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Isabel Jean (Kelsey) Wimler

January 6, 1931 ~ May 14, 2022 (age 91)


Isabel Jean (Kelsey) Wimler, 91, of Durham, died Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Wadsworth Glen in Middletown after a long illness.  She was born on January 6, 1931 to the late Erwin Hubbard Kelsey and Grace (White) Kelsey of Middletown, CT.  Isabel was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Raymond Richard Wimler, Sr.

She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1948.  In 1955, Ray and Isabel purchased the entire 65 head of Holstein cattle from Kelsey Farm, Inc. and then the William Wimler Farm herd, which was the start of their dairy farming.  In 1987, with a dairy herd of over 600 animals they decided to purchase the Fulton, NY Farm with three of their sons.  Isabel was a member of the United Churches of Durham, the Farm Bureau, the Holstein Friesian Association, Agri-Mark, Inc. and supporter of the Durham Fair.

She is survived by four sons, Erwin C. “Skip” Wimler (Heidi) of Durham, Raymond R. Wimler, Jr. (Christine) of Fulton, NY, Kenneth A. Wimler of Durham, and Edwin W. Wimler (Mindy) of Fulton, NY; one daughter, Jean W. Soule (Jeffrey) of Durham; two sisters, Marion Seifert of Vermont and Grace Ann Harmon of Woodstock, CT; twelve grandchildren, Lisa, Michael, Robert, Charles, Shelby, Adriana, Nichole, Samantha (Paine), Kelsey Wimler and Matthew, Raymond and Justin Soule and four great grandchildren, Aria and Bryce Soule, Jolene Wimler and Jacob Paine.

The Wimler family would like to thank the caregivers at Wadsworth Glen and Athena Health Care.

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