Angelina Ann Cekosh
December 24, 1923 – April 6, 2018
Mrs. Ann A. (Simbari) Cekosh, of Fleming Island, passes away on April 6, 2018. Ann passed away peacefully at home with her husband, daughters and granddaughter who are grateful for the time they had to say a loving goodbye. Born in Utica on December 25, 1923. She was the daughter of the late Gaetano and Domenica (Demme) Simbari. She was raised in Utica and attended local schools. On October 8, 1949, she married Robert R. Cekosh. For 68 years, Ann and Bob shared a life of travel, love and adventure. Before her marriage, Ann traveled to Fort Lauderdale to help in raising her twin nephews after the death of their mother. She then moved to join her sister in Coronado, California where she met Bob and married. Although, she had many careers throughout her life, she found her true vocation as that of a wife and mother. As a busy Navy wife, she always found time to help those less fortunate and instilled a sense of service in her children. The family was stationed in New York, California, New Mexico, Hawaii and Florida and traveled throughout the country on various vacations. After Bob retired, they traveled throughout Europe, Canada and South America. Mrs. Cekosh was also very active in many community actions and projects, often taking leadership roles in various groups including becoming the first woman president of the Parish Council at Sacred Heart on Blanding. She was also president of the Ladies Guild at Sacred heart, and a member of the Riverside Garden Club. As one of the founding members of the Women’s Auxiliary of St. Catherine Laboure Manor, she served several years as Treasurer. In later years, she helped establish the Parish Outreach program at Sacred Heart, Fleming Island, as well as a member of “Team 1 for Christ Renews His Parish”. Anne also enjoyed making sandwiches for the homeless with the teens of the Parish and provided support for working moms through child care for both neighbors and grandchildren. With her welcoming sense of humor and generous spirit, Ann never met a stranger and could make a lifelong friend with someone in the grocery line. She was always interested in learning, especially about her faith, and was part of a spiritual book club up until her illness last September. Mrs. Cekosh is survived by her husband, Robert; her daughter and son-in-law, Beverlee and Frank Laney, of Naples, FL; her daughter Barbara Cekosh; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Rebekah Cekosh, of Middleburg, FL; two grandsons, Nicholas Laney of Naples, FL and Dylan Cekosh of Orlando, FL; and two granddaughters, Emily Laney of Naples, FL, and Dana Cekosh of Homestead, FL. She is also survived by one sister, Josephine Smart of Columbus, GA; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, John, and Kitty Simbari, Carmen and Carolyn Simbari, all of AZ and one brother, Sam Simbari of Utica, NY. In addition, her survivors include many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; and her in-laws, Delores Tomasik and Lucille Kolinski of Milwaukee, WI and Bernie and Chet Kowalski of Menasha, WI. She was predeceased by five brothers, Frank, Joseph, Anthony, Bernard and Guy Simbari; and four sisters, Mary Ann Girouard, Lucy Dannes, Patricia Stone and Elenor Wells. The family extends its sincere appreciation to Haven Hospice who attended to Ann at home during her final days. And a special thanks to Linda, her CNA who made such a great effort to insure her comfort during that time. In lieu of flowers, a memorial offering may be made in Ann’s honor to Sacred Heart Outreach, 7190 US Highway 17 South, Fleming Island, FL. 32003. The funeral mass for Mrs. Cekosh will be at Sacred Heart on Fleming Island at 1:00pm on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Interment will take place at the Columbarium at Sacred Heart at the convenience of the family.
- Memorial Mass Saturday, April 14, 2018
Angelina Ann Cekosh
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Sharon (Kulinski) Korotka
April 15, 2018
So many wonderful memories of all our family parties, great conversations with you and Uncle Bob!!! May the lord bless your family. My prayers and thoughts are with all of the Cekosh Family.
April 13, 2018
Ann was a great friend and comrade for me. We shared much laughter and often discussed the political scene of Sacred Heart. She loved her church and the people in it. Her many kindnesses exemplified Christ in action. Her generosity of spirit and material goods set her apart from the average. Though I have not been a member for many years her hugs and smiling face remain affixed in my heart and mind. I'll especially miss her bragging about Sr. Barbara. Heaven has a new angel!
April 13, 2018
Mom and I always felt joy walking into church and sitting near Ann. There was always a welcome smile and joy in her spirit. I would laugh inwardly when she would walk around the altar as a Eurcharistic Minister in her cute little high heals. She would get a kick out of it when I teased her.
I pray that each of you are comforted with the love and peace of the Lord in these difficult days.