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Celia Mae Finn, beloved mother, returned to the Lord on Tuesday evening, March 12, 2013, at her home, surrounded in love by her family after a long and brave battle with cancer.

Celia was an extraordinary woman. She was outgoing, full of life, brilliant and stunningly beautiful. Celia lived a long and very happy life.

She was a devoted wife of 58 years to her husband, William, and truly a super-mom who raised her five boys with boundless love and care. It takes a very special person to raise five boys and she did an amazing job.

Celia was born in the Heights section of Wilkes-Barre, and lived the last 40 years in Wilkes-Barre Township in the home she and William built.

Celia was extremely intelligent. Despite the challenge of losing both her parents by age 9, she excelled in school. She was so smart, her teachers asked her to skip an entire grade, jumping from seventh grade to ninth grade before going on to graduate from GAR in the class of 1954. She had the fastest mind around with an incredible wit. She always made her family and friends laugh and was a great competitor in any card or board game.

Celia worked at Bell Telephone when she was younger and, for several years, at Blue Cross after her children had grown before a long and fulfilling retirement.

Celia was the best mom anyone could have ever asked for. Celia even moved the entire family to follow dad's work, living in Vermont for several years and later in Puerto Rico.

Celia was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Wilkes-Barre for more than 30 years. She spent years studying the Bible and lived by its teaching. She taught Sunday School at First Assembly for many years. She was beloved by her students and always made her classes fun with games and prizes.

Celia loved to sing and dance. She loved her heritage polka music dearly - and even was able to get Stanky himself to play live in her family's home for Dad's 40th birthday.

Celia was lucky enough to travel the world. She took several cruises, visiting numerous islands in the Caribbean. She vacationed in Hawaii, London, Ireland and her absolute favorite, Paris.

It's no coincidence Celia was born on Valentine's Day. Her life was dedicated to bringing so much love to others. Mom, we miss you so much and wish you the eternal peace you so deserve, basking in God's love for you.

Celia is preceded in the afterlife by her mother and father, Stanley and Helen Sinavage; her brothers Chester, Leo, Teddy, Stanley and Frankie; and her sisters Susie, Mildred and Rose.

Celia will be deeply, sadly and forever missed by her husband, William; her five sons, Patrick, Thomas, William, Terrance and John, as well as each of their spouses, Stephanie, Susan, Pamela, Susan and Kristin, respectively; her 11 grandchildren, Corey, Kaitlyn, Sophia, Sienna, Kelly, Thomas, Caleb, Ryan, Matthew, Amber and William; two great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Elizabeth, the children of Kelly and her husband, Jonathan Steffy; her step-grandchildren, Johan, Zack, Zeb and Ian; her brother Eddie and her sister Lee.

Celia's family would like to thank everyone who loved her and shared so many kind thoughts and prayers during this time. A special thanks to Dr. Bruce Saidman, who helped Celia for so many years.

A wake for Celia will take place at the Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the First Assembly of God Church in Wilkes-Barre at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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Published in Times Leader on Mar. 14, 2013.
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March 21, 2013
Tara Myers
March 20, 2013
Dear Finn Family, Just hearing about your mom/wife. She was truly for real. There was no acting with Ceil. She was certainly a spirit filled Christian. Happy,confident and glowing is the way I am I,m sure others saw her. Sorry your loss, but happy for heavens gain. God Bless, Peggy Mihalchik
March 18, 2013
On behalf of our entire Finn family, thank you all so much for your kind words. It made a big difference for us to know how much Mom was loved, and that your thoughts and prayers were with our family. Thank you again.
Terry Finn
March 17, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. I for one will miss Aunt Celia. Always remember the good times.
John Parry
March 16, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Ceil was a very special lady. I am blessed that I got to know her when I lived in Pennsylvania. I will always have fond memories of our time together.
Robin Heinz
March 16, 2013
Jay and Kristen; so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. If you need anything please don't hesitate to ask. Love Pete and Audrey Tkatch
March 15, 2013
Dear family, Your Mom was indeed an extraordinary person. She and I were friends in high school. My husband and I invited her to visit with us in California when she was here to visit her son Pat. God is reveling having another Angel in heaven.
Catherine Anthony Nelson
March 15, 2013
What cherished memories you have to hold your hearts as you release the physical presence of your Mother. May you know the comfort of her ever-lasting love, deeply and profoundly now.
March 15, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers to help ease the loss of one who meant so very much to you. Our deepest sympathy to the Finn family.
Dale & Sherry Selli
March 15, 2013
We are praying for you Bill.
molly prywara
March 15, 2013
My heart goes out to you for the deep loss you must be feeling for your beloved Celia. How sad to lose someone so loved and so needed. May you find comfort in prayer and in the love you have for one another.
Jeremiah 29:12,13
March 14, 2013
To Bill. Carlis and family are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
Carlis Biney
March 14, 2013
God bless you.
Carlis Biney
March 14, 2013
Ceil, you are home with Jesus!!! You have pressed through to the finish line and now you have your just reward. I will always remember you and the times we shared.... in 1988 when we were roommates at a Bible Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, the many times we prayed and interceded together in prayer at Sister Horst's, the joy in your heart when we sang "heaven" and "mansion" songs in worship, and finally how you always wiped the tears from your eyes when I sang the special, " Just Be There." ( you always requested that song over and over again.). Now you are in heaven. You have your mansion, and I will continue to pray that everyone you love will "be there" with you one day. Condolences to Bill Sr. and family. You had the best wife, mother, grandmother, sister anyone could ever have. All our love and blessings....Elaine & Dan Golaszewski
March 14, 2013
You have gone to the Promised Land and will walk o the Street of Gold.
Joe Sinavage
March 14, 2013
Aunt Ceil, the world was a better place because you were in it. We always had a wonderful talk together. I will miss you very much. Bill, sons & family. I share this sorrow with you.
Joe Sinavage
March 14, 2013
Pat, Terry and the entire family. My condolences to you for your loss of your Mother, wife, sister, aunt, mother-in-law, friend, grandmother, great grand mother. Even though I did not personally know her, I know her through you, Pat & Terry. You are two men who make a difference in the world (I know you have mine) and for that and because of that, I know your Mother through you. Your grace is a reflection of the love she gave you. Your understanding, your integrity is a reflection of the caring and nurturing you received and for that I know your loss is deep. Words cannot relieve the pain, however, know that her work here was done and she did it well.

Thank you for sharing her. I know she will be missed.

God Bless.
Judy-Lee Chen Sang
March 14, 2013
I was honored to have cared for Celia for over 10 years. Celia herself found the most aggressive surgeon to operate on her when she was turned down at another facility.She truely had one of the most extensive surgeries I have seen. Through her courage and determination she went through intensive chemotherapy only to have to undergo additional surgery. Her will and strength were inspiring. But I am sure it was her love for her family and friends that allowed her to push through. My sincere condolence.
Bruce Saidman MD
March 14, 2013
Bill, family and friends....Nicole and I are so very sorry about your Mom....what a wonderful obituary and legacy....God Bless all......
Joe Zayac
March 14, 2013
Edward & Ann Sinavage
March 14, 2013
Ceil, you are finally home! Bill, because of another funeral here, we regret we can't be there to support you, but please know that we love you and your sons very much and will be praying for you over these next difficult days.
With Love,
Pastor Chad, Michelle, Chad, Cole & Kacey
Chad Stoecker
March 14, 2013
Ceil will be missed greatly by the Stoecker family. Bill, our thoughts and prayers are with you as well as your sons and grandkids. Due to another funeral here, we regret that we will not be able to be there to support you, but please know our hearts and prayers are with you. We love you!
- Pastor Chad, Michelle, Chad, Cole & Kacey
March 14, 2013
Bill, Pamela and family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She sounded like a really wonderful person. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Kim Gronski and Family
March 14, 2013
Dear Uncle Billy,
My memories are happy,the countless hours we sat at Margie's house and just laughed and laughed. My sorrow is deep. We will see you tomorrow.
God Bless you. Tom and Marie
March 14, 2013
Uncle Bill, Pat, Tommy, Billy, Terry and JJ...I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your wife, mother and my favorite Aunt. There are so many wonderful memories of times we all spent together. I have missed them and will always miss them. Your Mom was truly a person who made the world an nicer place to be. All of you are a living testament to the kind of person your mother was and only your mother's love could have influenced the men you have all become. I am sure the pride and love your mother felt for all of you, helped sustain her for so long. The world is a far less enjoyable place with the loss of your mother.I pray that your Mom has found the peace her body so deservedly needed and has found the joy that she gave all of us. All of you have been and will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Your loving nephew and devoted cousin...

Michael Riedlinger
Michael Riedlinger
March 14, 2013
What a great loss my old buddy Ceil, remembering prayer meetings in her homes many yrs ago. She was a wonderful and beautiful christian woman, and always liked to laugh...So sorry for your loss
Gail Stark
March 14, 2013
Terry I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayrs.
Lori Kowaleski Frank
March 14, 2013
Yes you will be missed. Pat and I will always remember you for the 13 short years we knew you. We will meet again in heaven one day. See you then... Our prayers are with you all... God bless
Charles Davis
March 14, 2013
Celia was a wonderful person inside and out. She brought color and beauty to our store. The Larkmountain Family will greatly miss her. Sandy Kultys
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