Elizabeth died peacefully on August 16, 2013, with family holding her hand, at the Skilled Nursing Unit at Saint Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, New York, where she had been residing for the last 16 months. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was predeceased by her parents Augustus and Anna Flick Gaber, her sisters Eve Gaber and Mary Snyder, nephew John Snyder, her husband Frank Koskey, her grandson Duane Koskey and all her Koskey sisters- and brothers- in-law. She is survived by her daughter Evanna C. (Harvey Brickman) Koska, Cayuta, New York, with whom she had resided, and sons F. Walter (Janice) Koskey of Thompsonville, New York and Gerald (Diane) Koskey of Palm Coast, Florida and best friend since grammar school Mary Gurin of Camarillo, California. Mother was a member of the Lay Order of Saint Francis and would have celebrated her 40th anniversary of being professed this November 2013. After high school, Mother moved from Philadelphia to Yonkers to work and put herself through the Wilfred Beauty Academy of NYC. Afterward, she worked as a cosmetologist over the years until her illness forced her to move in 2011 to receive health care near her daughter. She worked in the Glenby Shop at the John Wanamaker store in Yonkers, and up until the Saturday before she came north in June 2011, she worked at the J.D. Salon in Yonkers, where she leaves many supportive friends. Over the years she also routinely did her friends' hair as well as providing hair care services to shut-ins in the Yonkers area. Over the years Mother was a daily communicant attending the several churches near her home, including Saint Paul the Apostle in Yonkers where she raised her family, Saint Joseph in Bronxville and Saints Peter and Paul in New Rochelle after she moved from the family home. After she gave up driving, Mother walked the mile to and from church four days a week, the days she wasn't at the beauty shop. Mother was a life-long learner, taking courses in gardening and woodworking, among other subjects. At home, she gardened, knitted, sewed, experimented with cheese making and as a vegetarian worked for years to develop the perfect veggie burger. She stayed active in her Westchester County community, enjoying surprising people by riding places on her motorcycle, volunteering with soup kitchens, serving as an EMT with a volunteer ambulance corps and with Meals on Wheels as a driver, delivery runner and office volunteer. Mother was proud of the fact that she never wanted to retire, and in reality it was only her illness that kept her from returning to work. She leaves 11 grandchildren: Walter, Edward and Duane Koskey, Tara Koskey Everett, Kris, Derek and Terence Stotz, Teresa, Howard, Christopher and Michael Johnson, 26 great-grandchildren: Gloria, Steven, Walter and Matthew Koskey, Athena Koskey Hallock, Edward and Shane Koskey, William, Dylan and Cheyenne Everett, Duane, Miranda, Tori, Brandyn, Hailey, Juliona, Dustin and Cody Koskey, Isek and Matilda Smith, Alesandra and Harper Stotz, Michael, Domenic, Matthew and Thalia Johnson and 14 great-great-grandchildren: Calia, Kerian and Brielle Sanders, Caragh and Sean Koskey, Caydance, DJ, Claire and Wade Hallock, Edward, Celia and Shelby Koskey, Mason Koskey, Milana David-Colon. A good and long life provides many opportunities for friendships, and Mother was blessed by having many good and helpful friends over her lifetime. Mother was particularly blessed by the professional and loving care given her by the staff of the Skilled Nursing Units on the 5th and 3rd floors at Saint Joseph's Hospital, who came to be more like friends and family over the 16 months of Mother's residence there. Elizabeth's family is sorry for their loss. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Saint Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads, New York. The family will also welcome relatives and friends to A Memorial Mass at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 602 McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 9 AM In lieu of flowers, anyone inclined may make a donation in Mother's name to any soup kitchen, volunteer ambulance corps, Meals on Wheels or charity of one's choice. Funeral arrangements have been handled most compassionately by Kevin Sullivan of Sullivan's Funeral Home, Horseheads, New York.