Esther L. Rice

August 13, 1944 ~ June 28, 2020 (age 75)


Olean-Esther L. Rice, of Olean, passed away Sunday (June 28, 2020) at the Olean General Hospital.

Born August 13, 1944 in Salem, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Richard Schemelia and Esther Simmerman Gladfeldter.

Esther married Marshall Neil Rice on September 22, 1964, who predeceased her.

Before moving to the Olean area, Esther was a waitress for Three Brothers in Browns Mills, N.J., She also enjoyed playing bingo.

Surviving are three children; Caroline (Phillip Austin) Rice of Olean, Lisa (Scott) White of Clarksville, TN., Marshall Neil (Karen) Rice, Jr., of Browns Mills, N.J., ten grandchildren, Erika Rice, Michael Jamison, Amanda Cherry, Robert Spaeth,Kayleigh White, Bryan Rice, Katie Kelly, Tyler White, Taylor Rice, and Tanner Austin; five greatgrandchildren; five sisters, Alice Kay, Carol Marsh, Helen Fenimore, Eugenia Daniels, and Laura Harris; two brothers, Richard Schemelia, Jr., and Richard Schemelia; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by one brother, Stanley Schemelia.

There will be no services for her at this time. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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