Celia Golemo Kohanow

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WALLINGFORD - Celia Golemo Kohanow, of Wallingford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Masonicare Health Center, after a brief illness. She was 100 years old. Celia was a giving and loving woman whose legacy of hard work, determination and kindness will live on through her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and everyone else who was blessed to know her and call her Baci.

Born in Massachusetts in 1914, Celia and her father returned to their home country of Poland in 1921, after her mother died prematurely. In Poland during the Second World War, Celia found herself swept up by the Nazis and amazingly, was able to survive two and a half years of unspeakable horrors at the Auschwitz concentration camp. She returned to America with her daughter, where she married her first husband, Adam Golemo, who predeceased her. She found love again and married Nicholas Kohanow Sr., and the two settled in Wallingford and were married for 42 years, until Nicholas' death in 2012. Celia maintained an active life until the last few months before her death; she enjoyed crocheting, spoiling her pets, and enjoying visits with all her "kids."

Celia is survived by her daughter, Halina Santillo, of Wallingford; her grandchildren, Wendy Daniels Copperthite, and her husband, Scott Copperthite, of Cheshire, Nicholas Santillo, and his wife, Rebecca Santillo, of Wallingford, and Michael Santillo, and his wife, Megan Santillo, of Wallingford; her great-grandchildren, Jake, Leisha, Michael Jr., Alexander and Amelia; her niece, Barbara Radwanska, of Chicago; and extended family from Poland.

Calling hours will be Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., and then burial will immediately follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Meriden.

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Published in The Record-Journal on Aug. 22, 2014