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Elmira Virginia (Lienard) Leister was born on Friday, April 22, 1921 in Sharon, PA; the eldest daughter of Charles and Esther Blanc Lienard. Elmira transitioned from this life to eternity on Monday, October 7th. Elmira attended St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School and graduated in 1939 from St. Mary of the Springs High School. She graduated from the business school at Bliss College. Upon graduation she was employed by the Pure Oil Company for nine years; where she was introduced to the youngest brother of her manager, Paul Leister. Robert (Bob) and Elmira Leister were married on May 14, 1949 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Columbus Ohio.
Elmira began playing the piano in school plays in the eighth grade. She was asked by Father Tague to be the church organist. This began a lifetime ministry of music for over fifty years at St. Thomas the Apostle and over twenty-five years at St. Catharine Catholic Church.
Elmira is survived by her husband, Robert, of seventy years and her sons Charles (Ann) Leister and Christopher (Beth) Leister, five grand children, eight great-grand children, and three great-great grand children.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday 10:30 a.m. October 14th at St. Catharine Catholic Church, 500 S. Gould Road, Columbus, Ohio 43209 where friends may call 9:30 am. Committal at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, 6440 S. High St. immediately following the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Capital Campaign Elevator Fund at St. Catharine Church in Elmira’s name.