William John Celio

July 5, 1944April 10, 2011

William John Celio East Lansing, MI

William John Celio, beloved husband, father and friend, went peacefully to God’s house on April 10, 2011. Bill was born July 5, 1944 in Chicago, son of Dominic and Eileen (Kroggel) Celio. He graduated from Lindblom High School and the University of Illinois. He was employed by the Illinois Power Company for eight years before moving to Michigan. He worked for the State of Michigan in the Public Service Commission from 1974-2004. After retiring he did private consulting from his WJCC office. He married Jeanette Soso on August 12, 1967 and they had two children, Gail Jean and William John. She preceded him in death. A new family was created when he wed Mimsy Case on July 31, 1982. Bill’s hobbies were crossword puzzles, coin collecting, playing and coaching soccer, sailing and spending time at his northern home near Burt Lake. He was involved in Scouting for 25 years and became an Eagle Scout. He was a member of Lansing Sailing Club and Ascension Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife, Mimsy; daughter, Gail of Minneapolis, MN; and son, Billy of Northridge, CA. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2780 Haslett Rd., East Lansing. The family will receive friends at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing on Monday, April 18, 2011 from 4-7 p.m. Burial will be at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Boy Scouts of America, National Council, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079 or Ascension Lutheran Church, 2780 Haslett Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 19, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, April 18, 2011

William John Celio

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Mimsy Celio

May 5, 2011

My darling,
Thanks to Betty and Paula, who brought us together,to Pastor Schroeder and Father O'Donnell, who made it official, and to Gail and Billy, who shared the family life we cherished. Rest in peace.
Love from "your bride"

Ron and Donna Bieber

April 21, 2011

Dear Mimsy, Gail and Billy - We were so sorry to learn of Bill's passing. We enjoyed being with him when we were in Chicago and then talking to him on
the phone. He was a good friend who was very easy to talk to. He had a big heart, and we feel fortunate to have been able to call him a friend.

He is at rest and with God, and for that we're grateful. We'll remember him always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lou Ann Fedewa

April 20, 2011

While I haven't seen Bill in nearly 16 years, I have very fond memories of working in the Communications Division of the PSC where he was the Director. Bill was instrumental in helping me keep my job during the infamous Engler administration bumps of 1991. Twenty years later I am still very grateful to him for that. I also remember how he took care of those who bumped into the Division and worked hard to rectify their situation by bringing them back up to the level they lost.

I had my first child while working in Bill's Division. I was scheduled to testify as an expert witness around my due date. Bill made sure I knew that the baby I was carrying was more important than anything at work. It turned out that I did end up having problems toward the end of the pregnancy and Bill ended up testifying in my place.

I shared some of these memories with Mimsy today, but I wish I had also communicated to Billy and Gail what a great man I thought their father was. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time.

April 19, 2011

Mimsy, Gail, Billy...I am so sorry I was out of the country and unable to attend. Bill was my boss, my friend, my mentor, and the most honest and honorable man I ever met. We are much richer for having had him, and much poorer for his early exit.

Tom Hoffman

April 19, 2011

I am so sorry about Bill's passing. I had the privilege to get to know Bill through my brother Tim, who has a longstanding friendship with Bill. Bill was a true gentleman and I enjoyed every time we had a chance to talk. Bill was also a true southsider!! Bill you will be missed and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Ron and Chris Mozley

April 19, 2011

Hello Gail and family. We are saddened to hear of your father's passing. Gail you and Sharon shared some fun times in Athens and it was always a pleasure to see you smile. Just know that your father is at rest. Our prayers go out to you and your family. Ron and Chris Mozley

Karen Feldpausch

April 19, 2011

I am so sorry Mimsy!! I always enjoyed working with Bill. I only met you a few times, buy my heart goes out to you and the kids.

tom and deb chapman

April 17, 2011

it was a privilege knowing bill and we'll think of him often.. we got together with them at their burt lake home from time to time and i'll always remember his quick witt and kindness. we wish mimsy and other family members only the best as they work thru this time. good luck "buddy".

April 17, 2011

I will miss seeing Bill at Paneras reading his Detroit news and doing the crosswords. We talked about MSU and the ILLINI and our knee and carpal tunnel surgeries. We at the large table all miss you. Rest in peace.

Ralph Huss Okemos

Barbara (Spicknall) Robbins

April 16, 2011

I have fond memories of Bill and babysitting Gail and Billy while he was sailing on the weekends. My thoughts are with Mimsy and Gail and Billy at this time.