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CERNEY, WILLIAM JOSEPH December 2, 1940 to Dec. 20, 2010 CERNEY, ELIZABETH JOAN August 4, 1940 to February 8, 2011 William Cerney was born on December 2, 1940 in Houston, Texas to Allan and Sophie Cerney (Uminski). He passed away unexpectedly on December 20, 2010 at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa from complications of pneumonia. Elizabeth Cerney (Waddell) was born on August 4, 1940 in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas to Robert and Elva Waddell. She was a breast cancer survivor for many years, but unfortunately it returned and she passed away at the Carlsbad Hospice Facility on February 8, 2011. Bill and Betty Cerney were high school sweethearts at Mission Bay High School where they graduated in 1958. They were married on June 29, 1957. Bill was a respected businessman in the plumbing industry for over 50 years. He began his early days at his father-in-Iaw's shop, Waddell Plumbing, in the late 50's and became co-owner of La Jolla Plumbing Co. and owner of Emory Plumbing Co. upon his retirement in December 2010. Bill was a member of the Mason Lodge No. 632. Betty was a true friend to all who knew her and a dedicated, loving mother to her three sons. She was a strong, tough lady who was an inspiration to all her knew her. Betty was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 490. Both are survived by their son Bill Jr. (Tammy), son Bradley, grandchildren Bret, Leslie, Nicolas, Brandon and Shane, Bill's sister Christine Hartwell (Bud), brother Lindsey Cerney (Sue), Betty's brother Robert Waddell and brother-in-law Butch Kessler (Mary Alice) and preceded in death by son Bart (Caroline) and Betty's sister, Nancy Kessler. Services will be held on Saturday, April 9th at Greenwood Mortuary at 1:30 p.m. at the Salli Lynn Chapel. An interment ceremony will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can he made to San Diego Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Apr. 3, 2011.
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April 21, 2011
We are part of Betty & Bill's neighborhood, and host (for 23 yrs) an annual neighborhood Christmas party, asking everyone to bring enough hor d'oeuvres for 8 people. The party oft times seemed to fall on a Charger game day which meant, of course, that "the Cerney's won't be coming!" After a couple of years absence with yet another game on party day - they astonished us by bringing over an enormous tray of delicious appetizers... and then, they left & went to the game! Always thoughtful, and such fun; a lovely couple. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Dave and Jocelyn Zimmerman
April 8, 2011
Bill and Tammy and Family,
It is with great sadness that Jacquie and I send our condolences. It is especially hard to lose our parents or grandparents. We think of you often and will try to do a better job to stay in touch.

Anne Gabardy
Anne Gabardy
April 7, 2011
Bill & Betty you're great friends and even today I can here both of your voices. When I work I still ask myself is this a job that Bill will accept. Betty was always asking how I was doing first. They will both be in my heart forever and not forgotten....
Mike Heidebur
April 7, 2011
Betty & Bill were my second family growing up as a kid. My mom has known Betty since second grade. Our families took many vacations to Colorado together, camping trips, and the infamous Christmas tree picking adventures!! It's always sad to hear that a family member has passed, but my memories of them will live on in my heart forever. Thanks for being such a wonderful friend to my mom Betty. RIP.
Linda Camero (Hanen)
April 6, 2011
i miss my Aunt and Uncle every day. some of my fondest memories as a child were at their house on the hoildays , and all the adventures of the chirstmas tree picks that they were famous for .they have brought so much happiness to my life and i will miss them dearly .i Love you Uncle Bill and Aunt Betty
Lonnie Johannesen
April 5, 2011
It was with great sadness when Betty called to tell me of the passing of Bill. Then the shock when I learned of Betty's passing a short time later. Bill and Betty were my closest friends in High School. I almost carried their first born home from the hospital. Bill and I shared many events together, some good and some not so good. But, we had fun as teenagers. I could almost write a book on the antics we pulled or were victim of. Such fond memories of youth. Our families shared the same wedding anniversary date and Bill and Mary Ann shared the same birthdays. The passing of Bill and Betty have left a void in our lives that will not be filled. We offer prayer for their family.

Gerrie & Mary Ann Griffin
Gerrie & Mary Ann Griffin
April 4, 2011
Love to all of you and I know Betty and Bill will be missed. Betty was a dear friend of mine as was her sister Nancy. I will miss them always.
So Sorry for your loss. Joy & Jerry Rees
April 3, 2011
Dear Bret and Brandon, I was so very sorry when I heard that your grandparents had passed. Just remember all the good times you had with them, especially the Christmas Tree picking parties. Much love from your Aunt Heidi
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