Dec. 26, 1916 - Nov. 1, 2012
Celia Sweeden of El Centro passed in her sleep on Thursday, November 1st at the age of 95 in Cathedral City, CA.
Memorial will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 17th at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley. The interment will be held privately.
Born on December 26, 1916 in Green Bay, Wisconsin to Russian immigrants, Harry and Ida Kristol, Celia was the third of eight children. Moving west to California with her family as a child, she graduated in 1934 from Santa Monica High School. In 1935, she attended the Willis Santa Monica Business College where she completed a course of study in the stenographic department. She married twice in her lifetime, first to Charles Mistriel on August 29, 1937 in Los Angeles, CA and the second to Bob Sweeden on May 24, 1953 in Yuma, AZ. After the dissolution of her marital status, Celia made the bold choice to raise her son, Daniel Mistriel, on her own. She joined relatives in El Centro in 1945 and with her family's support, she began her 35 year career with the City of El Centro as Deputy Clerk and Assistant Finance Officer. In 1955, she was elected City Clerk and held the office until her retirement in 1980. She committed her life to raising Daniel in an environment filled with optimism, strength and love. Giving him all the gifts of boyhood, he became a strong and devoted son as well as husband and father to his own family. But her caring and enabling spirit did not end with her child. A lifelong member of Soroptimist International, Celia helped women and girls to achieve their individual and collective potential, realize aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities.
She was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Betty Mistriel, and brothers and sisters, George Kristol, Florence Nahmias, Louis Kristol, Sophie (Sue) Fethke, Ethel Baewer, and Harold Kristol. Survivors include her sister, Anne Owens of National City, granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Mary Beth and Steve Chavez of Temecula; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Stephen and Jennifer Mistriel of Palm Desert and Michael and Mandy Mistriel of Imperial; great-grandchildren, Susie Chavez, Elizabeth, Stephanie, Joseph, Ethan, Aaron and Logan Mistriel as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
As Celia lived her life for the service and benefit of others, in lieu of flowers the family requests donations in her memory to Soroptimist International of the Americas.http://www.soroptimist.org/donate/donate.html and click on 'Give a Gift in Honor or Memory.'