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Mary Ellen Czelusniak

October 14, 1935September 23, 2020

Mary Ellen Czelusniak (nee Kenneley), age 84, of Cleveland, went to heaven on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

She was a proud deaf woman. She was the wife of Boleslov Czelusniak (deceased). Special friend of Jerry Knaus (deceased). Beloved mother of Buddy (deceased), Joe, Mary Anne Finnerty (George deceased), and Angela Gecewich (Rich deceased). Grandmother of Eric Mirosavich (Ann), Nikki Judson (Tommy), Katie Finnerty (Brian Kocsis), Dan Czelusniak, Rose Marten (Klaus), Micaela Stewart (Jake), and Chelsea Finnerty. Great Grandmother of 11. Preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Catherine Kenneley, brothers Mike (Amy), and James Harold.

Mary Ellen devoted her life to St. Augustine Church and bringing people to the Catholic faith. She was honored by the Irish American Archives Society Walks of Life for her work with the deaf. She was the first deaf pastoral worker for Catholic Charities in the United States.

Mary Ellen was a lifelong member of the International Catholic Deaf Association, member of the Northeast Ohio Society for the Deaf and St. Augustine deaf seniors. She was the president of Mary’s Rosary Guild for many years.

She also took an active role in parish Council, Cluster and Deanery meetings. Mary Ellen most enjoyed teaching young people about the Catholic faith, volunteering and family gatherings. She will be dearly missed.

Our family would like to thank the caregivers at St. Augustine Manor for the love and care they showed out mother.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11AM at St. Augustine Church, 2486 W14th St., Cleveland. Committal services will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brook Park.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

Memories

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Eric and Ann Mirosavich

September 24, 2020

Grandma, we love and miss you. You will be deeply missed.
Eric and Ann Mirosavich

Jo Ann and Forrest Whigham

September 24, 2020

In this time of sorrow ...
Thoughts, prayers and hopes for comfort are with you ...
May your memories bring you peace.
With Sympathy!
Jo Ann and Forrest Whigham

Jean DiDonato

September 24, 2020

I only met MaryEllen maybe three times but have not fogotten her. The impression she made on me was one of gentleness, sincere kindness and compassion. May she rest in eternal peace.
Our love and deepest sympathy to you, Angie , Eric and Michela.
Jean and Don DiDonato

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