Mary Louise (McMahon) Corser 12/22/1931 – 06/04/2022
On June 4, 2022, our Mother transcended peacefully into the arms of our dear Lord, with her family by her side. Mom is now reunited with loved ones who have passed before her, rejoicing with our Dad as they continue their journey of love and commitment for eternity. Mary Louise was predeceased by her parents, James and Margaret McMahon; her husband of 67 years, Herbert Charles Corser; infant son, Joseph; daughter, Sheryl A Corser O’Brien; son, Daniel James Corser; sister, Helen Gross-Reis; and son -in-law, David Mann. Mom is survived by 3 of her children; Eileen Mann, David (Jennifer) Corser , Maureen (Scott) Singer; Grandchildren, Kelly, Kerry, Kevin, Mylea, Mara, Cara, and Maximilian ; Great-Grandchildren, Shana, Liam, Aaron, Brock, and Logan; very dear sister-in-law, Patricia Guinane; cherished cousins Teresa Dorner and Genevieve Kvasnak; beloved children of her sister Helen; MaryJo, Patti, Peggy, and Bob; and many adored nieces and nephews. Also surviving Mom are the incredible team of caregivers that provided love and compassion for Mary Louise, and for our family over recent years; Beth C, Amy, Joanne, Katy, Jill, Cathy, Annette, Beth A, and of course our sweet nieces (Kelly and Kerry). Mom recognized and appreciated everyone’s contributions and kindness on a daily basis –we too will be forever grateful. Mom will always be remembered for providing our family and friends with decades of beautiful music. We will miss Mom’s concerts dearly. A piano player since the fourth grade, she shared her love of music and her incredible gift with so many over the years. She had a touch for the keys that brought a song to life, drew you in to sing-along, and left you longing for an encore. Her piano playing was the source of joy and entertainment at home and about town, as she was often asked to play at parish events, community celebrations, and lest we forget, closing time at Hanson's Hotel, at Oquaga.
Mary Louise was born on December 22, 1931, in Binghamton, NY. She grew up on the west side of Binghamton, where she attended Saint Patrick’s Academy and Ridley's Business School. Mary Lou looked back fondly to her Saint Patrick's schooldays and the lifelong friendships that were formed there. At Ridley's, Mary mastered stenography and typing, paving the way for many career opportunities for which she took great pride throughout her years of service to the City of Binghamton and Broome County. Mary enjoyed providing administrative support in several governmental offices, including: the Mayor's Office, Corporation Counsel, the City Clerk's Office, and the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. She was recognized for her skilled service through an appointment to serve as the Clerk of the Broome County Legislature, in this role Mom engaged at a level that brought her tremendous joy and sense of accomplishment. She had an appreciation for the political arena and thrived in this environment.
Mary volunteered for several organizations that were near and dear to her heart throughout her life. She remained active in the Ladies of Charity, working at the Nearly New Shop for as long as she was able. Mary was active in the Monday Afternoon Club and at St. Patrick's Church. Many of her favorite memories were of the days she sang with the St. Patrick's Choir, sharing faith and friendship with her fellow parishoners. Mary and Herbert were married on November 29, 1952. A union blessed by God, and nurtured by faith. As our sweet Mom reminisced about her life, she said that when Herbie proposed to her that she thought she had struck gold. For those around them for their 67 years of marriage, we also struck gold. From the amazing summers spent at their Oquaga Lake cottage to the memorable Christmas gatherings filled with love, to the treasured afternoons visiting with great neighbors, family, and friends on the porch at "22", our lives have been made all the richer thanks to their strong bond and selfless examples. Mary Louise McMahon Corser will be missed beyond measure by her family and friends. The kindness and hospitality that she offered to others were sincere outpourings of the love in her heart, and her appreciation of life. She has left an enduring imprint on the hearts of many to carry on by her example to live life to the fullest and trust in the Lord. Visitation will be held at St. Patrick's Church, corner of Oak and Leroy Streets, Binghamton, Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Mary's memory may be made to the Mercy House of the Southern Tier, 212 North McKinley Avenue., Endicott, NY 13760. Please visit ParsonsFuneral.com to offer your condolences.
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