Cecilia J. Hartle

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  • "I was saddened to hear of "Miss Ceil's" passing the other..."
    - Laurie Mahle Butts
  • "To Resa, Mark and your family, our most sincere condolences..."
    - Ernetta & Robert Van Orden
  • "Know you are in heaven ceil. Have known you for so many..."
    - elaine drummond
  • "Dear Strozyks and Hartles: Sorry to hear of Miss Ceil's..."
    - Mike Vanek
  • "Rest in peace Ceil. Ann and Soph Sophocleus"
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Cecilia J. Hartle (nee Wisniewski), age 78, died June 2, 2015. Ceil, formerly of Ellicott City, passed away suddenly at Fairhaven Assisted Living. She had been a resident of Fairhaven since 2011. Ceil grew up on E. Pratt Street, in Baltimore City, just a few doors down from Obryki's Crab House. She was the second youngest of six children born to first generation immigrants from Poland. Her family was part of their neighborhood's very tight knit Polish community. She and her brothers and sisters attended Catholic school at Holy Rosary. She married the love of her life, handsome local athlete, Raymond L. Strozyk, Sr., of Bel Air, Md. They moved to Ellicott City, to raise their family. Her husband Ray was tragically killed in a car accident when he was just 32 years old, leaving Ceil to raise their three young children. Ceil worked hard to make a living for her family. The only help she ever accepted was from friends and family who offered to watch her children so that she could take a job. She was a small, feisty, tough, no nonsense woman who strove to better her family through her discipline and hard work. Her work ethic was exemplary. Ceil worked at Safeway in Ellicott City, for over 20 years. After retiring, she donated her time to working at the Franciscan Friary, in Clarksville. She also had a tremendous sense of humor and endless stories about her family, friends and growing up in Baltimore. In 1978, Ceil married Lambert "Jack" Hartle, also of Ellicott City. Together they raised their seven children. Ceil and Jack traveled frequently and had more friends than can easily be counted. Ceil was very generous and always took time to help those in need. Her holiday table always included those who had no relatives nearby to celebrate with. She loved going on vacations and day trips with her best friends and her cousin Dee, known to all as "the girls". Always the doting grandmother, Ceil attended her grandchildren's special events, as much as possible. She attended endless softball games, lacrosse games, plays, dance recitals and graduations. Her grandchildren called her Bushy, their affectionate word for Busha, which is grandmother in Polish. She was so fun, outgoing and friendly that all of the grandchildren's friends also called her Busha. Ceil was an avid reader and it was hard to find a book she had not read. She also rarely missed watching an Orioles game and was a diehard fan. Daughter of the late Joseph and Elizebeth (nee Popiacki) Wisniewski, Ceil was predeceased by her husbands Ray Strozyk, Sr. and Jack Hartle and is survived by her sister Marie Hall and brothers Jerry and Joseph Wisniewski. She was the much beloved mother of Ray, Warren and Resa and daughter's-in-law Suzanne and Ann and son-in-law Mark. She was cherished grandmother to Kayleigh, Kelsey, Samantha, Jonathan, Mackenzie and Ray. Friends may call on the family June 15 between 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home,INC., 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City. A funeral mass will be held on June 16, 10 a.m., at the Chapel at Fairhaven, 7200 Third Avenue, Sykesville. Burial to follow at Bel Air Memorial Gardens. Tributes to Ceil's memory can be made to National Federation for the Blind (www.nfb.org) or St. Jude's (www.stjude.org).

Funeral Home
Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home Inc.
4112 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Published in Carroll County Times on June 12, 2015