LOWVILLE - Deanna K. Swanson Meister, 67, of River Road, Lowville, died Monday afternoon, May 19, 2014 at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, with her sons by her side.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Brantingham Cemetery, with Pastor John Sweeney, officiating. Calling hours will be held on Thursday evening, May 22, 2014 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Contributions may be made to the Lowville American Legion Scholarship Fund, 5383 Dayan St., Lowville, NY 13367.
She is survived by her companion of over 15 years, Bob Rabbit MacArthur; two sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Nichole OLeary of Spring Lake, NC; Matt and Yamineth OLeary of Mount Laurel, NJ; her twin sister and a brother-in-law, Donna and Stanley Duda of Brantingham; seven grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her parents, and a brother, Neil Swanson.
Deanna was born on April 26, 1947 in Utica, NY, a daughter of the late Lysle and Marjorie Batty Swanson. She was a graduate of Westmoreland High School in 1965, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, and graduated from the Utica School of Commerce as a medical secretary. Deanna worked as medical secretary and at the University of Oklahoma for two years, while her first husband, Keith OLeary was attending the University of Oklahoma. Together the couple operated the Gaslight Dinner Theatre in Memphis, TN before moving to Toronto, Canada for twelve years. The couple divorced after 16 years of marriage, and Deanna moved back to Lewis County, where she worked for various Veterans organizations, and served as Chaplin of the Lowville American Legion Post #162 Ladies Auxiliary. She married Larry Meister. Mr. Meister passed away on May 7, 1997.
Deanna was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #162 Auxiliary, where she was very active as a color guard member. She enjoyed computer games, fishing and reading.
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