Celia C. (Loncola) Stewarts, 94, a lifelong Old Forge resident, died Friday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. She was the widow of Arthur J. Stewarts, who died in 1971. The couple married on Nov. 3, 1945.
Born in Old Forge, daughter of the late Michael and Katherine Stachnick Loncola, she was a 1936 graduate of Old Forge High School. Before retirement, Celia was employed as a representative for the Polish National Alliance Insurance Co. She belonged to Old Forge Retired Citizens, Old Forge Borough Retired Citizens and Austin Heights Senior Citizens. A parishioner of Prince of Peace Parish, she was a member of St. Michael's Church, Old Forge, before its closing.
Celia enjoyed to travel extensively, particularly throughout Europe, and lived her life to its fullest potential. She was also an avid reader and fan of crossword puzzles.
Surviving are a daughter, Elaine M. Butler and companion, Frank Ritter, Old Forge; two grandsons, John Butler and wife, Anne, Clarks Summit; and Arthur Butler and wife, Dr. Christine Stroka Butler, M.D., Mount Cobb; three great-grandchildren, Karyna, Samantha and Jacob Butler; a brother, John Loncola, Cambridge, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Emily Loncola, Wallingford, Conn.; many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, Stanley and Walter Loncola; and a sister, Madlyn Sadowski.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church at Prince of Peace Parish, West Grace and Lawrence streets, Old Forge, celebrated by the Rev. August A. Ricciardi, pastor. Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family at Holy Cross Cemetery, Old Forge. Arrangements are under the direction of the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, Robert J. Gillette, funeral director, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge.
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