10 a.m., service to follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Temple Concord, 9 Riverside Dr., Binghamton, 13950; Make-A-Wish Central New York, 5005 Campuswood Dr., East Syracuse, NY 13057, or any presidential candidate who challenges Donald Trump. Please visit ParsonsFuneral.Com to offer your condolences.