Patricia Ann (Witt) Celender

June 9, 1940January 30, 2020

Patricia Ann Witt Celender, 79, passed away on January 30, 2020. She was born on June 9th, 1940 in Chicago, IL to the late George and Irene Wesolawski Witt.

Patricia worked for several insurance companies and banks throughout her life. After retirement, she spent many hours exercising and volunteering at the New Hanover Senior Resource Center.

She is preceded in death by husband Lou Celender, her parents and sister Rita Hutton

Patricia is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Passel (Lenny) and Jill Cole; grandchildren Steven and Eric Cole and Edward and Eva Passel; brother Greg Witt; and special niece Pamela.

A funeral mass will be held on March 9, 2020 at 9 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Our family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregiver Susan, and for all of her dear friends that facilitated her move from Wilmington to Winston Salem in order for her to be closer to her daughter.


9 March

Mass of Christian Burial

9:00 am

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

6650 Carolina Beach Rd
Wilmington, North Carolina 28412


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Susan Reilly

February 12, 2020

I met Pat in early 2019 when I was hired to help her with daily chores. We became good friends over time. That was the case even after I left her for a LONG time at the hairdresser, having become lost in the Monkey Junction area of Wilmington. We laughed a lot and enjoyed each other's company. In the end, I took her to the neurologist who would deliver Pat's final diagnosis, Lou Gehrig's disease. I will never forget her courage and resolve as she faced down that deadly illness. In the end, she said she would be bringing a lasagna for Lou in heaven. May you both be seated at the banquet of the Lord, Pat.

Sidni and Ron Tacia

February 1, 2020

We always think of Pat when we go to Publix grocery store. We remember getting her chicken salad from the deli or Gold Fish crackers for her to give to neighbor's children. She donated many assistive devices to our church medical closet. She is a dear friend and greatly missed.