Diane L. Wilms Figel

WESTERLO — Diane L. Wilms Figel, known as “Oma,” formerly of the town of Wright and more recently of Westerlo, “joined our Lord in eternal peace on Sunday, Sept. 6, at her home under the loving care of her husband, Jerry; her family; and hospice,” her family wrote in a tribute. She was 78.

She was born June 19, 1942 in Niskayuna, a daughter of Leon and Pauline (née Reisinger) Adams. She attended Berne-Knox-Westerlo schools and later married her first husband, Herman H. Wilms, on June 21, 1959. Together, they operated a dairy farm on Brick Schoolhouse Road in the town of Wright while raising their family.

She was a longtime member of the Quaker Street Bible Church where she served as deaconess. She later joined and served at the Westerlo Reformed Church.

“Diane was a woman of deep faith and always doing for others,” her family wrote. “The farm was the neighborhood hangout and a place to visit years later as friends, new friends were made often. She taught 4-H cooking and many enjoyed great conversation, and a superb dessert or meal.”

She later delivered mail and, after retiring from the Delanson Post Office, volunteered to drive dialysis patients and visit nursing homes.


Her husband, Herman H. Wilms, died on March 12, 2006.  She married Jim Figel in 2010; he died in 2011.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Figel, whom she married May 4, 2012; by her children, Herman H. “Luke” Wilms and his wife, Denyea, of Schoharie, Audrey E. Wilms of Austin, Texas, and Reta L. Youngs of Wright; by nine grandchildren, Kendra, Shanelle, Daniel, Levi, Travis, Megan, Nate, Kelly and Mindy; by four great-grandchildren, Taylor, Lindsay, Mark, and Nathaniel; and by her siblings, Patricia Slowek of Muriels Inlet, South Carolina and Thomas Adams of Schenectady.

Her granddaughter Beth and her brother Eugene Adams died before her.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial messages may be left at www.altamontenterprise.com/milestones.

Memorial contributions may be made to a church of one’s choice, or to Marathon For A Better Life, Post Office Box 268, Warnerville, NY 12187, or to Shriners Hospitals for children at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/


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