Patricia Elsbree

Obituary of Patricia M. Elsbree

On April 5, 2024, Patricia M. Elsbree, a cherished pillar of her community and beloved family

matriarch, passed away peacefully at her home in Greenville, New York, surrounded by her loving

family. Born on August 21, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Helen E. Wilson and William H. McCabe,

Patricia’s early years were marked by a

spirited dedication to her community, a trait that would define her entire life.

In 1943, Patricia and her family relocated to Oak Hill, New York, where she later graduated from

Middleburg High School in 1949. That same year, on November 25, she embarked on a lifelong

journey of love and partnership with David Elsbree. The couple made their home in Greenville, New

York, in 1961, where Patricia’s heart for service blossomed in numerous endeavors.

An early member of the Greenville Rescue Squad, Patricia served her community with

dedication and compassion as an EMT. Her commitment to health and well-being was further

demonstrated through her instrumental role in the founding of the Greenville Medical Center, following

Dr. Kenneth Bott’s retirement.

A faithful servant, Patricia’s involvement with the United Methodist Church of

Greenville-Norton Hill spanned over 60 years. There, she contributed her talents and time as a

member of the administrative board, choir, Sunday school teacher, lay delegate, and part of the

Elliott house, thrift shop, and caring team.

Patricia’s passion for learning and education led her to become one of the first teachers’ aides at

the Greenville School, later serving as a parenting aide for Greene County Social Services. Her green

thumb and love for beauty were evident in her active membership in the Clematis Garden Club,

enhancing the village parks with vibrant plantings.

Patricia’s profound love for the arts was evident in her skillful work across multiple mediums,

where she brought still life and landscapes to vivid expression with her unique artistic vision.

In 2023, Patricia’s lifelong service was recognized when she was honored as Greene County

Senior Citizen of the Year and was one of ninety-one Older New Yorkers honored by New York State

Office of Aging, a testament to her unwavering commitment to her community.

Patricia was predeceased by her loving husband, David Elsbree; her sister, Iris Cochrane; and

son-in-law, John Nomura. Her legacy of love and service lives on through her six children: Christiane

Elsbree, Kenneth Elsbree (Geraldine), Jeffrey Elsbree, Andrew Elsbree (Susan Kayne), Wayne

Elsbree (Melody), and Steven Elsbree (Victoria); her four sisters: Joyce Jones, Amanda Warner, Jimi

Rubino, and Linda Rosato; daughter-in-law, Eileen Elsbree; family friend, Sandi Dollinger; and

numerous nieces and nephews.  Patricia’s memory will also be cherished by her 21 grandchildren,

27 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored deeply.

Patricia M. Elsbree’s remarkable life was a beacon of thoughtfulness, service, and dedication. As

we remember her, we are inspired to continue her legacy of caring and community involvement. In lieu

of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Community Hospice

( honoring Patricia’s lifelong commitment to helping others.

                Memorial calling hours will be held on Tuesday, April 9th from 4 to 7 p.m. at A.J. Cunningham

Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville.  A memorial service to celebrate Patricia’s life will be

conducted on Wednesday, April 10th at 11 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church of Norton Hill, 5830

State Route 81, Greenville, followed by a reception in the Carney Center at the church.  Condolence

page is available at


Memorial Calling Hours

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 9, 2024
A. J. Cunningham Funeral Home
4898 State Route 81
Greenville, New York, United States

Memorial Service

11:00 am
Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Asbury United Methodist Church at Norton Hill
5830 State Route 81
Greenville, New York, United States
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