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Viola Chismar, 99, of Havre de Grace MD, passed away peacefully on March 18th 2022.
Viola was born on February 23,1923, in Bay Minette, Alabama to William and Artizia Hale Lamberth. The youngest of 10 children, Viola spent her days playing and working on the family farm. At 18, Viola left the farm to attend nursing school in Mobile AL, where shortly after completion she joined the US Army entering with the rank of Second Lieutenant. Her basic training was at Fort Rucker AL, and then she was stationed at Fort McPherson, GA tending to the needs of the injured soldiers returning statewide.
While stationed at Fort McPherson she met her future husband Frank Chismar in 1947. They had whirlwind romance and were married just 3 months after meeting. Shortly after getting married, she resigned from the Army with the rank of First Lieutenant and worked as civilian nurse at various hospitals including Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda, MD then eventually left nursing to concentrate on being a full-time housewife and mom. After moving around from Army base to Army base Viola and Frank settled in Woodbridge NJ in 1957. There they raised their 2 daughters and granddaughter.
Viola dedicated her life to being a wonderful mother and grandmother. Viola was also very active in her church and was a Sunday school teacher taking care of all the babies in the nursery, her greatest joy. She was a gentle soul who was kind to everyone and loved by all who’s life she touched, especially her family, she will be missed greatly.
Viola was predeceased by her husband of 39 years Major Frank E. Chismar. She is survived by her 3 girls and their husbands: daughters, Nancy Barker and Nick of Clinton WA, Sandra Schleif and Donald of Havre de Grace MD, and granddaughter Dara Incles and Carl of Neptune NJ
She will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Funeral and burial services will be private.
Viola was extremely proud of serving her country as a military officer in the US Army, in lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Viola’s memory to a US Veterans Charity of your choice.
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