Katherine 'Cassie' Slesinski of Goshen, N.Y., dies at age 98

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Katherine ‘Cassie’ Slesinski of Goshen entered into rest on Saturday, March 9, 2019. She was 98 years old.

The daughter of Frank L. Lempka Sr. and Catherine Heter Lempka, she was born on February 13, 1921, in Florida, N.Y. She grew up on a Black Dirt farm in Durlandville and was one of 14 children.

She was a graduate of S.S. Seward High School in Florida. While in high school, she played basketball, earning a varsity letter.

During World War II, she worked on an assembly line, creating bombsights.

Near the end the war, Katherine married Frank Slesinski Jr., who predeceased her in 2015.

Katherine retired after 25-plus years from the Avon Company. While employed at Avon, she often was recognized for her work attendance and ethic.

She was a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, who was affectionately known as "Nana." She took great joy in watching her grand children grow up and was especially fond of watching them play sports from elementary school through college. She was often seen sitting along the sidelines of sporting events with Frank “Grandad” by her side cheering on their grandchildren and other players.

She is survived by her son Donald Slesinski and wife Patricia of Middletown; son Michael Spencer and wife Gwen of Port Gamble, Washington; three grandchildren: Jill (wife Nicole Kridos) and Jennifer Slesinski and J.K. Spencer; brother Daniel Lempka and wife Sabina; sisters Carole Slover and husband George; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers Conrad, Frank, Stanley, Clarence, Leonard and Richard Lempka; and sisters Martha Bigert, Janet Slesinski, Lucy Schank, Eileen Ohap and Marie Bleser.

Memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, May 5, from 3 to 5 p.m., at T.S. Purta Funeral Home, 22 Glenmere Ave., Florida.

A Funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Monday, May 6, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 71 Murray Ave., Goshen.

Burial of ashes will be in St. John Cemetery in Goshen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church, 71 Murray Ave., Goshen, NY 10924.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the T.S. Purta Funeral Home.

To send a condolence online or for directions, please go to www.purtafuneralhome.com.

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