OBITUARY

Mary Celeste

November 6, 1934November 7, 2018
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Mary (Maria) Di Bartolomeo Celeste passed away quietly in her sleep on November 7th, 2018, following a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Mary was born November 6th, 1934, in North Bergen New Jersey, the youngest child of Michelangelo and Maria Di Bartolomeo.

Mary was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. As the youngest, she was pampered and loved by her parents and siblings. This special love set the stage for Mary to be the extraordinary woman she became.

Mary married the love of her life, Anthony Celeste in 1954. They were blessed with 64 years of life and love together and raised four children, Anthony, Carol, Edward and Catherine. Their legacy of love grew with the addition of six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A devoted servant of God, Mary volunteered countless hours to the church, PTA and schools where her children were students. After her family was grown, she returned to a life of service becoming a Eucharistic Minister and member of the Legion of Mary. Mary found her time with the Legion of Mary greatly rewarding as she visited the home bound, residents of Marion Manor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and others in need of the faith and prayer.

Mary had a great sense of adventure. She enjoyed traveling around the country and even to Europe. She had a knack for enjoying the present. Wherever she went, with whomever she was with, she enjoyed the moment and the experience with great joy.

Mary lived and loved her family, reveling in all their successes and comforting them through all their disappointments. She deeply loved her extended family of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, often hosting family gatherings for dozens of family members, serving her signature Italian cuisine, which was always a crowd pleasure.

Mary was predeceased by her parents, Michelangelo and Maria DiBartolomeo, her seven siblings, Pasquale DiBartolomeo, Carmine DiBartoIomeo, Raphael DiBartolomeo, Dominic DiBartolomeo, Angelina (DiBartolomeo) Scerbo, Giovannina (Di Bartolomeo) Swatek, and Rosina (DiBartolomeo) Zeman and niece, Frances Scerbo.

She is survived by the love of her life, Anthony Celeste. Her son, Anthony Celeste, his wife Kamelia and their children, Anthony and Adelina. Her daughter, Carol (Celeste) Berry, her husband Michael and their children, Michael Berry, his wife, Stacey and their sons, Victor, Julian and Troy; Christopher Berry and Desirae (Berry) Querrard, her husband, Shawn and their four children, Jacob, Emmalyn, Coralie and Charlotte. Her son Edward Celeste, and daughter, Catherine (Celeste) Waters and her husband William and their son Andrew, as well as dozens of nieces, nephews and friends left to cherish her memory. The family especially wants to thank the staff of Our Lady of Perpetual Help for their care, love and encouragement for Mary over the past 18 months.

Family and friends are invited to visitation on November 15th 6:00-8:00 pm, Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA.

A celebration Of Mary’s life and legacy will be held on the 16th of November, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Virginia Beach, VA. Church visitation at 10:00 with the Mass at 11:00. Internment immediately following at Rosewood Cemetery, Virginia Beach, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • FAMILY

  • Anthony Celeste, Husband
  • Anthony Celeste, Son
  • Kamelia Celeste, Daughter-in-law
  • Carol Berry, Daughter
  • Michael Berry, Son-in-law
  • Edward Celeste, Son
  • Catherine Waters, Daughter
  • William Waters, Son-in-law
  • Mary is also survived by her six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, November 16, 2018
REMEMBERING

Mary Celeste

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Greg Zukowski

November 15, 2018

I will never forget the times in high-school when we hung out a lot and your mom would cause old wash woman cause we used to sit and talk and gossip about different people we knew, it was very funny. I never heard the expression before but I'll never forget it and of course all her presence at the parties that you used to have in your house. Sending much love and hugs. Rest in peace to your mom, love you.

Marieann Bannan

November 15, 2018

My prayers to the Celeste family as they celebrate and grieve the loss of Mary Celeste. There are so many happy memories that I have of Aunt Mary. Our family of 6 would often visit Aunt Mary and Uncle Tony. There was always a wonderful meal with enough food to feed a small army. Ha! That’s how Italians cook!!! Other memories of Aunt Mary—she was always smiling or laughing and could pass on great words of wisdom to take to heart. I will always treasure the visions of her in my heart. She was truly one of God’s angels. I look forward to seeing her again in Heaven. Our Lord and Savior is hugging her now. Rest In Peace till we meet again. xoxo.

Marieann Bannan

November 14, 2018

There are so many sweet memories of Aunt Mary. Many are from our family visiting the Celeste family and others are when they visited us. Many involved food—always delicious and enough to feed an army! Other memories involved seeing her awesome and sometimes mischievous smile. Aunt Mary always made us feel welcome and loved. She would give great “life” advice that you would take to heart. She and Uncle Tony were great role models. I will cherish the lifetime of memories in my head/heart and look forward to the day when I will see one of God’s angels again.

Marieann

FROM THE FAMILY
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The home where Mary was born

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The Little Rascals..Uncle Pasquale, Carmen, Dom, and Ralph, Aunt Jennie, Angie, Rose and Mom is the littlest one.

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FROM THE FAMILY

Christmas Eve Prep-2001

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Hail Hail the Gangs all here and being silly.

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Happy Birthday Carol-2002

Biography

Mary (Maria) Di Bartolomeo Celeste passed away quietly in her sleep on November 7th, 2018, following a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Mary was born November 6th, 1934, in North Bergen New Jersey, the youngest child of Michelangelo and Maria Di Bartolomeo.

Mary was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. As the youngest, she was pampered and loved by her parents and siblings. This special love set the stage for Mary to be the extraordinary woman she became.

Mary married the love of her life, Anthony Celeste in 1954. They were blessed with 64 years of life and love together and raised four children, Anthony, Carol, Edward and Catherine. Their legacy of love grew with the addition of six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A devoted servant of God, Mary volunteered countless hours to the church, PTA and schools where her children were students. After her family was grown, she returned to a life of service becoming a Eucharistic Minister and member of the Legion of Mary. Mary found her time with the Legion of Mary greatly rewarding as she visited the home bound, residents of Marion Manor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and others in need of the faith and prayer.

Mary had a great sense of adventure. She enjoyed traveling around the country and even to Europe. She had a knack for enjoying the present. Wherever she went, with whomever she was with, she enjoyed the moment and the experience with great joy.

Mary lived and loved her family, reveling in all their successes and comforting them through all their disappointments. She deeply loved her extended family of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, often hosting family gatherings for dozens of family members, serving her signature Italian cuisine, which was always a crowd pleasure.

Mary was predeceased by her parents, Michelangelo and Maria DiBartolomeo, her seven siblings, Pasquale DiBartolomeo, Carmine DiBartoIomeo, Raphael DiBartolomeo, Dominic DiBartolomeo, Angelina (DiBartolomeo) Scerbo, Giovannina (Di Bartolomeo) Swatek, and Rosina (DiBartolomeo) Zeman and niece, Frances Scerbo.

She is survived by the love of her life, Anthony Celeste. Her son, Anthony Celeste, his wife Kamelia and their children, Anthony and Adelina. Her daughter, Carol (Celeste) Berry, her husband Michael and their children, Michael Berry, his wife, Stacey and their sons, Victor, Julian and Troy; Christopher Berry and Desirae (Berry) Querrard, her husband, Shawn and their four children, Jacob, Emmalyn, Coralie and Charlotte. Her son Edward Celeste, and daughter, Catherine (Celeste) Waters and her husband William and their son Andrew, as well as dozens of nieces, nephews and friends left to cherish her memory.
The family especially wants to thank the staff of Our Lady of Perpetual Help for their care, love and encouragement for Mary over the past 18 months.

Family and friends are invited to visitation on November 15th 6:00-8:00 pm, Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA.

A celebration Of Mary’s life and legacy will be held on the 16th of November, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Virginia Beach, VA. Church visitation at 10:00 with the Mass at 11:00. Internment immediately following at Rosewood Cemetery, Virginia Beach, VA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.