Wilma J. Lemister, 97, of Port Ewen, NY, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018 surrounded by family at Ten Broeck Commons in Lake Katrine. She was born on January 31, 1921 in Kingston, New York the daughter of the late Otto Lavsa and Edith Garrison Lavsa. Wilma was married to Walter Lemister on August 15, 1948. Walter passed away on November 3, 1985.
Wilma was the strong and faithful matriarch of her family. She taught compassion, love, and how to give the perfect hugs with the warmest hands. Wilma was actively involved in Scouting in her younger days and was a member of the Reformed Church of Port Ewen, where she was also a member of the DORCAS Society and The Quilting Divas.
She is survived by her daughter, Wendy (Paul) Mushlit, her son, Wayne (Lillian) Lemister, her grandchildren, Lucas (Michelle) Castiglione, Philip (Erin) Castiglione, Victoria (Brian) Lowe, Russel Lemister, Adrienne (Jeff) Kain, Shaun (Rachel) Lemister, and Paul (Melissa) Mushlit, Jr., 16 great grandchildren, her sister, Patricia (Thomas) French, as well as several nieces and nephews. Wilma is preceded in death by her brother, Carl Lavsa.
The family thanks the staff at Ten Broeck Commons, Catskill Unit and Rehab, for all their love and care in support of Wilma.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Ave., Kingston, NY, 12401, where family and friends may visit on Friday July 20, 2018 from 4pm to 7pm. The service will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10am at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Stone Ridge, NY.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to, Happy to Help Food Pantry, c/o St. James UMC, 29 Pearl Street, Kingston, NY 12401. To leave an expression of sympathy, please visit www.KeyserFuneralSerivce.com