Vera Marie Lester

NEWPORT NEWS - Vera Marie Weisent Lester, 93, of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed quietly on December 20, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Lester; her daughter, Ann Marie Lester Hoffman and her daughter's husband, Rex Hoffman; a brother, Raymond Francis Weisent; a sister, Ruth Ann Weisent; parents, Marie Elizabeth Scheetz Weisent and Francis Otto Weisent. Surviving her are a brother, William Weisent and his wife Doris, of Overland Park, KS; her four children, William Thomas Jr. and his wife Judi, of Ft. Meyers, FL; Charles Raymond and his wife Holly, of Cincinnati, OH; John Francis and his wife Maggie, of Roanoke, VA; Mary Elizabeth and her husband, Walter Major, of Williamsburg, Virginia; grandchildren: Will and Andrew Lester, Randal, Rex and Elizabeth Hoffman, Sarah Lester Coffey, David and Sam Lester, Chris Helscher, Katherine Lester, Vera, Meredith, Marie and Walter T. Major, and four great grandchildren: Jackson and Harper Coffey and Lila Grace and Hays Elliot Lester. Vera was born in Youngstown, Ohio, April 18, 1920. She graduated from South High School in Youngstown and attended Catholic University in Washington D.C. After completing her RN at Spencer Hospital, Meadville, PA, she enlisted in the United States Navy Nurse Corps as an Ensign in 1943. She served one year at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, before being transferred to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Eleventh Naval District, Corona, CA where she worked as a surgical nurse and also treated patients in the TB unit. She met the love of her life, William Thomas Lester, of Kenova, WV, in the TB ward. They were married on June 12, 1948. After serving their country honorably, they returned to Ohio in 1953 where they raised their five children in Canfield, OH. She was employed by the State of Ohio, Department of Health, as a consultant for the licensing and operations of nursing homes for more than 25 years. Vera retired to Bonita Springs, FL, where she was very active in the parish of St. Leo Church. She moved to Williamsburg, VA, in 2006 where she spent the last few years of a very full and blessed life. During those 93 years, Vera never met a stranger. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 5, at 11:00a.m. at Westover Episcopal Church in Charles City, VA. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Published in Virginia Gazette on Feb. 15, 2014