Cecelia M. Kearney, 99, a lifelong resident of the Minooka section of Scranton, died Monday in Geisinger Mountain View Care Center.
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Born on Jan. 23, 1914, in Minooka, daughter of the late John and Catherine McDonnell Kearney, she was a lifelong parishioner of Divine Mercy Parish, where she was one of the oldest members of the church and its Altar and Rosary society. Cecelia attended Minooka public schools. She was employed at GE, a receptionist for Dr. Joseph Comerford, and Consolidated Molded Products, where she retired in 1976 as a supervisor. She was a great supporter of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and a member of the Women's Society of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
She traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the islands with her lifelong friend, Dorothy Merrick. Cecelia was the mayor of Camelot at Mountain View Care Center. A diehard Notre Dame football fan, having attended many games at South Bend, Ind., she always watched the games on TV. She also enjoyed the New York Mets. She was the caregiver to all of her brothers and sister in their final illnesses. She passed away peacefully in the company of her nieces, Catherine and Maureen.
The family would like to thank the staff of Mountain View Care Center for its friendship and compassion in her final days, where her care was overwhelming.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews including, Catherine Winger and Maureen Kearney, who were her caregivers.
She was also preceded in death by five sisters, Mary Munley, Sister Maria Francis, Margaret O'Boyle, Beatrice Kearney and Alice Brown; five brothers, Frank, Joseph, James, John and Jerome Kearney; nieces and nephews, Catherine Munley Wilder, Joseph Munley, Nancy Lonsdorf, Kevin Brown, Kathleen Kearney and Rosemary Kearney Lavelle; and a grandnephew, Gregory Laurence Frayne.
The funeral will be Friday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Divine Mercy Parish at Church of St. Joseph, 312 Davis St., to be celebrated by the Rev. Francis Pauselli, pastor. Interment, St. Joseph Cemetery, Minooka.
Friends may call Friday from 10 until the time of the Mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton, PA 18505 or Mary-knoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-9913.
Funeral arrangements by the Eagen-Hughes Funeral Home, 2908 Birney Ave., Scranton.
Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 4, 2013