Celia Pamela Juris

March 2, 1943November 18, 2021

Celia Juris, age 78, of Bardonia, New York, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

Born in Manhattan, Celia grew up on East 12th Street in Brooklyn. She studied at the Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn School of Nursing, receiving her RN license in 1963 before earning her bachelor of science degree at Hunter College in 1966.

A lifelong caregiver, Celia began as the supervising nurse at Home Aides of Rockland in New City, New York, in 1977 and worked there for 32 years, retiring as executive director in 2009. She was passionate about service and volunteered with many organizations over the years, including Clarkstown, New York’s Shade Tree Commission and the American Cancer Society.

Celia was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable gardener and as she approached retirement, she achieved her master gardener’s certification and began volunteering with Cornell Cooperative Extension. She lectured frequently at public libraries on orchids and other horticultural topics, and taught gardening and plant care to children and seniors.

Her love of travel sparked many adventures with Harry, her loving husband of nearly 56 years, taking them as far north as Fairbanks, Alaska, and as far south as Antarctica.

In addition to Harry, she is survived by her children, Carolyn and Peter, their spouses, David and Judith, and her grandchildren, Evan and Leelynn. The world is a better and greener place for her having been here and we will miss her tremendously.

Funeral services will be held Monday November 22, 2021 11:00 AM at Hellman Memorial Chapels 15 State Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977. Interment will follow at Wellwood Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY.

Memorial contributions should be made in Mrs. Juris' memory to Jewish Home at Rockleigh, 10 Link Drive, Rockleigh, NJ 07647.

Shiva will be observed Monday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Tuesday and Wednesday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM and Saturday after Shabbat until 9:00 PM. For the location of the Shiva observance, please contact Hellman Memorial Chapels (845)356-8600.

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    Monday, November 22, 2021

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    Monday, November 22, 2021


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Phyllis and Jay Shrinsky

November 24, 2021

Dear Harry and family,
We were saddened to hear of Celia’s passing. Although we only came to know Celia after many years as neighbors, we always enjoyed our “backyard conversations.” She was such a source of knowledge of all things all things green and we also conversed about other topics of interest that we shared. Truly a lovely person. Our hearts go out to you during this sad time. May her memory be a blessing.

Mel & Barbara Harris

November 24, 2021

We express our deepest sympathy to Harry and his family on the loss of Celia, his life long partner.

Michael Shapiro

November 22, 2021

Dear Harry, Carolyn, Peter, David, Judith, Evan and Leelynn.

I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Celia but comforted she is at peace and with others that have gone before her. I watched the amazing service and the heartfelt words you all spoke about, touched my soul. In the service she was said to be a mensch. I don't believe mensch fully expresses the type of person she was, the countless deeds she performed and the love she felt for all humanity throughout her life.

To me, Celia was an amazing women and although I knew she had many ties to charitable organizations, I had no idea the extent of the love she gave to so many others outside her family. She would light up a room whenever she entered it. I remember watching her kvell whenever she spoke of Harry or her children. She was truly proud to be a Wife, Mom and I have no doubt Grandma!

When I would come for a visit, usually for a REACT event, Harry and Celia would open their house to me, They treated me like a son. Celia would always ask if I was hungry and offer to make me something to eat. To me she was the dearest of family even though we were not related by blood. I am so blessed, thankful and proud to have known her, been a part of her life and for the way she enriched mine.

I know how difficult this time is for all of you as I lost my Father in May and now my second Mother. When someone so close to you, someone you love so much is gone, it leaves a huge hole in your heart, weighs heavily on your mind and dampens your spirit. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Please take comfort as I do, that she will live on forever in our hearts and in the fact we will see our beloved Celia again! She is gone but by no means forgotten and missed terribly by many.

Be well, stay safe and G-d Bless you all.

Mike Shapiro (Your pseudo adopted son and brother)

Maria McKenna

November 21, 2021

Dear Carolyn and Family,

I only met your mom a few times (including your wedding) and remember her beautiful warmth and sparkle. No doubt she was an exceptional nurse because she made everyone feel at ease in her midst.

Much love to you at this sad time.
Maria and Tom.

Harriet Nahoum

November 21, 2021

Harry, Caroline and David,

I am so sorry to hear about Celia’s passing. I will always remember her as one of the sweetest, “smilingest” people I know. I hope you can find comfort in knowing she is no longer in pain. She will be missed. Love, Harriet

Maddy Schiering

November 21, 2021

Dear Harry, Carolyn, and Peter,
This is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman who made a positive lasting impact on her family, friends and community. I always viewed Celia as a loving and caring mother who had a calm and intelligent presence coupled with a good sense of humor! Reflecting back, I have really great memories of the fun Carolyn and I had as kids, and that wouldn't have been possible without the warmth and comfort of the home Celia made. I will miss her, and I extend my deepest sympathy to all of you from.
With love,
Maddy and family

Ruth Gerard

November 20, 2021

Dear Harry and Family,

My deepest sympathy on the passing of your wonderful wife , mother and grandma. I was so happy to meet her when I joined the Garden Club of Nyack. We shared dinners, movies and such interesting conversations. It was a joy to know Celia.

I wish you good health and no more sorrow.
Ruth Gerard