Celia Fijalkowski Julian passed away on July 28, 2014.
Celia was 99 years old and was preceded in death by her brothers, John (Lula), Henry, Jerry (Ann) and her infant sister Janina. She was reunited with her husband of 37 years, Dominic, and her beloved son, Timothy Peter.
Celia was born on April 12, 1915 to Polish immigrants Walenty and Antonia Fijalkowski who settled in Neffs, OH.
Following high school graduation, Celia worked for the Firestone Rubber Company in Akron, the Norfolk Navy Base during WW II and for the United Mine Workers Retirement Fund in Washington, D.C. Dominic and Celia resided in Camp Springs, Maryland where they raised Tim and where they belonged to St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church. Celia was an active member of the parish and also volunteered for Little Sisters of the Poor. She then lived in Annapolis, Maryland with her son, daughter-in-law, Leslie, and her granddaughter, Alana where she attended St. Mary's Catholic Church.
She returned to the Ohio Valley where she was lovingly cared for by her niece and goddaughter Karen (Jim) Martinek of St. Clairsville. It was then that she returned to her childhood parish of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Neffs, Ohio where she proudly became the oldest living parishioner.
Celia is survived and celebrated by the large extended family she devoted her life to loving. Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Leslie; her granddaughter, Alana, sister-in-law, Helen Fijalkowski; nieces, Karen (Jim) Martinek, Connie (John) Nowak, Janice (Jose) Macian, Rose Devaul, Katherine Mick, Mary Ann (Mike) DeBlasis, and Nancy Weller; nephews, Ken (Diane) Fijalkowski, Robert Fijalkowski, Larry (Sandy) Fijalkowski, Danny (Sandy) Fijalkowski and Frank Carpino. Celia will also be sorely missed by Deborah Shelton.
She was the ever- present matriarch who made countless trips from Maryland to Ohio to attend baptisms, graduations, weddings and other family milestones. Her presence and love will live on in her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, as they share her stories and her love of family togetherness.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and aides at Cumberland Pointe Care Center for embracing Celia and for the dignified care they gave her in her final years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Box 425, in Neffs, OH 43940.
Celia's life can be celebrated by taking time to learn and share stories of family history and traditions with loved ones. Hers was a life well lived.
Visitations will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. with Vigil Service at 7:45 p.m. and Sunday, August 3, 2014 from Noon to 1 p.m. at Toothman Funeral Home, 141 S. Marietta Street, St. Clairsville, OH.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Dan Heusel at Sacred Heart Church on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.