Esther Louise Nordberg

September 2, 1923February 15, 2014

Esther Pierce Nordberg died February 15, 2014 at A.O. Fox Hospital from complications of leukemia, her daughters at her side. Esther was born September 2, 1923 in Lisle, New York to Walter and Mary (Jones) Pierce. Having graduated from Whitney Point H.S., Esther earned her R.N. from Wilson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Johnson City. On November 13, 1944 she married Thorman Emery Nordberg who adored her ‘til death. Thor and Esther bought a home at 29 East Street where they raised their three daughters, an annual garden, and hosted many fierce horseshoe matches. In 1970, Esther and Thor moved to their Little House on the Lake Road in Laurens, restarting years of picnics, Rook cards and coffee and more horseshoes. Esther worked at Fox Hospital and as office nurse for Drs. John Latcher and Edward Eckman. A member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Esther had taught Sunday School and was a member of the Ladies Aid Society. Mom loved the French language, opera, all things BBC, books and puzzles. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilling and quilting, meticulous in her crafts as in all of life. To the delight of all, Esther tackled and mastered making Norwegian foods while her potato salad, molasses cookies and popcorn balls were perennial requests for family and church gatherings. Esther and Thor shared a passion for baseball and golf, traveling to Brooklyn Dodger Stadium and Fenway Park. Each year, Mom made sure our vacations were educational. Esther was predeceased by her husband, Thorman, her parents, brothers, Ken and Roger Pierce, sister, Daisy Brown, granddaughter, Kaline Winkler and son-in-law, John Delaney. Esther is survived by her daughters, Peggy (Federico) Serra-Lima, Thoranne (Tony) Winkler and Barbara Delaney; granddaughters, Marlys (Jim Hammond) Delaney-Hammond, Cass Young and Erin Guidici; grandsons, Kevin Winkler and Sean Delaney; seven lovely great granddaughters, Dakota, Madison and Casey Delaney-Hammond, Erica Young, Allie and Megan Guidici and Robyne Winkler; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ethel and Howard Beams; sister, Carol Pope plus a cherished gang of nieces and nephews. Mom loved dearly her kindred spirit, Jim Nordberg and his lovely wife, Lee. Esther enjoyed sparring with dear Dr. Cammilleri who gave generously of his TLC and expertise who with the always kind Dr. Matsuo got mom to the goal line: her 90th birthday. Per Mom’s wishes, there will be no funeral. Committal of Esther’s ashes, led by the Rev. Paul Messner, OCLP minister, will take place in Laurens Cemetery at the convenience of her family. Memorial gifts may be directed to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Main Street, Laurens, New York 13796 or the Oneonta Firemen’s Association, 81 Main Street, Oneonta, New York 13820.


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Jennifer (Ginger) Galloway

March 6, 2014

Our parents are together again, probably drinking coffee, eating Danish coffee cake, and playing cards! I am glad your Mom made it to 90 years!

John Higgins

February 21, 2014

Dear Peggy, Thoranne, Barb, We were sorry to hear about your mom's passing. We have many fond memories of our times spent with your Mom and Dad. They ,the Caiazza's and us celebrated many February birthdays together ....wonderful memories! You are in our prayers. John and Mary

February 19, 2014

Dear Thoranne and family, so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Gail&Harry Knapp (Sidney)


February 19, 2014

Dear Peggy, Thoranne and Barbara.....I was SO sorry to hear that Aunt Esther had passed away...she was a good lady and now is with Uncle Thorman getting ready for baseball season !!! I wish that I could give you all one of the Nordberg infamous hugs right now...Know that you are loved and in my thoughts...your cousin Noreen

Marlys Simonds

February 19, 2014

Peggy, Thoranne, and Barb,
Doug and I will so miss your mom. I have so many fond memories of her on East Street and in Laurens. Her wonderful cooking was always there for everyone to enjoy and I still remember her piercing my ears at age 12, saying now mousie quit being a mouse and let me do this! HA! My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you all and your families!!

Shirley & Lynn Finch

February 19, 2014

We have many pleasant memories of Thor and Esther, and we are so sorry for your loss.

Colette Odell

February 19, 2014

Dear Peggy and Father Serra-Lima,

I am sorry to learn of the illness and passing of Peggy's mother. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you and with all of Peggy's family at this time.

God bless you always.

Grace and peace,

~Colette Odell