George Steven Disburger


On March 26, 2021, George Steven Disburger Jr., 80, passed away peacefully at St. Luke’s Healthcare Center, Utica, after a long illness.

Steve, as he was known to all by, was born May 26, 1940, to George Sr. and Neva Gerene (Scofield) Disburger of Rome, New York. He has two sisters, Mary (Walter) Rutz of Munnsville, New York, and Barbara (Ervin) Baker (deceased) of Lowell, New York. He attended school in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill School District and graduated with the Class of 1959. As a 17-year-old, Steve was honored along with three others by the Rome Lodge of Moose for courage and bravery when they saved two of five persons from a car that plunged into the Barge Canal in New London.

He was employed for 30 years by the Rome DDSO in various positions, and retired in April 1995. He was a long-time member of the New London Fire Department and served as a commissioner.

Steve always enjoyed sports and was even invited to tryouts for the Cleveland Indians baseball team as a young man. His love of athletics continued throughout his adult life. Steve coached VVS Pop Warner football for many years. He was a member of the Men’s Over 50 Softball League, a Friday night men’s bowling team, and his favorite pastime in later years, golfing with the Revere Men’s league to name a few.

On January 23, 1971, he married the love of his life, his “Ole Lady,” Lorraine Mary McNamara of Rome, New York. This year marked 50 years together. They have three children, Lorrie Lynne (Leonard) Tucker of West Memphis, Arkansas, William Joseph Disburger of Florida, and Tammy Marie Geer of Verona. He was a proud grandfather of eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, a beloved brother-in-law and uncle to many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Baker, and great grandson Braelyn Tucker.

The family would like to thank the staff at Advanced Wound Care in New Hartford, the 6th floor staff at St Luke’s Healthcare, and especially to Lori Fiorentino, for their compassionate and kind support during this difficult time.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 7, from 4-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to ask friends and family to consider donations to the St Jude Children’s Hospital, or the Wounded Warriors Program. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a limited number of guests will be allowed to enter the funeral home at one time. Everyone must wear a face covering upon entering, and proper social distancing protocols must be adhered to once inside.

You may light a candle, send a message of sympathy, and read the obituary at


No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment