Pauline S. Wyre, 94, of Kingston, NY passed away on Monday, May 8, 2023, surrounded by her immediate family. Born September 19, 1928, in Manhattan, Pauline was born and raised in the Bronx before moving upstate in 1982 to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. While living in the Bronx, she was honored for her 30 years of service as a Girl Scout leader at a time when there were few Hispanic women in the field.
After retiring from the personnel department at IBM, Pauline worked part-time at Kingston Fine Jewelry as a sales associate. She dedicated herself to serving the senior community, joining the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Ulster County Community College, where she oversaw the Neighbor to Neighbor initiative. She was chair of the group’s Advisory Council, spearheaded a travel club for senior citizens, volunteered in the mentoring and pen pal program that paired seniors with elementary school students, and was an insurance counselor at the Office of the Aging, where she helped retirees navigate the nuances of Medicare programs.
In addition to her work with seniors, Pauline was a goodwill ambassador for the Ulster County Tourism Office and could often be seen volunteering at the Golden Hill Health Center, the Women’s Health Services at Kingston Hospital and Ten Broeck Commons. Among her many accolades, Pauline was the proud recipient of the 1998 YWCA Tribute to Women Award, 2002 Ulster County Senior Citizen Award, 2004 UCCC Spirit of the Community Honoree Award, and the 2006 New York State Hispanic Heritage for Excellence and Community Health Services Award.
Pauline enjoyed knitting and crocheting, was a fierce advocate, a loving mother and grandmother, an impeccable dresser, and a treasure to her family and community at large. She is survived by her daughter Joanne Lane, son-in-law Raymond Lane, two grandchildren, Tracy and Ian Lane, and nephew, Captain Clarence Romero Jr.
A private memorial will be held by her family. A tribute for Pauline can be found at www.KeyserFuneralService.com, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.