Natalie LaTour Keyser, 91, of Riverview, Port Ewen, passed peacefully on Friday, October 26th, 2012 at Golden Hill, surrounded by her loving family.
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Natalie was born on July 25th, 1921 in Kingston to the late Herman and Marie Elizabeth Rieser LaTour. After graduating from Kingston High School in 1939, Natalie went on to attend Hartwick College and the Kingston Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1944, she was class president and Valedictorian. She then worked as an RN, supervising the first floor at Kingston Hospital and became a licensed funeral director, serving alongside her husband, the late William S. Keyser, in the family business, Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service. As a caregiver, she found her true calling and she worked tirelessly and with great devotion to help others. She retired in 1991.
Natalie was a devoted wife, always by her husband's side, caring for him with unsurpassed dedication until his death on October 12th, 2004. She was a dedicated mother who taught her children the importance of family, honesty, and generosity, and instilled in them an appreciation for simple pleasures. She had a great sense of humor and work ethic and loved nothing more than getting the family together. She is remembered as a true lady and many describe her as the kindest, most caring person they have ever met.
Natalie and her husband enjoyed traveling and spending winters in the Florida Keys after their retirement. From the Hudson to the Bay in Key Largo, Natalie loved the water. She also enjoyed playing cards and visiting with her sisters Margie and Betty.
After her husband's passing, Natalie's focus shifted even more to enjoying time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They are left with many happy memories and an appreciation for the life skills and lessons she taught them.
Natalie was on the board of the Hudson Valley Senior Residence for many years. She had strong faith, attending St. Paul's Lutheran Church, and later the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.
Her loving and devoted daughter Krista was her best friend and constant companion during the last chapters of Natalie's life.
She is survived by her loving family, children, Hermine Keyser Scheu and her husband Otto, Saugerties, William S. Keyser II and his wife Kathleen, Lake Katrine, Eric C. Keyser and his wife Beth, Kingston and Krista LaTour Keyser and her partner Gina Pambianchi, Kingston, grandchildren, Shannon Ashcroft and her husband Peter, Captain Kristen Gibson, USAF and her husband Lt. Colonel Scott Gibson, USAF, Eric "Luke" Keyser and his wife Meghan, Katie Morelli and her husband Andrew and Elizabeth M. Keyser, great grandchildren, Caitlynn and William Gibson and Elizabeth Ashcroft, sisters, Margaret Young, Elizabeth Knaust and her husband Herman, as well as many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
Entrusted to the care of The Keyser Family of Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston where friends may call on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will take place on Saturday at 11a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Montrepose Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to, Hospice, 34 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 or Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, N.Y. 10018
Light a candle in memory of Natalie at www.KeyserFuneralService.com
Published in Daily Freeman on Oct. 31, 2012