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Bernice Vonceil Cetti

May 31, 1915 -

July 30, 2013

Bernice Vonceil Cetti, of Pensacola, Florida, was born to Esther Lois Lee and Benjamin Hill Lee on May 31, 1915, in Gateswood, Alabama, and grew up in Lillian, Alabama. She was pre-deceased by her husband of 69 years, Charles Joseph Cetti, and is survived by their three children; Charles L Cetti (Melissa), Pensacola; William E. Cetti, Cartersville, Georgia; ad Charlotte Jane (Cetti) Radlinski (Gregory), Jacksonville, Florida. Also, she is survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her three younger sisters pre-deceased her.

Upon leaving home and moving to Pensacola at age 17, she enrolled herself into 20th Century Business College on W. Garden Street, where she acquired skills in bookkeeping and Gregg shorthand. Thereafter, she became employed in Pensacola as the bookkeeper for N. Goldring Corporation. Also, during the evenings after work, she typed the menus for the San Carlos Hotel Restaurant. With the income from these endeavors, she was able to build her own home before she was 21 years old. She and Charles Joseph Cetti were married on December 22, 1936. Shortly after their first child was born in 1941, Mr. Cetti was drafted into the United States Navy, for service during WWII. During his absence, Mrs. Cetti operated the couples' three-story "rooming house" on East Strong Street, renting rooms to numerous tenants. After her husband returned from his military service, the family sold this home and purchased one on 12th Avenue, where Mrs. Cetti opened an antique shop named, "The Big Wheel Antique Shop" (so-named because the shop's sign was attached to a six-foot wagon wheel that was displayed in front of the shop). In order to acquire merchandise for the shop, the entire family periodically traveled as far North as Pennsylvania, purchasing antiques from both individuals and businesses, and bringing them back to Pensacola in a trailer. When they built the family home at 2401 N. Escambia Avenue, in 1951, Mrs. Cetti closed the antique shop and used its remaining contents to complete the furnishings of the home. A few years later, Mrs. Cetti became a real estate salesman and, ultimately, a real estate broker. She and Roylston Cabaniss became co-owners of Cabaniss Realty, and she kept the name when Mr. Cabaniss passed on. She enjoyed a highly-productive real estate career for over 40 years.

Mrs. Cetti was a wonderful cook and a highly-skilled seamstress, making clothes for herself (including her "business" dresses and suits) as well as clothes for her children in their early years. In addition to helping raise three children and having successful career adventures, Mrs. Cetti was an avid farmer and gardener. In 1953, she and Mr. Cetti purchased a four-acre plot on Scenic Highway, where she planted a pecan grove and grew many varieties of vegetables and flowers. At the family's home on Escambia Avenue, she planted and tended a large grape arbor, as well as a large vegetable garden and lots of flowers. Throughout her 80's and into her early 90's, she continued to garden and tend to her flowers at subsequent residences.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate the life of this wonderful lady on Saturday, August 10, 2013, at Waters and Hibbert Funeral Home. Visitation and services will begin at 11:00 a.m. o'clock, with burial thereafter in the family plot at Bayview Memorial Park, Scenic Highway.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, 2013
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