Ceatta "Samm" L. Mann, 71, of Maquoketa, passed away on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9, 2014, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue.
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Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Ceatta on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date in the Sherrill, United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Ceatta Louise Pitka was born on Aug. 4, 1942, in Montezuma to William Legion and Treva Eileen (Hicks) Pitka. She was a 1960 graduate of Atlantic High School and later received her Bachelor of Arts and Master's degrees from the University of Iowa. She married Fred Mann in 1964.
Upon receiving her Master's Degree in 1981, Ceatta moved to Maquoketa and took a job as a social/case worker with the Department of Public Health and Human Services until retiring in 1999.
Ceatta enjoyed music above nearly everything else, and she passed that love on to her children. In addition to singing, she also played piano, clarinet, and guitar. She was a great fan of all music, but most especially Broadway show tunes. Though her memory was, at times, somewhat faulty, she could always sing the complete lyrics to any number of classics. Ceatta adored her grandchildren. She enjoyed food – mostly dessert. When Ceatta lived in Maquoketa, she was a staunch supporter and fan of the Maquoketa Lyons Little League team. Ceatta was a former board member of the Maquoketa Education Fund and past member of the Austin Avenue Band.
Those left to honor Ceatta's memory include her children, Rick (Rina) Mann of Kennesaw, Ga., and Ann Elizabeth (Jon) Salesberry of West Des Moines; her mother, Treva Pitka of Atlantic; two grandchildren, Mathew and Cadance Salesberry; a sister, Melody Winter of Montevideo, Minn.; a brother, Bill (Ann) Pitka of N. Augusta, S.C.; and three nephews and a niece. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, H. James Pitka.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials are appreciated and may be made to the Maquoketa Education Fund through the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Published in Atlantic News Telegraph on Feb. 11, 2014