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Celeste Mockenhaupt Trepte


1924 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Celeste Mockenhaupt Trepte Obituary
Trepte, Celeste Mockenhaupt SAN DIEGO-- Celeste Mockenhaupt Trepte, 89, passed away at her home in San Diego, California on Wednesday evening, January 15, 2014. She was born on July 25, 1924 in Los Angeles, California -- a third generation Californian. Celeste was the daughter of Louis Mockenhaupt and Melba Parker. She attended the University of Southern California where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Business Administration. She worked in the famous advertising department at Bullock's Wilshire until her marriage to Albert Eugene (Gene) Trepte in 1953. Celeste and Gene were married for over 60 years. From 1953 until her passing, she lived in San Diego, where she and her husband raised three daughters. She was active in community service throughout her life. After moving to San Diego, she joined the Junior League of San Diego and The Wednesday Club. She was a founding member of Makua -- a women's volunteer group that has dedicated itself to helping San Diego's children in need since 1953. She was the President of Mothers and Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies (MADCAPS) in 1975. In 1961, she was a founding member of Point Loma Village Beautiful (now Point Loma Association), an organization of residents and businesses committed to improving the quality of life of Point Loma through beautification, education, charitable activities and civic collaboration. She was an active member of PLA for 53 years, championing numerous beautification projects, including planting trees, undergrounding of overhead power lines, and removing billboards and newspaper racks. In 2008, she was the recipient of PLA's Grand Beautification Award for her years of service, benevolence, and enthusiasm for keeping Point Loma beautiful, and the City of San Diego proclaimed May 21, 2008 as Celeste Trepte Day throughout the City. She remained passionate about PLA's mission until her passing. She and Gene spent two months each summer at their home on the shores of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where Gene sailed A-Scows and taught his seven grandsons to sail. She is survived by her husband (Gene), her children -- Ann (John) Porter of Chicago, Illinois, Dana (Brian) Porter of Chicago, Illinois, and Christine (Robert) McGregor of San Diego, and nine grandchildren --Vincent, Corbett and Clifford Porter (Ann), Brian Jr., Grace, Davis and Robert Porter (Dana), and Malcolm and Margaret McGregor (Christine). She was predeceased by her parents and two brothers. A Mass will be celebrated in her memory on Monday, February 24 at 12:15 p.m. at Founders Chapel at the University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA. 92110. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Celeste's memory to St. Vincent de Paul Village, 3350 E Street, San Diego, CA 92102 or TSDF Point Loma Foundation Fund, 2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92106.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 23, 2014
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