Obituary of Joan Young
Joan Hester Young passed away peacefully on November 21, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Joan lived life to the fullest until the end. She was full of love, wit and valued her friendships and family. Joan was a devoted wife and best friend to her husband, John. She was a loving mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. Joan was born in Binghamton, NY, graduated from Binghamton Central High School Class of 1956, Cornell University Class of 1960 where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, and received a Master's in Education at SUNY Cortland. Joan was a teacher in the Binghamton City School District for over 30 years. Joan was a lifelong member of St. Patrick's Church, a member of the Board of Trustees at Broome Community College, a member of the Binghamton Junior League, Monday Afternoon Club, and various other community organizations. Joan is predeceased by her parents, Joseph P. Hester Sr. and Mary Walpole Hester, and her brother Hon. Joseph P. Hester Jr. Joan is survived by her husband of 53 years, John W. Young and their three children: Hon. Mark H. Young and his wife Dawn, Meghan Y. Crowley and her husband Kiernan, Mara Y. Grace and her husband Christopher; and eight grandchildren: Jaime and Reagan Young, Conlon, Ronan, Brody and Alley Crowley, and Finnegan and Declan Grace; her sister Marilyn Hester Ridgley and her husband Robert; sister in law Suzanne Hester; many beloved nephews and nieces as well as many dear friends. Joan loved spending time with her family and friends. She loved going to all of her her kids and grandkids sporting events and activities. She spent her winters in Jupiter, Florida and summers at Oquaga Lake. She cherished her time at the at lake where she was able to be with her children and grandchildren swimming and waterskiing all day. Joan enjoyed playing golf and paddle tennis with her friends at the Binghamton Country Club, tennis with her friends, and playing bridge with husband and other couples. The family would like to acknowledge and thank the wonderful care and respect Joan received from Lourdes Hospital, Hilltop and Wilson Hospital. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Patrick's Church, corner of Oak and Leroy Streets, Binghamton, Monday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main Street, Binghamton, Sunday 1-4 pm. Expressions of sympathy in Joan's memory may be made to St. Patrick's Church, 9 Leroy Street, Binghamton, NY 13905.