Cecelia Wanda Maben, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, 86, formerly of 39 Pearl St., passed away Thursday (Sept. 25, 2014) at The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
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Born March 24, 1928 in Buffalo, N.Y., she was the beloved daughter of the late Walter and Stella Chivanski Karczewski.
On May 23, 1975 in Lockport, N.Y., she married Edwin E. Maben, who passed away Jan. 21, 2009.
Raised in the Buffalo area, she graduated from Theodore Roosevelt School in Sloan, N.Y.
She worked for a time at Adam, Meldrum and Anderson in the cosmetics department as a makeup assistant. She also worked for Tommy Tucker Bakery in Lockport as a cake decorator for 25 years. She then started her own home business, creating specialty cakes.
She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bradford, as well as the Eagle's Club and the VFW #212 Auxiliary.
She is survived by a daughter, Wandamarie (Leon) Maben of Bradford; a son, David George (former wife Karen Louise) Eller of Valley View, Texas; five grandchildren, Brian Thomas Adkins, of Fresno, Calif., Adriann Brooke Bezner, Kristina Lynn Admire-Martinez, David George Eller II and Sara Leann Mulkern; five great-grandchildren, Arial Carrie Ann Adkins, Hannah Rose Adkins, Whitney Paige West, Sommer Martinez and baby Reid Owen Mulkern, the newest addition to the family; a brother, Mark Thomas Karczewski of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; two brothers-in-law, David Maben and James (Nancy) Maben; a sister-in-law, Wilma Maben; several nieces and nephews; and many other extended family and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by Oswald George Eller; two brothers, Walter Karczewski, who was killed in Belgium during World War II and Edward Karczewski.
Friends are invited to call from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday in St. Bernard Church, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the Parkinson's Association or to the
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Sept. 27 to Oct. 7, 2014