Niagara Gazette


April 24, 2013

Cecilia M. Masiello

GRAND ISLAND — Cecilia M. Masiello, of Youngstown, NY, died peacefully at Riverwood Nursing Home in Grand Island, NY on April 23, 2013. She was surrounded by family, friends and the spirit of her predeceased husband, Ralph.

A long-term resident of Youngstown, NY, Ceil centered her life around family, friends and God. She spent her years in Youngstown in quiet but steady resolve, raising her family, connecting with friends, and tending to the various needs and duties of the St. Bernard's Rosary Altar Society.

Foremost, she was a special wife and mom. She married Ralph J. Masiello on August 24, 1957, after a short but special courtship. Whereas dad said he had known she was the one for him on their first date, she was less convinced until she ironically won her wedding dress a few months later at a wedding show in Coral Gables, FL.

After stints in a few midwestern and eastern cities, they settled into a small home on           Applewood Drive in Youngstown. There, she raised five rambunctious children who avoided serious trouble, for the most part, because of her deft hand at parenting. She had a way of making each of her children feel special even when their experiences away from home showed otherwise.

She had numerous friends in town, some who have since passed away or moved, whom she held very dear to her heart to include Carolyn, Marlene, Dottie, Pat, Laura, Sarah, Marsha, Shirley, Ruth, Lucille, Linda, Penny, Joan, Barbara, and all the members of the altar society. She lived in Youngstown among her friends from 1967 to 2009.

She centered her life there around St. Bernard's Church. If you ever wondered how the altar looked so nice week in and week out or admired the Christmas poinsettias, Easter lilies and various bouquets of fresh flowers it was because of the dedication of the women in the altar society whom she proudly served with for over 30 years. Her kids fondly recall selling raffle tickets for their yearly card party.

Ceil was born in Detroit, MI on November 11, 1929, on the same day the Ambassador Bridge opened, spanning Detroit with Widsor, Ontario. Born on Veteran's Day, she had a number of  brothers who proudly served in World War II. Born to John and Helen Mulroy, she was the youngest sibling of Helen, Gerald, John, Bernard, Edwin and Vincent Mulroy.

She grew up in Detroit during its heyday, having fond memories of Hudson's Department Store, the Detroit Tigers, Clark's Park, and a spirited city proud of its workmanship. In World War II, she worked at the Detroit Railroad Depot and met Hank Greenburg as he returned there from the war to play for the Tigers. A decade later, she met her husband, Ralph, who then taught as a professor at the University of Detroit.

Her family includes her late husband, Ralph, who died on November 25, 1993.

She was the mother of Tom (Wendy), who proudly serve in the Air Force, Maryhelen (David) Miller, James (Annalea), Greg and Carol; grandmother of Michael (Tara), Robert, Brendan,  Marybeth, Nicholas, Andrew, Kristopher, Helena and Cameron.

Ceil has a number of family members and friends who still live near Detroit, MI. She had fondness for all her nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, knowing all of their birthdays by heart until her memory declined.

Ceil was a special person. She loved to socialize, even to her own detriment to the nuns in her younger days at Holy Redeemer School. Even after her memory declined several years ago, her spirit never faded. Her family is especially grateful to all the people in Youngstown and at Riverwood Nursing Home who looked out after her in the twilight of her life.

The family will be present on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 901 Cayuga Street, LEWISTON, NY, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 9:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Hinman and Second Streets, Youngstown, NY, with the Msgr. J. Thomas Moran officiating. Memorials may be made in her name to St. Bernard's Church. Interment at St. Bernard's Cemetery, Youngstown, NY.

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