Pittstown - Debra Ann Stemiskey, 62, a longtime resident of Pittstown, died peacefully Friday, June 23, 2023, at her residence surrounded by her family following a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Troy, January 12, 1961, Debra was the daughter of the late William J. and Ruth (Seeley) Willett Sr. and Peter and Effie Stemisky, who predeceased her.
Debra attended Troy High School.
For many years, Debra was employed as a school bus driver by several area transportation firms, including most recently the National School Bus Company in South Troy serving the City of Troy School District. Additionally, she worked part time on weekends as a driver of the shuttle bus on the Rensselaer Campus in Troy.
Debra was a lifelong communicant of the Catholic church and in her quiet time enjoyed visiting with family and friends. As a young girl, she learned to cook wonderful Polish foods, a gift she carried and shared throughout her adult life. She enjoyed the hobby of growing and creating beautiful flower arrangements.
Debra’s survivors include her longtime best friend and partner, Mary Posniewski of Pittstown, her brothers and sisters, many nieces, nephews, and cousins, her dear friends, Susan Casey, Tracey Boucher, and Shelley Dobert, and her “pet kids” Comet, Sweet Pea, Nemo, Dakota and Popeye.
A memorial service for Debra will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 NY Route 7, located in Raymertown. Burial will take place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Troy at the convenience of the family. Family members and friends are invited to wear a splash of blue (her favorite color) and call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4:00-6:45 p.m. prior to the service.
As a special way to remember Debra and extend a heart felt thank you for their dedicated service and dignified care, the family invites contributions in her memory be made to the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps., 60 Parker School Road, Johnsonville, NY 12094.