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Cecelia Stannard (Pehota), 88, wife of the late Cleveland "Bill" Stannard, of Durham, CT, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2014. She was born to the late Caroline and John Pehota, July 10, 1925, in Rockfall, CT. Ceil enjoyed a meaningful career at the Durham Post Office for many years where she was able to meet and greet all of her favorite people in and around town every day. Ceil was a proud and active member of Notre Dame Catholic Church where she was involved in numerous church activities through the years and took great joy in being one of its founding members. She loved meeting the new priests and helping them transition to her church, along with being involved with almost every church activity that she could fit into her busy social schedule. In addition to her husband, Ceil was predeceased by her beloved daughter Barbara Nelson along with her brother Thomas, sisters Florence Sokoloski and Lorentina "Nelly" Beckley. Ceil is survived by her amazing children, Suzanne Collins and her late husband Brad of Durham, CT and John "Billy" Stannard and his wife Janet of Wasilla, AK along with five extremely loving siblings who were there for her in every way; Frances McElveen of Louisiana, Helen Iverson of Durham, CT, Stasia D'Aquila of East Hampton, CT, Gene and his wife Judy of Middletown, CT, and Donald and his wife Anna Mae of Middletown, CT, along with many wonderful cousins and nieces and nephews. The great joy of her life and the reason she existed, was having grandchildren and great-grandchildren and making sure each and every single one of them knew just how much she loved them. Gram is survived by Eric Collins, of New York, NY, David and his wife Stefanie and their son Grayson of Durham, CT. Jennie Weber and her husband Ray and their children Adam and Andrew of Ravenna, OH. Emily Kahnke and her husband Samuel and their son Ian of Middletown, CT. Billy Stannard and his wife Erika of Wasilla, AK and Owen Nelson and his children Hannah and Gabriella of Middletown, CT. The family of Cecelia would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the wonderful employees at the Village of South Farms in Middletown, CT. Her Funeral Liturgy will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in Notre Dame Church, Main St., Durham. Burial will be in Mica Hill Cemetery, Durham. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Notre Dame Catholic Church of Durham, CT and the Leukemia Society, Connecticut Chapter, www.lls.org/ct. Biega Funeral Home has care of the arrangements. To share memories or express condolences online please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com.


Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 9, 2014
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