Esther A. (Taylor) Buschak

Esther A. (Taylor) Buschak

Esther A. (Taylor) Buschak of Cranesville, PA passed away on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 surrounded by loved ones. She was 96 years old. Esther is preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Buschak, her parents, Bessie and Mearl Taylor, and her siblings Stanley Taylor, Richard Taylor, Laura Matthias, Beverly Gage and Marjorie Funkhouser. She is survived by her children, Sandra Buschak-Jackson (Bob), Dennis Buschak (Nancy), Sally Buschak-Irick (Lem) and Esther Buschak-Smith (Richard); grandchildren, Derek Englesberg (Amy), Morgan Jackson (Corinne), Justin Irick (Sara), Nicole Irick-Parent (Jonathan), Danielle Lambert (Nathan), Lena Ferry (Thomas), Lauren Enyart (Joshua), Erica Smith-Murrow (John), and Lance Irick; and great grandchildren, Luke Enyart, Jacob Enyart, Liam Jackson, Abigail Enyart, Grace Jackson, Madeline Enyart, Baxter Englesberg, Colette Irick, Corwyn Englesberg, and Austin Lambert. An 11th great grandchild, Baby Parent, is due to arrive in December 2021. Esther is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. Esther was a devout Christian and lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was active in the community – Member of the 51 Club, Eastern Star member, volunteer at Albion Food Pantry, Girl Scout and Cub Scout Leader and Sunday School Teacher. Esther was passionate about family and never missed any high school and college graduations, weddings, reunions, Black Friday shopping trips and so much more. Aside from her immediate family, she acted as a surrogate mother and grandmother for many, opening her home to anyone in need of support or just good food and casual conversation. If you had the pleasure of visiting with Esther in her home, you would be welcomed with a smile, followed by a hug, and were asked to stay for dinner, a game of cards and a nightcap of specialty chocolate or one of her famous homemade desserts. Friends would describe her as generous, not only financially through donations to local organizations but also generous with her time spent cultivating and fostering her relationships with others. When she was not at her home in Cranesville, Esther loved to travel to both United States and overseas locations to expand her view of the world. Her travels took her to Alaska, the Pacific Coast Highway, Disney World, Cape Cod, China, Spain, Germany, Australia, truly too many to count. Throughout her life, Esther loved learning new things. Whether it was reading books from the library, and later on via her Kindle, she took pride in her knowledge of a plethora of topics. She enjoyed keeping her mind sharp by watching the news, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune nightly. As the pandemic set in, Esther learned how to use Zoom and frequently connected with loved ones via her IPad for “face-to-face” conversations. Esther’s age, 96, was nothing but a number to her, continuously fostering her curiosity to explore new territories, both technologically and physically, without slowing down. Esther’s adventurous spirit and passion for continued education lives on within her family. Esther’s family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, December 3rd, from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and again from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM for viewings at Mattera Funeral Home (188 E State St, Albion, PA 16401). Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 4th at 1:00 PM at Grace United Methodist Church (49 Franklin St, Albion, PA 16401) with a Christian burial to immediately follow at Hope Cemetery (10217 Meadville St, Cranesville, PA 16410). The family respectfully asks that everyone attending calling hours and/or the funeral service to wear a face mask. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the following organizations: Albion Area Library, Albion Food Pantry and/or Grace United Methodist Church. To light a memory candle or leave a condolence please visit


Left by  “Lisa (Lasher) Daugherty ” on 12/06/2021

To Snookie and All of Esther’s Family,
So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a sweet, caring, and loving person. I have many memories of her as our Girl Scout Leader, Eastern Star, and times at Grace United Methodist Church. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. May the Lord give you His comfort and His peace.
Gary & Lisa Daugherty

Left by  “James and Raine Sumner” on 12/04/2021

We are very sorry for your loss. Esther was such a gem. She and Marge were so kind to us when we started attending GUMC. They were both good friends of my grandma, Jeane Merritt.

Left by  “Dori Miller & Nancy Robison ” on 12/03/2021

It was a real pleasure knowing Esther, she certainly had a gift of kindness and will be sadly missed

Left by  “Debbie and Jim Feldmiller” on 12/03/2021

Our condolences to the family for their loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Left by  “Phil Tanner” on 12/03/2021

Sorry for your loss.

Left by  “pat mayhue” on 12/02/2021

i so enjoyed working with Esther at the Northwestern Food Pantry. She was such a sweet lady, with a happy sense of humor. We were blessed to know her.

Left by  “Sister Maureen Jeffreys” on 12/02/2021

Sister Esther was so kind and warm, always with a smile. Her Star point lectures were always said with such meaning. Deepest condolences.

Left by  “Jeff Caldwell ” on 12/01/2021

Denny, Sally… sorry to hear the news of your moms passing. She and mom were good friends. I remember her fondly during our youth. She was a wonderful lady. God Bless your family.

Left by  “Linda and Rod (Flea) Copeland” on 12/01/2021

Snookie, Rich and Family. Our sincere condolences. What a remarkable life and legacy your mother gifted you.

Left by  “Laura Lascek Headley ” on 12/01/2021

My wishes are sent for peace and comfort for you all. I remember Mrs Buschak and Snookie well.

Left by  “Doreen and Jack Strait” on 11/30/2021

Such good memories of Mrs. Buschak! She was such a great girl scout leader and taught us so much. What a life well lived and remembered. She will rest in peace in eternal heaven for sure.

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