Celeste Marie (Wince) Lewis

Celeste Marie (Wince) Lewis

Celeste Marie (Wince) Lewis passed away in Oak Ridge, TN on January 11, 2013 after a year long battle with cancer.

Born in Newark, OH in 1959 to a career US Air Force sergeant father and a long-time Newark resident mother, Celeste moved to Germany as an infant, to Great Falls, MT and then to the Newark/Zanesville, OH area for the remainder of her childhood. She graduated from West Muskingum High School in 1977 and from the Ohio Institute of Photography two years later. Celeste then went to work in Yellowstone Park where she met her husband Dan Lewis, of Great Falls, MT who was attending Montana State University in Bozeman. They married in 1983.

An avid photographer, Celeste recorded big and small moments in touching and artistic ways. She loved adventurous forays into the wilds and was particularly skilled at capturing majestic moments of nature on film.

Celeste worked in photography, office administration, and was a dedicated wife and mother while supporting her husband's career as a construction engineer, which took the family to various locations around the U.S.

She was preceded in death by her father John (Jack) Wince; and is survived by her husband Dan (Danny) Lewis sons Carter and Trevor, all of Oak Ridge, TN; her mother Sharon (Warner) Wince; sister Andrea Wince and brother-in-law Michael Wiseman of Roseville, OH, sister and brother-in-law Esther and Kevin (Lon)Lawyer of Nashport, OH, sister Cassandra D'Aula, of Newark, OH; in-laws Maxine Lewis, Larry Lewis, Kirby Lewis, and Susan and Bret Hagel, all living in Montana; other in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews are concentrated in the Great Falls, MT and Newark/Zanesville, OH area, but are scattered coast to coast.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. January 19, 2013 at the Heath (OH) Church of Christ and be presided by Michael Seiler of Zanesville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to your local Habitat for Humanity in her honor. Celeste was known and loved for her ability to build and maintain strong relationships through cards, letters, phone calls and personal visits and will be missed by all who knew her.

Published in the The Advocate on Jan. 17, 2013